Call for…Proposals for Bastard Film Encounter

The Call for Proposals Deadline for Bastard Film Encounter 2015 is
September 1st, 2014!

Proposals (no more than one page; a paragraph should suffice) are invited for brief (5 minute— we’re enforcing this!) introductions to films (16mm, super8, regular8, and 3mm projectors will be on hand/videos of any format/or feel free to byop). Please indicate format and length of screening material with your proposal. This event is not about reading a paper. It is about providing five minutes or less of context followed by post-screening discussion.

Feel free to send inquiries or proposals to info[at] by September 1, 2014. For more information, see or contact info[at]

In April 2013, the first ever Bastard Film Encounter confronted a barrage of moving images that were ill-conceived or received; embarrassing or beyond the bounds of acceptability; poor in conception or execution; undesirable to those who should be caring for them; proof of something that should have never happened.

To get an idea of what we are screening, the inaugural BFE schedule is available at: Films shown included home movies depicting a full mouth dental extraction; amateur films depicting enemas, over and over again; George Lucas’s disavowed Star Wars television special; an experimental film showing a man assembling a sandwich all over the body of a naked woman, and then eating it; an amateur film about feminine hygiene; an early hardcore stag film; home movies depicting female circumcision; a Dallas airport soap opera parody; home movies that captured family and teen parties, where alcohol, penises, and guns were gleefully being played with; a smuggled-out-of-the-archive corporate film showing bad behavior in a major American company.

The aim of the Bastard Film Encounter is to bring such misbegotten moving images out of the closet and to grapple with what these films are, how they are kept and ignored (and if they really should be), if and why they might matter, and what role they might play in archives and in studies of the moving image.

We invite you to join us for BFE 2015: a weekend of screening-intensive conversations about bastard films in beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina.

Confirmed keynote bastard/curator for opening night: Dino Everett, Hugh M. Hefner Archivist at the University of Southern California.

Brought to you by your bastardly co-organizers: Skip Elsheimer, Marsha Gordon, and Dwight Swanson.

Bastard Film Encounter 2015 will take place April 23rd – 26th, 2015.


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