Political Film Newsletter #6

NOMINEES FOR 1996 PFS AWARDS SOLICITED
From March 1 to April 15, no new films were nominated for 1996 awards for best raising political consciousness in the categories of Democracy, Exposé, Human Rights, and Peace. Previously nominated for the best film in the category of Human Rights is Dead Man Walking. Members of the Political Film Society can nominate films with a simple letter, mailed to the above address.

PANELS SLATED FOR THE APSA MEETING IN SAN FRANCISCO
For a second year, the Political Film Society will sponsor panels at the annual convention of the American Political Science Association, to be held during Labor Day weekend in San Francisco. The panels, subject to final approval in a few weeks, are as follows:

Panel I: “Visual Texts: Gender, Race, and Cultural Stereotyping”
Chair: Janice Judson
Papers:
Barbara Allen, “Through the Looking Glass: Film Texts as Mirrors of Sexual & Political Violence”
Andrew Aoki, “`Chan is Missing’: Liberalism & the Blending of a Kaleidoscopic Culture”
Yako Tahnaga Myers, “Way of Life: Re-Imaging Native American Culture and Illuminating Liberal American Life”
Discussants: Christa Slaton & Martha Mockus

Panel II: “War, Revolution and Change: Film as Ideology”
Chair: Ernest Giglio
Papers:
John W. Williams, “Portraying Revolution: A Comparative Analysis of the Films `Burn’ and ‘Cuba'”
David Whiteman, “Inequality and Public Discourse: The Role of Film & Video in Movements for Social Change”
Salley E. Parry, “So Proudly They Serve: American Women in World War II Films”
Discussant: Jay M. Parker

Panel III: “Understanding Politics Through Film and Literature”
Chair: Michael Genovese
Papers:
E. Fletcher McClellan, “One Nation Under Gump: `Forrest Gump’ and the Public Mood of the Clinton-Gingrich Years”
Byron W. Daynes & Ron Briley, “The Politics of Inequality: Complementary Expressions in Film and the Novel”
Discussants: Henry S. Kariel & Kristin Eschweiler.

In addition, there will be a business meeting of the organizing group for the proposed Politics & Film Section. A petition to form the section has gathered some 60 signatures thus far.

PFS PUBLISHES WORKING PAPERS & SYLLABI
Five Working Papers are available for purchase:
#1 Genovese, “Art & Politics: The Political Film as a Pedagogical Tool
#2 Morlan, “Pre-World War II Propaganda: Film as Controversy”
#3 Giglio, “From Riefenstahl to the Three Stooges: Defining the Political Film”
#4 Williams, “The Real Oliver North Loses: The Reel Bob Roberts Wins”
#5 R. I. Savage, “Popular Film & Popular Communication.”
Politics & Film Syllabi, authored by the following, are also available:
#1 John Williams
#2 Ernest Giglio
#3 Henry S. Kariel
To obtain copies, send a $1 donation per item requested to PFS, with a check payable to the “University of Hawai`i Foundation” to the above address.