A blog by Shekhar Deshpande, Arcadia University

New Approaches to Teaching World Cinema

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
New Approaches to Teaching World Cinema

Meta Mazaj and I published a piece in Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier edited by Diane Carson and William Costanzo. The topic: “New Approaches to Teaching World Cinema Since teaching world cinema is our concern as much as writing on it, this was a very useful exercise. The connection between Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (2013) and Jonás […]

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Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children (2013)

| April 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children (2013)

When one of the most accomplished writers of our time, whose language, imagery and allegorical deft have transformed many a social crises into figurative labyrinths agrees to work with one of the formidable woman directors with a strong portfolio of socially oriented films to have captured liberal imagination, one would expect some cinematic magic to […]

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Celluloid Man– Saving History for our Rich Past

| April 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
Celluloid Man– Saving History for our Rich Past

“You can see a hundred years from now; you can see a certain aspect of life which was there only at the time, on that day. It means a lot. It means more than Greek Tragedy where everything is heightened beyond compare. But those very small things get so beautifully manifest (on film). It is […]

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The End of Cinema, the Future of Cinema Studies Conference at UPenn

| April 2, 2013 | 0 Comments
The End of Cinema, the Future of Cinema Studies Conference at UPenn

Spreading the word- UPenn Cinema Studies Conference!!

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From Tacita Dean to Francesco Casetti, via Chris Marker and Agnès Varda

| March 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
From Tacita Dean to Francesco Casetti, via Chris Marker and Agnès Varda

            Philadelphia area is in going through the lucky fortunes of three important cinema events. The moment is significant for cinephiles and film scholars. Three separate and otherwise unrelated events are offering a telling lesson in reading the trajectory of transformation in cinema itself, from the gifts of its incipiency to the maps of its […]

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Tacita Dean at Arcadia University Art Gallery

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments
Tacita Dean at Arcadia University Art Gallery

Tacita Dean at Arcadia University Art Gallery Art Gallery’s website describes the film and the exhibition as follows- “JG is a sequel in technique to FILM, Dean’s 2011 project for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. It is inspired by her correspondence with British author J.G. Ballard (1930-2009) regarding connections between Robert Smithson’s iconic earthwork and film Spiral Jetty (both works, 1970) and Ballard’s […]

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Tacita Dean—The Materiality of the Signifier

| January 31, 2013 | 1 Comment
Tacita Dean—The Materiality of the Signifier

In her monumental exhibit at Tate Modern last year, Tacita Dean used celluloid frames as tableau on which to write a solid defense of analog cinema. The spectacular spaces of the Turbine hall supported the much needed manifesto for the moment as the digital threatens the existence of celluloid film. She returned to the techniques […]

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Arcadia to host Arusha Africa Film Festival

| November 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

Arcadia hosts first ever Arusha Africa Film Festival (AAFF) at the Cultural Heritage Cinema Center on December 1st. Organized in collaboration with HAKIKA Entertainment, it is the first ever event on African cinema. The festival will showcase Nigerian and Tanazian cinema and will be attended by Nollywood actress Clarion Chukwurah  and Bongo film star Vincent […]

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Academy Awards Nominated Shorts, 2011

| February 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

A. O. Scott has an account of the animated and live action shorts that have been nominated for the Oscars this year. These shorts are now running in theaters in the U. S. While we ponder what is short film, here are his thoughts: Their wider availability makes sense in an era that might well […]

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Berlinale 2011, “Short films are closer to sketches than to paintings.”

| February 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

Berlinale 2011 has a special program for short films, now in its fourth year. Here is a very interesting (and useful) interview with the curator, Maike Mia Höhne on the merits of the short film form. Here is an insightful quote from her on how she approaches short film.   Q: “You talk about the […]

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