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About — Kishore Budha

Kishore BudhaKishore holds a PhD from the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds, UK (PhD award in January). His interests include philosophy, critical theories of media and communication, transnational communication, Film industry & production, Film theory, Film and history, Communications Policy, Visual Culture, Communication Technologies, Web media and communication. He has worked in the Indian print and web industry.

Posts by — Kishore

Silhouette: Film magazine

September 5, 2009   No Comments  


Silhouette is a lively film magazine with a range of interesting articles published from Kolkata (Calcutta) and is available free as an ebook. To obtain it email Amitava Nag (amitava.nag@gmail.com) or download it from its home at Wikidot (link).

Bamako: Arguments for Africa

July 27, 2009   No Comments  

Still from film

Still from film

Abderrahmane Sissako’s Bamako is an audacious film. It encourages us to ponder over the conceit of rational argumentation and the irrationality of rations for the world’s poorest. The film presents a trial of the IMF and World Bank, set in the courtyard of a multi-family dwelling in the capital of Mali with the African civil society acting as plaintiff. Though Bamako runs the risk of being labelled a “festival film” due to the subject and treatment, the film’s modest juxtaposition of modernist argumentation in a courtyard filled with the banal, the sick and the low-brow lays bare the futility of discussions about ethics in the African public sphere. [Read more →]

Compass of Desire Festival — Call for Entries

July 20, 2009   No Comments  

Calling all fanatical and passionate film producers, flamboyant cultivators of the moving image! Five Minutes of Fire challenges you to create and submit short films around the theme of desire. Part of ‘The Compass of Desire Festival’, Five Minutes of Fire will bring together film-makers from far and wide to exhibit their work here in Bristol, UK. [Read more →]

CFP: European Producers and Production (Wide Screen spl issue)

July 16, 2009   No Comments  

Call For Papers – Special Issue of Wide Screen [Read more →]

(CFP) Cinematic Representation of Immigration, Spaces and Identities

May 20, 2009   No Comments  

NEMLA, April 7-11 2010, Montreal, Canada

Cinematic Representation of Immigration, Spaces and Identities: The representation of immigration and immigrants through films is very often linked to the space in which they choose to live. How could we define the dynamic between the notions of immigration, spaces and identities through movies in today’s cinema from different countries? How do immigration spaces foster the immigrants that live in them? How do these spaces affect their identity? Do immigrants also reshape the place where they have found asylum? This is the main frame of analysis that this panel will explore. [Read more →]

(CFP) Human Rights and Cinema

May 20, 2009   No Comments  

Virginia Bonner/SAMLA 2009 Conference in Atlanta

In keeping with the theme of the 2009 SAMLA Atlanta convention, this panel seeks papers that address the link between human rights and the humanities via national cinema(s). Possible topics may include but are not limited to: Ethics, Theories of Spectatorship, Documentary, Memory and Trauma, Individual vs. Collective Consciousness, Living in Exile, and Politics and Humanities. By June 14, 2009, please send proposals of approximately 500 words with presenter’s name, academic affiliation and contact information (including e-mail and mailing addresses) to Virginia Bonner, Clayton State University, at vbonner@clayton.edu

Of critics and criticism

May 13, 2009   No Comments  

One of the founder members of The Independent, UK, David Lister offers a frank description of the state of apple polishing, er film criticism, which could perhaps be now called a universal affliction — journalists who truckle at the sight of film stars and producers. A sample:

I will never forget the press conference given by Charlton Heston a few years ago, when the late actor was still performing. This was the first “question” from a Lebanese film critic: “Mr Heston, you are a god in my country. You are my father, my mother, my sister and my brother.”

For more read here (link)

Turkish film posters

April 4, 2009   No Comments  

A delight for anybody interested in film culture: Deniz Pinar from Turkey has started a blog on Turkish film posters. Visitors will relish the set of “Turkish Fantastic Cinema”. My favourite is Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (Turkish Star Wars movie).


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Music, Sound, and the Moving Image

February 3, 2009   No Comments  

Music, Sound, and the Moving Image is the first international scholarly journal devoted to the study of the interaction between music and sound with the entirety of moving image media – film, television, music video, advertising, computer games, mixed-media installation, digital art, live cinema, et alia. [Read more →]

(CFP) Hollywood Politics: The Popular Culture Factor in 21st Century Politics

February 2, 2009   1 Comment  

Editor: Leah A. Murray

In 2008 we saw a continuation and maybe even an acceleration of the trend of popular culture having a real effect on politics. From The Daily Show ,to Obama’s Blackberry, to candidates’ use of Facebook and MySpace, we have seen politics opening up to new ways of thinking and acting as we come online for the next generation. As this next generation grows up in a politicized popular world (or perhaps a popularized political world) where issues like torture are dealt with on shows like 24 and we have fictional presidents on The West Wing who deal with real-life policy choices, it is in our interest to understand how this coverage affects the discourse. This edited collection seeks to enhance the discussion of the popular culture effect on our understanding of politics. [Read more →]