Alternative “playlist” from Hyperallergic.com.
Interesting CFP on “stupendous villainy” in Korean cinema. “The continuing success of Korean films has garnered the interest of critics in the persistence of the popular genre form. Their appropriation of blockbuster aesthetics, reworking of narrative and genre conventions, as well as the treatment of diverse subject matters, have all received keen critical attention. This workshop focuses on a narrower element of Korean film’s popular appeal: the stupendous depiction of villainy. Through an examination of the strange depth of antiheroes and psychopaths, this workshop endeavors to elucidate an oft-neglected, yet impressive aesthetic achievement of recent popular Korean cinema. The sophisticated technique of character development in creating the archetype of the villain not only highlights the broader range and depth of new trends in popular filmmaking, but also calls for new ways to conceptualize the relationship between filmic representation and the society at large. The broad contour of the antagonist, ranging from the lure of transgression and a fear of the dreadful, will be of particular interest.”… more
I had the privilege and pleasure of participating in the Toronto-based filmmaker and friend Richard Fung‘s latest film, Re:Orientations, currently on the film… more
The Center for Korean Studies at UC Berkeley has announced a call for working papers for a Korean film workshop on the broad topic of history and historiography of Korean film. It is scheduled for July 15 of 2016. The workshop will examine the changing contour of Korean film history and its relationship with other cultural development and disciplinary engagements such as colonial visual culture and digital media. Abstracts are due on March 1.… more
Looking forward to seeing these three Korean films at this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival: The Basement Satellite… more
The recent news of unethical and inexcusable misconduct by a BBC journalist in North Korea has prompted an important letter from UK-based scholars of North Korea. While some have dismissed the controversy as “fuss,” there are huge implications for both academic research and political engagement.… more
Excellent resource for teaching and learning. Films for Action The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm