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Call for Contributions: Contemporary Alternative American Cinema


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As part of a broader attempt to understand the world cinema, the H & S Media plans the publication of a book which aims to put in perspective those contemporary American films which offer an alternative to the mainstream Hollywood cinema. These alternative films manifest original personal visions and unique social and political orientations. Filmmakers, such as Sofia Coppola, Wes Anderson, Alexandre Payne, David O.Russel, Spike Jonze, Paul Thomas Anderson, Neil LaBute, Hall Hartley, Kelly Reichardt, Todd Solondz, Peter Berg, Steven Soderbergh and Harmony Korin, have collectively contributed to a vigorous and spirited movement that can define the future of American film industry. We also welcome contributions on the works of other directors that have participated in making this new cinema a viable alternative to Hollywood.

The overarching aim of this book is to highlight the traits and peculiarities that shape the cinemas of these filmmakers, including their codes of practice, formal approaches, political tendencies, sexual orientations and thematic interests. We discuss films critically rather than descriptively and look for original interpretative approaches in the field of cinema. Articles with relevance to our topic which express formally, ideologically, sociologically, historically, politically, and theoretically informed perspectives are invited to contribute to this project. At the same time, we feel that there is an urgency to bridge the gap between the academia and the outside world, particularly because the academia has repeatedly failed to reach wider audiences. Thus, we encourage the participation of the scholars in a variety of disciplines that can successfully perform both academic research and reach general readers. We welcome all abstracts that would observe these criteria.

If you are interested in our project, please submit a 500 words proposal/abstract (preferably in word.doc format), along with a brief (300 words) biography and a CV, to either Amir Ganjavie (ganjavie@yorku.ca) or Mahmood Khoschehreh (m.khoshchereh@gmail.com) by July 31, 2014. Your proposal/abstract should clearly express why and how your article explores, develops and articulates the issues posed by the new alternative American cinema. Accepted articles of 6,000-10,000 words, including notes and bibliography, should be sent to the editors by October 1, 2014. All submissions will be peer-reviewed to ensure the highest quality of work. The publication date will be the beginning of January 2015.

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