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The Big Picture film poster Competition

In partnership with Park Circus films, we’re giving away three exclusive posters for festive films that have become as synonymous with the Christmas season as Santa Claus or injuries at a black Friday sale.

The holiday wouldn’t be complete without a cosy revisiting of Frank Capra’s 1946 gem It’s A Wonderful Life, Brian Henson’s mischievous rehash The Muppet Christmas Carol and Robert Zemeckis’ CGI laden but no less magical The Polar Express - so you’ll be pleased to know that all three are back on the big screen at selected cinemas throughout the month of December.

All you need to do to win the set of three posters is tell us your favourite Christmas movie and why in 100 words or less.

Simply email your entry to Intellectthebigpicturemagazine@gmail.com before Friday December 19th for your chance to win.

Find out more here.

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Integrative Alexander Technique Practice for Performing Artists
Cathy Madden - Reading & Book Signing at UBookstore
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 7:00pm
University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Price: Free
 

Teaching people to understand the ways they are interfering with their natural coordination, the Alexander Technique applies the use of consciously coordinated responses to ease tension, alleviate chronic stress, and improve performance. In a new guide-book specifically for performers, Alexander Technique coach Cathy Madden presents the practice as it applies to common concerns and specific applications in the life and work of performers. Join us at the Univerity Bookstore  for a reading and signing. Cathy will share from her new book and expand on how anyone can benefit from ridding themselves of unnecessary muscular and mental effort using the Alexander Technique.

Cathy Madden is principal lecturer for the University of Washingtons Professional Actor Training program, director of the Alexander Technique Training and Performance Studio in Seattle, and associate director and research director for BodyChance in Japan. She was a founding member and is a former chair of Alexander Technique International.

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Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion call for papers for focus issue on Boys’ Fashion.
Guest editors:
Jeannie Iorio, University of Hawai`i, West Oahu 
Will Parnell, Portland State University
 
Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion is now accepting submissions for a focus issue on reconceptualizing understandings of boys’ fashion and clothing culture (birth to age 8) with a specific focus on childhood and its interaction with fashion and material culture. Deadline to submit a manuscript for the focus issue is 15th January 2015. All manuscripts will undergo double blind peer review. Articles will be selected on their content, scholarship, and technical quality. The content must be in line with the journal’s vision of advancing scholarship on men and appearance. This vision can be interpreted in a variety of ways. For example, manuscripts could address topics such as young boys and their choice of clothing or how and why adults dress young boys the way they do. 
 
Contributions are welcome from any discipline, including (but not limited to) fashion studies, early childhood education, anthropology, art, art history, business, child and family studies, consumer studies, cultural studies, economics, education, gender studies, ethnic studies, humanities, literature, marketing, psychology, queer studies, religion, sociology, and textiles. Diverse methods including critical perspectives, qualitative, reconceptualist, narrative, arts-based, poststructural, auto-ethnographic, interpretivist phenomenological, sociological, ethnographic, arts methodology, and alternative forms of knowledge construction are encouraged.
 
Potential topics for this focus issue include (but are not limited to):
  • alternative conceptions of boys’ clothing
  • aesthetic quality and boys’ clothing
  • stereotyping and gender bias in early years research
  • play and boys’ clothing
  • literature and boys’ clothing
  • social class and boys’ clothing
  • anthropology of boys’ clothing
  • gender perfomativity
  • gender non-comformity 
All submissions must follow Intellect’s house style for review: http://www.
intellectbooks.co.uk/MediaManager/File/Intellect%20style%20guide.pdf. Manuscripts should be maximum 7000 words and use British spelling. It is the author’s responsibility to clear image rights usage if they are included in the manuscript. 
 

Please send submissions and queries to guest editor Jeanne Iorio (Iorio@Hawaii.edu). 

Visit the journal's webpage.

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China Image Film Festival in London
Sponsored by Intellect
Intellect is proud to be one of the sponsors of the 6th China Image Film Festival in London. The publisher’s representative will be meeting the audience, filmmakers, actors, actresses, film critics and academics at the opening ceremony on the 18th November. 
 
The 6th Europe China Image Film Festival will be launched in London from November 18th to 25th, 2014. Founded in 2009, ECIFF is the largest and most highly attended Chinese film festival in Europe. With the target of “China Image, Move the World”, ECIFF has been committed to serving as a platform between Chinese films and European audiences. Also, as an important bridge that connects Chinese films and the international film industry, this year ECIFF continues to perform as a platform for the cooperation, coproduction and joint venture between Chinese and European film industries.
 
This year, Europe China Image Film Festival comes back with four highlights:
 
Highlight 1: A Charity Blockbuster as the Opening Film
 
One Day, the 3-million-budget (RMB) film, is selected as the opening film. Starred by the A-list Chinese stars such as Zhou Xun, Siqin Gaowa, Xu Fan and Han Geng, this non-profit film is composed of nine stories of the different life of children. Connected loosely with each other, all of these nine storylines have focused on one theme: the power of love in Children’s growth.
 
Highlight 2: Two Film Industry Forums
 
Two forums on the film industry will be held on the 19th and 20th November: Eu-China Co-Production Forum & Co-Production Project Pitch, Youth Film Forum. European investors show interest in the Chinese market after the Chinese co-production policy with UK/EU has gradually relaxed; the Chinese film industry would benefit through cooperation projects with the advanced technology, talents, and production procedure from the European film industry, in order to raise the quality and diversity in film-making, as well as to expand the promotional and distribution channels. Besides, the Youth Film Forum focuses on three parts: China-UK film & TV talent development and training; China-UK film & TV exchange project for young talents; and China-UK young generation film-makers – experience sharing and co-operation opportunities.
 
Highlight 3A Star-Studded Award Ceremony
 
In the Award Ceremony, many Chinese film stars will come to London and attend the ceremony. Chen Sicheng and Tong Liya, the star couple comes with their new film Beijing Love Story. Directed by Chen, the film depicts a number of couples from different generations who are facing challenges between dreams and reality in Beijing.
 
Highlight 4: Multi-themed films in the Film Exhibition Week
 
This year, around 30 films will be screened in Odeon cinema (panton street), including documentaries, animation, shorts, minority films, artistic films, and moreover, non-Chinese films.
 
For more information about the festival, please visit the festival official website:

http://china-image.org 

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Launch of PUBLIC's 50th Issues
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
7 – 8:30 pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Members $12 | Public $15 | Students $10
 
Franco “Bifo” Berardi: The Retreat
Join us for a talk by Franco Berardi to celebrate and launch PUBLIC's 50th issue: The Retreat: Dark Zest Geist Dystopia and Self Fulfilling Prophecy: Imagination and the Narration of the Future in Contemporary Literature and Cinema.
 
For further info and to buy tickets follow this link: http://www.ago.net/bifo
 

PUBLIC: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=217/ 

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The Itinerant Illustrator
Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India 18th and 19th December 2014
The 5th  International Illustration Research event joins forces with the peer reviewed Journal of Illustration and is hosted by Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore. The symposium this year will focus on the praxis of illustration in an expanded field, including histories of local/regional illustrative practices and the traversing of diverse media platforms.
 
Through talks, workshops, performances and exhibited works, we will consider the illustrator in terms of the ‘habitual travelling’ that he or she undertakes. The itinerant nature of the illustrator is evident in the praxis of illustration itself- the oscillation of thought between word and image, page and screen, hand and eye, dream and reality.
 
Occupying many roles and moving dynamically between them, the itinerant illustrator is an interpreter, a translator, an illuminator, as well as a storyteller, enquirer, performer and a pictorial juggler of ideas. The nomadic nature of the illustrator is to wander between disciplines, search for new contexts and to make images not on one, but several different platforms within an eternal evolution of technologies.
 
The multi-sited nature of illustration, along with illustrators’ journeys between several positions and places, also involves images that travel. We would like to investigate the fluidity of visual codes and languages, the translations, adaptations and hybrid practices that respond to the movement of cultures within the global village. How are images made and read within shifting regional and trans national contexts? How can we use illustration itself as a methodology to shed light on the praxis of illustration in these multiple contexts? 300 word proposals for 20 minute academic papers and practice based presentations are invited including (but not limited to) the following topics:
 
• Illustration within local and hybrid cultures
• Illustrated Narratives on transnational platforms
• Image and space – murals, installations and other site-specific images
• The illustration as palimpsest: reinterpretations of received bodies of knowledge.
• The itinerant storyteller – the book, the scroll, the kaavad.
• Illustration’s relationship to technology
• Memory and place in illustration practice
• Illustration as performance and dialogue
• Local/Regional approaches to illustration practice
• Post colonialism and illustration
• The illustrator as tourist within global image culture
 
Please email abstracts along with your name, affiliation and email address to Sandeep Chandra Ashwath, sandeep@srishti.ac.in, Desdemona McCannon d.mccannon@mmu.ac.uk and Anna Bhushan abhushan@cardiffmet.ac.uk
 
Selected papers and presentations will be considered for publication in forthcoming issues of the peer reviewed Journal of Illustration, published by Intellect books.
 

Deadline for abstracts: Friday 4th July 

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Nick Smedley: The Roots of Modern Hollywood
Presentation with visuals followed by Q&A

Thursday 13 November 2014
2.30pm - 3.30pm  (no interval)
Leconfield Hall  Petworth  GU28 0AH

45 minute presentation with visuals followed by an opportunity for questions and answers. Nick Smedley will then be available to sign copies of his book.
 
Film expert Nick Smedley, talks about his latest book which looks at developments in Hollywood cinema since 1970.
 
The book examines around 100 films which illustrate Smedley’s contention that American filmmakers persist in examining what constitutes American liberalism in an otherwise feverishly capitalist and individualist culture.
His fascinating investigation – which contains exclusive interviews with such giants of Hollywood cinema as Michael Mann and Peter Weir, as well as emerging talents Paul Haggis and Tony Gilroy – also highlights Hollywood’s long tradition of opposition to global conflicts (with the exception of World War II), and demonstrates how Hollywood’s deeply ingrained hostility to feminism has slowly crumbled since the 1990s.
 
NICK SMEDLEY is a distinguished historian of American cinema, and one who pioneered the use of archival materials and research in the study of Hollywood. Alongside articles and booklets on American and British cinema, Nick has published A Divided World: Hollywood Cinema and Emigre Directors in the Era of Roosevelt and Hitler, 1933-1948 (Intellect, 2011), an account of American fi lms in the Golden Age, focusing on Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch. Nick frequently lectures on cinema at fi lm societies around the country, including the Petworth Film House, the Athenaeum Club in London, and the British Film Institute.     http://www.nicksmedley.com/?author=1
 
In association with Petworth Film House
Reserved Seating
Adult £10
18 and under £4
 

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Painting and Cinema: Panel discussion

10 Dec 20148:00 pm | Cinema 1 | ICA

Book tickets

Coinciding with the launch of the new Journal of Contemporary Painting, a peer reviewed academic journal published by Intellect, this panel discussion will address the complex relationship between painting and cinema.
 
In 1971 Stanley Cavell published The World Viewed, a text that explores the mechanisms of the frame and the screen and the role they play in the formation of the viewer’s relationship with the ‘world’ of a painting. The panel discussion will offer both direct and indirect responses to his ideas, with invited speakers showing short extracts from films of their choice and discussing the influence of Cinema on their painting practices.
 
The Journal of Contemporary Painting is edited by Rebecca Fortnum, Beth Harland, Michael Finch and Daniel Sturgis and published by Intellect.
 
Panel: Lydia Dona, Kaye Donachie, Dan Hays and Mario Rossi
Chair: Professor Beth Harland
 
Lydia Dona is an American artist, born in Romania, who lives and works in New York City. She has shown extensively nationally and internationally in various galleries and museums. Her work is included in the Phaidon publication of Painting Today, by Tony Godfrey.
 
Kaye Donachie lives and works in London. She holds a MA from Royal College of Art (1997). Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Maureen Paley (2013) Portraits of Solitude, Hernan Bas & Kaye Donachie De la Cruz Collection Project Space, Miami, Florida (2014).
 
Dan Hays completed a PhD at Kingston University in 2012, which included the exhibition Screen as Landscape at the Stanley Picker Gallery. Exploring the relationship between the intangible, encoded realm of the digital screen and the palpable, time-consuming nature of painting has been the main focus of his work since 1999.
 
Mario Rossi is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art in Central St Martins, University of the Arts London. His concerns are with the enduring potential of the painted image, the interchanges between cinema and painting and exploring and disrupting hegemonic structures of representation.
 
Beth Harland is an artist and Professor of Fine Art at Lancaster University. She is principal investigator of a research project in collaboration with the Centre for Visual Cognition at the University of Southampton, looking at theories of absorption and viewer acknowledgment.
 
Event funded by the Art & Design Research Institute (ADRI), Middlesex University amd Intellect.
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Launch event for Moving Image Review & Art Journal
Andrea Luka Zimmerman: Screening and in conversation with Lucy Reynolds

Wednesday 19 November 2014

5.30 to 7pm

Lecture Theatre, University of the Arts London, 16 John Islip St, Chelsea College of Arts, SW1p 4JU

Andrea Luka Zimmerman will screen extracts from her recent films, including the forthcoming feature essay film Estate, a Reverie which premieres at Hackney's Rio Cinema on 22 November 2014. Filmed over seven years, Estate seeks to reveal and celebrate the resilience of residents who are profoundly overlooked by media representations and wider social responses. Interweaving intimate portraits with the residents' own historical re-enactments and dramatised scenes, Estate, a Reverie asks how we might resist being framed exclusively  through class, gender, ability or disability, and through geography.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception to celebrate the launch of MIRAJ 2.2 and 3.1

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Call for papers: Studies in South Asian Film and Media, Special Issue on Science Fiction in South Asian Film, Media, Arts and Literature.

Although science fiction has been a popular literary genre in several South Asian languages it has received very little critical attention. The absence is even more acute in the areas of cinema, theatre, radio, television, the visual arts, and new media. This lack of scholarship leads to the misassumption that science fiction has been of little consequence to the South Asian literary, cinematic and artistic imaginations. However, this has hardly been the case, as one realizes from the popularity of vernacular science fiction over at least two centuries of literary history. In more recent times,cinema, painting, installation art, graphic novels, plays, as well as radio and television series have drawn upon science fiction to generate new inquiries into time, space, history and memory,raising ontological questions about technology’s interface with the contemporary world.
 
This issue is an attempt to recover and assess the histories and imaginaries of science fiction in South Asia across a diverse range of mediatized, artistic and literary forms. It marks a small step towards calibrating the region’s scientific and technological imagination outside of a developmental paradigm. We seek to solicit contributions from scholars, filmmakers, artists, writers, as well as sic-fi enthusiasts offering historical and critical perspectives on significant texts,individuals, institutions, and themes that have shaped the cultural and artistic expression of science fiction across South Asia.
 
Dates and Submissions policy
 
Please write torashmi.sawhney@gmail.com or aartiwani@gmail.comto discuss your ideas. Abstracts of 500 words along with an author bio should be emailed to us by the 15th November 2014.
 
In addition to critical essays of 6000-8000 words, we also welcome shorter creative pieces of 2000-4000 words, in the form of interviews, photo essays (B/W), speculative pieces, translations of short stories, and artists’ reflections on science-fiction influenced work.
 
The deadline for the first draft is 30th January 2015. All contributions will be peer-reviewed and the final submission will be due by 30thMarch. The issue will be published by June 2015.
 
All copyrights are to be cleared by the authors. Guidelines to the Intellect house-style are available at http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/MediaManager/File/style%20guide(journals)-1.pdf.

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