International film conference, Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos, August 27-29, 2015.
In addition to presentations spanning the history of documentary filmmaking in the global circumpolar North, the conference program will also include a number of screenings of rarely seen and newly restored Arctic films as well as a Greenland photography review, undertaken in collaboration with the University of Illinois Spurlock Museum. All presentations and screenings are free and open to the public, and we welcome participation by students. The complete conference program is here:
Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos examines documentary cinema as a key to understanding environmental, political, cultural, indigenous, sociological and ethnographic approaches to the Arctic. Not only does documentary cinema constitute the majority of films that have been made by, in, and about the Arctic region; documentary cinema is also one of the most influential conduits for the conceptualization and imagination of the contemporary global circumpolar Far North and has been so for over a century. This event is the first major international conference to address the Arctic Documentary tradition.