Political Film Newsletter #18

CONFERENCE GROUP ON POLITICS & FILM CALLS FOR PAPERS
Those seeking to present a paper at the 1998 convention of the American Political Science Association (Labor Day weekend, Boston Sheraton) are urged to email jww@prin.edu. Deadline: October 10.

HOLLYWOOD CORRECTS THE RECORD AGAIN
During the era of blacklisting in the 1950s and 1960s, many screenwriters were forced to ghostwrite scripts. Thanks to recent research by the Writers Guild of America, revised credits are now being issued to recognize Dalton Trumbo for Roman Holiday (1953), The Brave One (1956), and Deadly Is the Female (1959).

HAWAI`I INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL STARTS NOVEMBER 7
The Ice Storm, staring Kevin Kline, will open the 1997 Hawai`i International Film Festival at the historic Hawai`i Theatre on Friday, November 7. Director Ang Lee will be present to introduce the film and answer questions afterward. The festival, which lasts a week on O`ahu features films from Asia and the Pacific. Political Film Society members will vote for the film that best raises political consciousness.

STILL ONLY ONE NOMINEE FOR 1997 PFS AWARD
One film has been nominated for an award for 1997. Rosewood, which was released earlier in the year, is nominated for the category of Human Rights. However, other promising films are expected later this year: L.A. Confidential will describe police corruption in the 1950s. Amistad is Steven Spielberg’s rendering of a revolt on a slave ship in 1839. Kundun is Martin Scorsese’s depiction of the early life of the Dalai Lama, produced by Disney. Categories for awards are as follows:
o Democracy
o Exposé
o Human Rights
o Peace
Send your nominations to the above address.

PFS PUBLISHES NEW SYLLABUS
Burnet V. Davis has contributed his course syllabus “Reel Politics,” bringing the number of syllabi available from the Political Film Society to six. The other syllabi are from the following:
#1 John Williams
#2 Ernest Giglio
#3 Henry S. Kariel
#4 Michael Haas
#5 David Whiteman & Alfred Nordmann.

PFS PUBLISHES WORKING PAPERS
Working Papers are also 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 Savage, “Popular Film & Popular Communication”
#6 Aoki, “’Chan Is Missing’: Liberalism and the Blending of a Kaleidoscopic Culture”
#7 Allen, “Using Film and Television in the Classroom to Explore the Nexus of Sexual and Political Violence.”
To obtain copies of publications in either series, send a $1 donation per item requested, with a check payable to the “University of Hawai`i Foundation.”

POLITICAL FILM SOCIETY INVITES NEW MEMBERS
In its eleventh year of operation, the Political Film Society is the only organization that recognizes outstanding achievement in raising the political consciousness of the filmviewing public while working toward greater educational understanding of the role of film in politics. Initial membership is $5, payable to the “University of Hawai`i Foundation” and sent to the Political Film Society. Continuing members pay $5 yearly for hard copies of newsletters, whereas email and fax copies are free. The Society’s email address is as follows: PolFilmS@aol.com