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Burack Lecture Series - Rick Prelinger

Oct 14, 2013
4:15 pm to 5:30 pm
Waterman Bldg 338 (Memorial Lounge)

"Film: An Eternal Present?"

Rick Prelinger, Archivist, Writer and Filmmaker, Founder of Prelinger Archives

We are in the middle of a documentary film renaissance. Film has extended its gaze into the world as never before: there have never been so many films, makers, viewers and distribution outlets. But something is lacking amidst this excitement: engagement with history. Perhaps wishing to escape being typed as historical specialists, perhaps worried about alleged short attention spans, filmmakers seem to be minimizing the role that history and historical images play in their works. Are documentaries moving into an eternal, ahistorical present? Has style overtaken rigor and substance? What is the prognosis for a genre that increasingly rejects coming to terms with the past? Filmmaker, archivist, writer and teacher Rick Prelinger will examine how this process has come to be and suggest ways that makers can employ history to intervene in the present and influence the future.

Includes a Q&A/discussion period. Reception immediately following.

ADA accommodations: Contact Conference and Event Services at or 802-656-5665 in advance of the event.

Price: Free
Sponsor: English

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