We are back: MIRG GIG Autumn 2014 Schedule

Oct. 3 at 4:30 pm
We would like see you at a casual get-together at the College Inn.

Oct. 4 at 6 pm
Screening of  O Brother Where Art Thou at the Egyptian
Tickets: Please let us know by WEDNESDAY if you are planning on attending.
FYI: FREE admission with a Capitol Hill business receipt (let me know if you are thinking about getting your own ticket)

Oct. 9-19

Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Suggestion for attending screenings together are more than welcome. We would like to direct your attention to:
                  Oct 10 Gerontophilia
                  Oct 12 Regarding Susan Sontag

Oct. 10 at 11 am – 1 pm
MIRG Teaching Workshop, Mary Gates 082
Topic: Designing and Assessing Creative Media Assignments
For more information contact Jennifer Bean (jmbean at uw.edu)

Oct. 13 at 3:30 – 5 pm 
MIRG GIG Post-Workshop Meeting, CMU 202

For the rest of the fall schedule, please click here!

May 16 – Talk: Paula Amad on Cin-aereality

Paula Amad (University of Iowa) 
Cin-aereality: The Aerial Imprint in European Avant-Garde Cinema of the 1920s
4:00 PM, Communications 120, UW Seattle

Although the photographic view from above forms a canonical figure in modernist art, architecture and photography of the early twentieth century, and has more recently become ubiquitous with Google Earth, there has been relatively little attention given to the aerial imaginary within the realm of motion pictures. This paper offers some preliminary outlines for a potential study of the thematic, formal and cultural relation between aviation and cinema, giving particular emphasis to the reframing of perception resulting from the advances of aerial reconnaissance photography in the First World War and the ensuing visual imprint of aerial vision in early twentieth century avant-garde films such as László Moholy-Nagy’s Marseille, Vieux Port (1929) and Jean Vigo’s A Propos de Nice (1929).

SCMS Conference 2013 in Chicago – MIRG-Gigsters were a part of it!

Four of our Mirg-Gigsters attended this years SCMS conference in Boston.

Katherine Morrow presented on “China Inside and Out: The 1958 Karlovy‑Vary  International Film Festival.”

Verena Kick presented on “Social Networks and Internet Cinephilia—The Case of Amélie.”

Annie Fee presented on “The Rejection of the International Film Avant‑Garde by French Audiences : 1918–1922.”

Jasmin Krakenberg and Verena Kick co-chaired a panel on “Werner Herzog’s Documentaries.”


We would like to thank the Simpsons Center for supporting us to attend this year’s conference.

Hopefully, some MIRG-Gigsters will be able to participate in next year’s conference here in Seattle!!!

Talk: “Traces of a Viennese Childhood: Uncovering the Early Life and Career of Edgar G. Ulmer”

Noah Isenberg (Director of Screen Studies and Associate Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College-The New School for Liberal Arts, NYC)

Noah Isenberg
Friday, February 15, 2013 – 1:30pm
Rey Library, Denny Hall 308

Friday Lecture Series

Edgar G. Ulmer (1904-1972) enjoyed a thirty-five year career as an international film director. Born in the Austro-Hungarian provinces and raised in Vienna, he came to America with Max Reinhardt’s theater company in 1924, and is today best remembered for his remarkably diverse output of movies (from Menschen am SonntagThe Black Cat, and Green Fields through DetourRuthlessThe Naked Dawn and The Cavern) made in Berlin, Hollywood, New York and points in between. Building on more than a decade of writing and research, and focusing specifically on the director’s early years, Isenberg’s lecture untangles the persistent myths and half-truths that have shrouded Ulmer’s life and career.

Noah Isenberg is Director of Screen Studies at Eugene Lang College – The New School for Liberal Arts in New York City. His forthcoming critical biography, Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins, is due out next year from the University of California Press.

MIRG talk Winter 2013

Michael Renov
The Facial Closeup in Audio-Visual Testimony: The Power of Embodied Memory
4:00 PM, Communications 120

What is the special power of the close-up in the documentary film, especially for audio-visual testimony of Holocaust or 9/11 survivors? Inspired by the writings of Belá Balázs and Emmanuel Levinas, Michael Renov (School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California) interrogates the aesthetic, psychological, and ethical stakes of the facial close-up with examples drawn from Shoah Foundation testimony and Jim Whitaker’s Rebirth (2011). Renov is Professor of Critical Studies and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and the author of Hollywood’s Wartime Woman: Representation and Ideology and The Subject of Documentary, editor of Theorizing Documentary, and co-editor of Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices, Collecting Visible Evidence, The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies and Cinema’s Alchemist: The Films of Peter Forgacs.

Sponsored by the MIRG: Moving Images Research Group.

Screening Series starts this Monday, Jan 14, 5pm (COM 120)

With the new quarter, we give our screening series a 2nd try and start with Novotny’s Remix of Michael Glawogger’s Megacities (1997):

Timo Novotny – Life In Loops (Megacities Remix)
2006 / Austria / 80 minImage
Where: Communications 120
When: Jan. 14th – 5pm
Watch the trailer here
More information about the next 5 screenings in Winter and Spring here!

The screening is free and we welcome any UW affiliated faculty, staff or students. 

Upcoming MIRG event and talks this fall

Sunday, October 28th
SPL (Seattle Public Library), Microsoft Auditorium, Level 1, 2pm

James Tweedie, Jennifer Bean, Shuxuan Zhou

Women and China’s New Documentaries at the Seattle Public Library

More info here.


Friday, November 9th
COM 202, 12 pm

Jeremy Blatter

“Screening the Psychological Laboratory: Hugo Münsterberg, Psychotechnics, and the Cinema, 1906-1916”

More info here.


Thursday, December 6th
COM 120, 4pm

Leigh Mercer

From King Alphonse XIII’s Clandestine Collection to the Valencian Film Archives: Powers at Play in Spain’s Early Pornographic Film History

More info here.

Summer film class at the NWFF


Six Mondays, July 9-Aug 13, 6:30–8:30pm

at Northwest Film Forum

1515 12th Ave, Seattle Instructor: Eric Ames Tuition: $95/members, $115/general Max Attendance: 25 Register online at www.nwfilmforum.org/live/page/workshops/1146#2177  

Over the course of his career, Werner Herzog (known for such visionary masterpieces as Aguirre, the Wrath of God and The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser) has created an extraordinary body of work. This class explores Herzog’s key films from 1968 to the present. Weekly discussions will focus on two examples as well as questions of filmmaking style, genre, and authorship. While exploring such notable films as Lessons of Darkness and Grizzly Man, we’ll also look at the director’s paradoxical relationship with documentary.