Film Matters Launch

Film Matters. Cleverly titled, this periodical is the world’s first peer-reviewed undergraduate film journal. Published by Intellect in partnership with the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Film Matters is a new journal that exhibits scholarly film studies articles written by undergraduate students from around the world.

At 7pm on February 18, 2010, the UNCW Film Studies Department hosted a formal launch party for Film Matters on campus. As guests entered King Hall, they were cordially welcomed by the editors of the magazine, Liza Palmer and Tim Palmer, and presented with a gratis copy of the first issue of Film Matters. Guests were also encouraged to visit a nearby table replete with complimentary appetizers. Adjacent to the table containing the hors d'oeuvre sat another table festooned with numerous copies of the first issue of Film Matters and small postcard advertisements. A poster copy of the cover of the first issue of the magazine graced the wall above the tables.


In addition to the editors, individuals in attendance at the event included at least two-dozen UNCW students from the first FST 369: Producing the Undergraduate Film Magazine class (associated with Film Matters), the UNCW Film Studies Department Chair Dr. Lou Buttino, several other Film Studies Department faculty members, and the Chairman of Intellect, Masoud Yazdani.

After allowing ample time for the guests to socialize, the editors gathered the crowd’s attention and publically christened the first edition of Film Matters. First acknowledging various individuals for their commitment and support, the editors then congratulated the students for their scholarly achievement. Having created the concept for Film Matters and worked tirelessly to see their ideas realized, the editors were also celebrated by those in attendance at the launch.


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