Saving Private Reels 2010


An International Conference on the Presentation, Appropriation and Re-contextualisation of the Amateur Moving Image

University College Cork, 17-18-19 September 2010

This conference aims to explore the pressing issues of the use, presentation, appropriation and re-contextualisation of the amateur moving image, of our relationship with it, both historically and today, and of the senses and meanings of its encounters with a variety of contexts, technologies and discourses.

Organisers: Dr Barry Monahan, Dr Laura Rascaroli, Dr Gwenda Young
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 Roger Odin: Emeritus Professor of Sciences of Information and Communication at the Université de Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle, former director of the Institut de Recherche en Cinéma et Audiovisuel (IRCAV), author of Le Film de famille (Méridiens-Klincksieck, 1995) and ‘Le Cinéma en amateur’, Communications, no 68, Seuil, 1999. At Paris III, he directs a research group on amateur cinema.

Patricia Zimmerman: Professor in the Department of Cinema, Photography and Media Arts at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, USA, author of Reel Families: A Social History Of Amateur Film (Indiana, 1995) and co-editor of Mining The Home Movie: Excavations In Histories And Memories (California, 2008).


Joseph Morder Event


The quintessential amateur/avant-garde filmmaker, born in Port-of-Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) in 1949, based in Paris since 1962, Joseph Morder has been making his own filmed diary since 1967. He is the author of more than 800 films.

The event includes the screening of AVRUM ET CIPOJRA (1973, 12') and ASSOUD LE BUFFLE (Assoud the Buffalo, 2001, 43’), followed by a questions and answers session with Joseph Morder.



A conference part-funded by IRCHSS (Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences) as part of the research project:  Capturing the Nation: Irish Home Movies, 1930-1970

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