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2013 Flaherty Seminar will focus on history in cinema


The 59th Flaherty Seminar is entitled “History is What’s Happening” and will examine both the frame and subject of history in cinema.

This year’s edition of The Flaherty Seminar will take place on June 15 – 21, 2013 at the Colgate University, Hamilton, New York.

Main focus for the sessions at the seminar is to build an understanding of how the social and political conditions of the past are linked to the present. Featuring film and video works, which employ radical gestures in both form and political position, the seminar will draw upon strategies of performance, collective production, re-speaking, and archival research to consider the ever-shifting contexts and conditions in which images from the past are watched and repurposed.

The initial point of reference for the seminar is that documentary listens as much as it tells; it produces an engaged space, which hopes to create the conditions for communication. Questioning the effect of nostalgia in relationship to archives of images, the works in this program put forth the proposition that the function of history in cinema is not about remembering or recording, but about its potential for action.

The 59th Flaherty Seminar has the following registration dates and rates:

  •  · Early Registration (by April 1): $1,100
  •  · Regular registration (by May 1): $1,250
  •  · Late registration (after May 1): $1,350
  •  · Student registration: $900 (with valid student ID)

The registration fee includes accommodations, meals, screenings, discussions, and all other special events during the week. Transportation to and from Colgate University is not included. All participants stay in dormitory housing on the Colgate University campus. All rooms are single occupancy unless a roommate is requested.

Registration for the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar is open to the public. Participants spend a week of intensive viewing and impassioned discussion in a relaxed retreat-like environment out of which emerges the unique “Flaherty Experience.”

Here you can register and read more about The Flaherty Seminar

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