Zoom-In is a thesis showcase presented by the MA Film and Media Studies class of 2021. The fourth annual and aptly-named Zoom-In event took place virtually on Zoom on February 4th and 5th. This year, the event included presentations, discussion panels, Q+As, and supplemental screenings. The program continued to investigate classical problems for our field (documentary, montage, adaptation) as well as issues emerging from today’s media ecologies. Topics included Venezuelan melodrama, Chinese crime cinema, Internet sovereignty, streaming services, Post-Soviet film, and more.
Thursday, February 4, 2021
9:00 am: Opening Remarks for Day 1
Panel 1: New Media
9:15 am: July Xu
"Virtual Culture and How They Get There"
9:30 am: Joseph Fischer
"Traversing the Boundary of the Screen: Contextualizing lmmersive, Cinematic Environments in Theme Parks"
9:45 am: Paul Attard
"i did the digital dash: practices of experimental cinema artists at the turn of the 21st century"
10:00 am: Q+A
Panel 2: Internet
10:15 am: William Zhou
"From 'lnternetworking' to 'Splinternet': What Does Internet Sovereignty Mean for the Future of Internet?"
10:30 am: Emma Weeks
"Because You Watched: Exploring Netflix's Predictive Algorithm and Its Impact on Accessibility, Community, and Exhibition"
10:45 am: Madeleine Collier
"What's Inside?: The Scopic Regime of the End-User Society"
11:00 am: Q+A
Panel 3: Gender
11:15 am: Juan A. Ramirez
"Melodramas of Masculinity: Queerness and Gender in 21st Century Venezuelan Cinema"
11:30 am: Spandita Behera
"Hindi Cinema's Contemporary Heroine:The Post-postcolonial Mode, Abject Agency and The New Woman in Kahaani"