The workgroup “Other Films” invites members and non-members of AIM to submit proposals of papers to its thematic panel. The proposals should bring theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions to the group’s research interests and objectives. This year’s special interest is the industrial film.
Among the first moving images that were screened publicly was La sortie de l’usine Lumière à Lyon (1895) by the Lumière brothers, shot on the doorsteps of a factory. Similar films were made all over the world, such as the Saída do Pessoal Operário da Fábrica Confiança (1896), which Aurélio Paz dos Reis, a pioneer in Portuguese filmmaking, shot in the city of Oporto. Eventually, the camera moved into the factory to capture its machines, production processes, products and workers, creating a new film genre that would take on several forms and be put to different uses. Understood, broadly, as a film that aims to promote a factory, a company, an industry, or even a ‘modern’ lifestyle based on industrial activities and values, the industrial film remains an under-researched genre, despite some recent academic work (e.g. Hediger 2009; Martins 2011; Vidal and Veloso 2016; cf. Sampaio 2012).
In the wake of these studies, and in keeping with the issues that have been at the core of our GT, we ask: How were industrial films produced, distributed and exhibited? How can they be researched? In what ways can their study alter our perception of film history and national cinematographies? How can they contribute not only to the history of companies and organisations, but also to our understanding of the ways different nations adhered to a certain paradigm of ‘development’? How can we connect these films to the construction of a collective memory of work? In what ways are these images being reused and re-signified in new audiovisual productions? How can they be programmed and to what audiences?
We invite you to submit proposals for either individual presentations or as part of a pre-constituted panel, in Portuguese, Galician, Spanish or English, not exceeding 1500 characters (including spaces), in the areas of film, television, video, and digital media studies. The list is indicative and may include other areas.