[csaa-forum] Public seminar: Alisa Perren and Caroline Frick (UTexas at Austin), Mon 6 June @ Swinburne

Ramon Lobato ramonlobato at gmail.com
Tue May 31 13:42:34 ACST 2016

Dear colleagues,

You are warmly invited to join us for this public seminar with A/Prof
Alisa Perren and A/Prof Caroline Frick (University of Texas at Austin)
next week at Swinburne.

Date: Monday 06 June 2016
Time: 3:30PM to 5:00PM
Venue: AGSE 104, Hawthorn Campus
Enquiries: isrevents at swin.edu.au

>>> ALISA PERREN: Same Word, Different Medium: Indie TV in the 2000s <<<

In recent years, the term "indie TV" began to be used by trade
publications and the popular press to describe certain types of
television programs, including Louie, Top of the Lake, Fargo,
Togetherness, Girls, Master of None, and Mad Men. At the same time
that indie TV discourses circulated more frequently in the press, the
people, companies, and institutions associated with indie film began
to transfer their attention from film to television. Talent (e.g.,
Steven Soderbergh), cable channels (e.g., IFC), festivals (e.g.,
Sundance), and trade publications (e.g., indieWIRE) that previously
had been closely tied to the indie film business increasingly embraced
and invested in indie TV.

In this presentation, Alisa surveys the discourses surrounding "indie
TV" and examine the forces driving a range of industrial stakeholders
to shift their priorities from film to television. She will discuss
the types of programs - and the target audiences - that became
associated with indie TV, assessing where, when, and to what extent
the term gained traction. Through this discussion, it is possible to
assess how "indie" became used not only for the purposes of marketing
and product differentiation but also as a means of establishing
cultural distinctions between different types of television as well as
between television and film as media forms.

BIO: Alisa Perren is an Associate Professor in the Department of
Radio-TV-Film at The University of Texas at Austin. She is co-editor
of Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method (2009), author of
Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s
(2012), and co-founder and co-managing editor for the online,
peer-reviewed, open-access journal Media Industries. Her current book
project is The American Comic Book Industry and Hollywood, co-authored
with Gregory Steirer for BFI's International Screen Industries series.

<<< CAROLINE FRICK: Thinking Outside the Can: Media Preservation in
the 21st Century >>>

Despite the recent interest and attention to new (and old) forms of
media distribution, the role of preservation remains one of the most
understudied components of the media industries. Media archives, from
within Hollywood's vaults, underfunded non-profit shelves or
stultifying government agencies, have argued, collaborated, and argued
again over the responsibility for ensuring longevity and use for media
artifacts over time. In an era of convergence, who are the key
participants and players in this discussion and how are approaches
changing - or not?

"Thinking Outside the Can: Media Preservation in the 21st Century"
will offer an overview of past practice, present challenges and why,
more than ever, keeping older moving images moving is of critical

BIO: Caroline Frick is Associate Professor in the Radio-TV-Film
Department at The University of Texas at Austin, and the founder and
Executive Director of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, an
organization devoted to the discovery and preservation of media
related to the state. Her research and teaching interests focus upon
media history, the evolution of the moving image archiving movement,
cross-cultural approaches to historical preservation, and online media
libraries. Her book, Saving Cinema, was published in 2011 by Oxford
University Press.

Ramon Lobato
Senior research fellow
Swinburne Institute for Social Research | Department of Media and Communication
Room EW121, Hawthorn campus, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
+61 3 9214 8637

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