Political Film Newsletter #8

JOHN SAYLES DEPICTS LONE STAR SOCIAL CHANGE
Former PFS award winner for Matewan, John Sayles focuses on social change in another small southern town, this time in Texas. Although the film has not yet been nominated for a PFS award, reports on the film are uniformly positive.

NOMINEES FOR 1996 PFS AWARDS
Only one film has been nominated for a PFS award for best raising political consciousness in 1996: Dead Man Walking (category of Human Rights). Members of the Political Film Society can nominate films with a simple letter, mailed to the above address.

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 Kariel (revised)
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.

APSA POLITICS & FILM GROUP DRAFTS NEW CONSTITUTION
In preparation for the possible acceptance of a Politics & Film Section by the American Political Science Association (APSA), Ernst Giglio and David Whiteman, PFS members, have drafted a brief constitution for the group. The key provisions are the following:
1) Purpose: promote teaching and research related to politics and film.
2) Membership: only for members and associate members of APSA, with dues set by the new section.
3) Officers: Chair, Program Chair, Membership Co-ordinator, Secretary-Treasurer, Newsletter Editor.
4) Elections: at annual business meetings, presumably during APSA annual conventions, with mail ballot if one-fourth of members at the meeting so request.
5) Newsletter: New newsletter or no separate newsletter from the PFS newsletter?
6) Awards: supersede PFS by making awards or new awards for outstanding papers and books?
7) Amendments: by a majority at the annual business meeting.
Since most PFS members are not political scientists, the two organizations may remain separate but will need to coordinate efforts. For comments on the proposal, contact either PFS at the above address or David Whiteman at the Dept. of Government and International Studies, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208–or E-Mail him at whiteman@sc.edu

APSA CONVENTION STARTS AUGUST 29
The San Francisco Hilton is the site for the convention this year. Three PFS panels and a business meeting are featured.