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Distribution Struggle: Assembling A Media History Of J. Brian’S Enterprises With Court Proceedings And Public Records, Finley Freibert 2021 University of Louisville

Distribution Struggle: Assembling A Media History Of J. Brian’S Enterprises With Court Proceedings And Public Records, Finley Freibert

Faculty Scholarship

This article introduces the concept of “distribution struggle”—the panoply of cultural and industrial conflicts that must be traced and accounted for in distribution histories—to sequence a primary-sourced media history of J. Brian’s gay media enterprises. In tracing this history, primary sources are surprisingly accessible, and provide new insights into J. Brian’s industrial operations. By triangulating archival records with secondary accounts, this article provides a more nuanced cultural and industrial portrait of J. Brian. It argues that media industry historiography must frame historical narratives by accounting for the cultural and industrial struggles that culminated in the available ...


Nomadland: The New Frontiers Of The American Dream At The Periphery Of The Market, Aleksandrina Atanasova, Giana Eckhardt 2021 University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Nomadland: The New Frontiers Of The American Dream At The Periphery Of The Market, Aleksandrina Atanasova, Giana Eckhardt

Markets, Globalization & Development Review

This Dialogue contribution is based around the film Nomadland, which won five Oscars, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress. Nomadland, a captivating ode to resisting market logics of accumulation, delivers a gripping image of what life looks like in the absence of possessions. Navigating between the extremes of lack and social displacement, and community and newfound ability to live life with little, the nomads find ways to live in the face of despair and disenchantment. Nomadland is a critique of the death of the American dream while at the same time a story of solidarity amongst the dispossessed.


Film Review: Mulan (2020), Josefine Pettit 2021 CSUSB

Film Review: Mulan (2020), Josefine Pettit

History in the Making

No abstract provided.


Film Review: The Trial Of The Chicago 7, Moises Gonzales 2021 CSUSB

Film Review: The Trial Of The Chicago 7, Moises Gonzales

History in the Making

No abstract provided.


An Analysis Of Forty Years Of Gender Archetypes On The American Silver Screen, Xaviera I. Valencia 2021 University of Rhode Island

An Analysis Of Forty Years Of Gender Archetypes On The American Silver Screen, Xaviera I. Valencia

Senior Honors Projects

Hollywood has come under fire recently from producer Harvey Weinstein’s role in sparking the #MeToo movement to the predominantly white, male composition of the Academy Awards’ voting members. Yet the film industry also provides a platform to actors, directors, and other crew members -- through acceptance speeches and movies themselves -- to spread awareness about pressing societal issues, including climate change, sexual assault, racism, and homophobia.

Art, especially film, has a tremendous effect on society and can either perpetuate stereotypes or dispel myths. For instance, Philadelphia (1993) brought into the mainstream the story of a man who was HIV+ and his ...


A Film Of Many Colors : Neoliberalism, Capitalism, And Climate Change In Rango, Sierra Javras 2021 Montclair State University

A Film Of Many Colors : Neoliberalism, Capitalism, And Climate Change In Rango, Sierra Javras

Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects

Although largely ignored by ecocritics, Gore Verbinski’s Rango is undeniably a valuable film in the debates about climate change. It follows the story of a chameleon who accidentally falls out of his owner’s car and travels to Dirt, a town populated by anthropomorphized animals in the Mojave Desert suffering from a drought caused by neoliberal water privatization. Through various filmmaking techniques, such as the use of mise-en-scene, character design, and narrative style, Verbinski exposes the detrimental impacts the artificial water shortage and various other capitalist endeavors have caused to the desert environment. In doing so, I argue that ...


Grappling With The Aftereffects Of Modernism In American Literature And Culture: Spiritual, Political, And Ecological, Joseph Neary 2021 Bowling Green State University

Grappling With The Aftereffects Of Modernism In American Literature And Culture: Spiritual, Political, And Ecological, Joseph Neary

Master of Arts in English Plan II Graduate Projects

In this portfolio, Joe Neary examines various texts within contemporary American culture, including David Foster Wallace’s short story, “Good Old Neon,” Harmony Korine’s film, Spring Breakers, Richard Powers’ novel, The Overstory, and Bruce Holsinger’s book of criticism, Neomedievalism, Neoconservatism, and the War on Terror.


Look At Her: The Subversive Spectacle Of Grande Dame Guignol Cinema, Michelle Smith 2021 Belmont University

Look At Her: The Subversive Spectacle Of Grande Dame Guignol Cinema, Michelle Smith

English Theses

While the Grande Dame Guignol films of the early 1960s served in their time to capitalize on the reputations of aging female stars and the growing popularity of the horror genre, an updated reading of this subgenre proves that it is rich with social critique regarding the feminine experience, social performance, and the tendencies of classical Hollywood cinema that promote a dominant, patriarchal social narrative. While many popular and critical responses diminish them as “psycho-biddy” or “hagsploitation” films, the Grande Dame Guignol tradition’s transformation of its actresses from glamorous icons to unrecognizable villains rejects such limiting appraisals by focusing ...


Found Media: Interactivity And Community In Online Horror Media, Jax Mello 2021 SUNY College Cortland

Found Media: Interactivity And Community In Online Horror Media, Jax Mello

Master's Theses

Being isolated is a common fear. The fear can take many forms, from the fear of being the last one alive in a horrific situation to being completely deserted by everyone you love. This is a fear that has been showcased many different times in movies, novels, and every other piece of media imaginable. Although not always tied to the horror genre, the fear of being isolated is tightly intertwined with many horror stories. Therefore, it is interesting when a horror production goes out of their way to encourage interactivity within its audience. This goes beyond an artist’s desire ...


Scripted Realities: Representations Of Autism In Hollywood And Their Effect On Public Discourse, Jessica Jones 2021 Trinity College

Scripted Realities: Representations Of Autism In Hollywood And Their Effect On Public Discourse, Jessica Jones

Senior Theses and Projects

No abstract provided.


“He Who Laughs Last!” Terrorists, Nihilists, And Jokers, William S. Chavez, Luke McCracken 2021 University of California Santa Barbara

“He Who Laughs Last!” Terrorists, Nihilists, And Jokers, William S. Chavez, Luke Mccracken

Journal of Religion & Film

Since his debut in 1940, the Joker, famed adversary of the Batman, continues to permeate the American cultural mediascape not merely as an object of consumption but as an ongoing production of popular imagination. Joker mythmakers post-1986 have reimagined the character not as superhuman but as “depressingly ordinary,” inspiring audiences both to empathize with his existential plight and to fear his terroristic violence as an increasingly compelling model of reactionary resistance to institutionality. This article examines the recent history of modern terrorism in conjunction with the “pathological nihilism” diagnosed by Nietzsche in order to elucidate the stakes and implications of ...


Stanley Kubrick, Jewish Filmmaker: A Review Essay, Michael Gibson 2021 Peter Lang Academic Publishers

Stanley Kubrick, Jewish Filmmaker: A Review Essay, Michael Gibson

Journal of Religion & Film

This is a review of two books: Nathan Abrams, Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2018), and David Mikics, Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020).


Over The Edge: Suburban Planned Communities, The Second Frontier, And The Rise Of 80s High School Films, Daniel McClure 2021 Fort Hays State University

Over The Edge: Suburban Planned Communities, The Second Frontier, And The Rise Of 80s High School Films, Daniel Mcclure

Far West Popular Culture Association Annual Conference

While many 1980s youth-oriented films often sold various images of consumption, Over the Edge was one of the early prototypes of the genre, offering a more sober—a more 70s—outlook on youth attempting to find meaning and identity in a corporate-driven, materialistic space called American suburbia. Both a setting for paradise as well as an existential hell for the youth growing up amidst it, the film mobilizes the West and its frontier-like majesty haunting the characters’ space in the planned development of New Granada—a place where families are safe and entrepreneurs can thrive. Specters of the West haunt ...


Stuart Hall & Theory Of Representation In The Media: Exploring Get Out And Candyman, Lashanna Bryant 2021 Arcadia University

Stuart Hall & Theory Of Representation In The Media: Exploring Get Out And Candyman, Lashanna Bryant

Capstone Showcase

Media representation has aided in creating a toxic manifestation of what it means to be Black in America. More specifically, the exploration of Black characters in horror films has opened many doors to hidden racism, discrimination, and oversimplification of their culture and their value in society. In looking into the films Candyman and Get Out there is a clear progression throughout the early 1990s to the mid 2010s that detail a very rapid change from taking a Black character from a background role to the main character.


What Is Jazz?: Exploring The Question, Dominick Tancredi 2021 CUNY College of Staten Island

What Is Jazz?: Exploring The Question, Dominick Tancredi

Open Educational Resources

This writing assignment begins a semester-long exploration addressing the question “What Is Jazz?” Being introduced by film to two New Orleans jazz musicians, George “Kid Sheik” Colar (1908-1996) and Emanuel “Manny” Sayles (1907-1986), students will get a firsthand perspective of the various levels of commitment to the music these two individuals maintained as working musicians. They dedicated themselves professionally, personally, emotionally, and spiritually. They took inspiration from their life experiences. The films convey the message that jazz goes beyond the notes we hear.


Remembering The Experience Of War: A Sensory Study Of The Vietnam War And Collective Memory, Jacob Randolph 2021 Fort Hays State University

Remembering The Experience Of War: A Sensory Study Of The Vietnam War And Collective Memory, Jacob Randolph

Master's Theses

The Vietnam War is remembered in a variety of ways. It is remembered as a war against communism, yet one that was also against American ideals of freedom. It is remembered as a war of patriotism, yet one that was also against the numerous military members who fought in it. It is remembered as a war for integration and unity among black and white, yet many African-Americans remember the time period as a war being fought abroad and at home. Memory of the war is obviously contradicting, but then again the 1960s and 1970s oftentimes were.

This thesis examines how ...


Tapping The Noir Shadow: Fred Astaire's Solos Of Angst, Anger, And Identity Fragmentation, Elizabeth Drake-Boyt 2020 Florida State University

Tapping The Noir Shadow: Fred Astaire's Solos Of Angst, Anger, And Identity Fragmentation, Elizabeth Drake-Boyt

Journal X

No abstract provided.


Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, The "Alternative" Western, And The American Romance Tradition, Steven Frye 2020 California State University, Bakersfield

Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, The "Alternative" Western, And The American Romance Tradition, Steven Frye

Journal X

No abstract provided.


Toward A Postmodern Pastoral: Another Look At The Cultural Politics Of My Own Private Idaho, Sharon O'Dair 2020 University of Alabama

Toward A Postmodern Pastoral: Another Look At The Cultural Politics Of My Own Private Idaho, Sharon O'Dair

Journal X

No abstract provided.


Nightcrawler: A Review, Joshua Matthews 2020 Dordt University

Nightcrawler: A Review, Joshua Matthews

Pro Rege

No abstract provided.


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