Literatours: Isle of Wight Literary Festival 2013

If you happen to find yourself anywhere near the Isle of Wight, make sure you attend the 2013 Isle of Wight Literary Festival. This year,  there will be an inaugural Isle of Wight Bus Tour, featuring the voices of Celia Imrie, Hugh Bonneville, Richard E Grant and many other fabulous actorly types. A literary festival is the stuff of our DREAMS here at BCM. Swoon! Perhaps we’ll be lucky enough to go one day. In the meantime, we’ll just have to live vicariously through those of you that are lucky enough to be there.

This post is short and sweet (that hardly ever happens around here), but BCM is off to a major socialite do this evening (stay tuned!). Ta-ta for now.



Trying to generate an audience for your film screening, premiere or event? Here’s a few tips:

1. Got email? USE IT! Yes, social media is the marketing hotness, but email should NOT be overlooked. Use these free image editors like PicMonkey to create a nice INVITE.

If you’ve got a Constant Contact, Mail Chimp, Mad Mimi, etc. use their templates to create and send invites. If you don’t have an email marketing service, GET ONE! Most of them have a FREE version for a few hundred emails.

Put in the headline YOU’RE INVITED or an eye catching phrase to boost open rates!

MAKE SURE THE EMAIL IS SHAREABLE VIA SOCIAL MEDIA so recipients can easily share it with friends and associates on social profiles.

AND TELL THEM TO SHARE IT, FORWARD IT in the body of the email. Put a call to action to work!

2. ALIGN your film with organizations that may be interested.

Some of our official selection deal with young people and, young people issues. There’s potentially an audience with local youth groups and organizations via social media.

If your film has international flavor, use GOOGLE, Facebook, Twitter searches to find groups, businesses, and organizations that are owned or managed by those from that location and culture. Introduce yourself FIRST, then share info about your film, and invite them to attend.

LA is full of little subsets of culture…Little Ethiopia community on Fairfax, The Carib Press, The Nigerian Student Association at UCLA just to name a few. So start Googling!

3. Has your film be screened before? Got photos and videos of the screening or behind the scenes? Create some shareable content to add to your invites, tweets, etc.

If none, directors and/or producers, do a 5 min or less video talking about your film. Why people should see it, why was making it important to you.

4. Treat your screening like an event, create a hashtag! Use it in your invites, your tweets, and Facebook updates. Tweets, Facebook updates, and even Google+ updates are now embeddable. So use the positive ones on your blog, website, and social media releases.

(Via The Hollywood Black Film Festival)


Visions of Identity – Global Film and Media Conference

 Visions of Identity – Global Film and Media

26-28 June 2014, London, UK

We are pleased to announce that FILM AND MEDIA 2014: The Fourth Annual London Film and Media Conference, organised by Academic Conferences London, will be held from 11.00h on Thursday 26 June 2014 to 16.30h on Saturday 28 June 2014 at the Institute of Education Conference Centre, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1, UK.

The Conference theme for 2014 is Visions of Identity: Global Film and Media. For the full Call for Papers, please see elsewhere on this site. This major international conference will again seek to explore, celebrate and critique the screen-based traditions of film, TV and digital media in all their manifold dimensions. This pioneering annual conference, now going into its fourth edition, has proved to be of considerable interest and value to established scholars, early career Faculty, young researchers, and anyone with a commitment to learning about global film and media in a dynamic and friendly academic context.

In Summer 2013, we were honoured to schedule some 200 Speakers as well as other Delegates, making this again the largest annual UK ‘home-grown’ gathering in  the field.  Reflecting an extremely wide range of interests in Film and Media, they proved to be a fascinating mix of established and emerging scholars from the UK, Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey and the USA.


Papers and Panels

Alongside distinguished Keynote Addresses to be confirmed, we invite proposals for Papers of 20 minutes’ duration, as well as proposals for complete Panels of three Papers. Papers are not required in advance. Final Papers, submitted after the event, are eligible for consideration for publication in our annual E-Book Reader. Please submit your Proposal (strictly 180-200 words) plus a very brief CV (not more than 100 words) for Peer Review only via the online form available at on this website.

Deadline for Proposals: 31 March 2014

(but early application is strongly advised)

Please consult our Advisory Notes for Speakers, available for download. Please note that Speakers are required to complete early registration (at discount rates) absolutely no later than 30 April 2014.

Conference Agenda

Above and beyond the central Conference focus this is once again an ‘open agenda’ event built around the research interests of the constituency. Our previous events in 2011, 2012 and 2013 involved a total of some 500 presentations from some 40 nations. By way of illustration, here are the titles of some of our previous Panels:

Action Cinema / African Identities / Americana / Animation / Architectural Space in Film and TV / Authorship and Ideology / Black Film and TV / Bollywood / The Body as Media Spectacle / Censorship and Media Ethics / Changing Forms of Exhibition / Cinema and the Psyche / Cinema from Hong Kong and Taiwan / Cinema from India / Cinematic Cities / Crime Fictions / Cultural Connections / Cultural Contexts for British Cinema Darkness, Voyeurism and Desire / Digital Engagements / The Digital Spectacle

Early  Cinema / Ethics and Aesthetics of Virtuality / Expanded Cinema / Experimental Media / Families on Screen / Femininity and Violence   Feminism and Post-Feminism / Film and TV Families / Film and TV Landscapes / French Cinema / Horror and the Uncanny / Film Research from Pakistan / Gender and Genre: The Horror Film Generic Pleasures: Comedy / Independence / Ideas of Documentary / Indian and British-Asian Film and TV / Intercultural Media

Israeli and Palestinian Cinemas / Italian Film and Media / Japanese Film and Media  The Life and Death of Current Affairs TV / Literature and Silent Cinema / Masculinities Media Audiences / Media Design / Media Education / Media in the Philippines / Media Masquerades / Media Ontologies / Media Politics and Religion in America Media / Media Theory / Mediating Health / Mediating Spport / Narrative and Audience

Michael Bay and the Aesthetics of Spectacle / Music Video / Narrative and Genre / Narrative and Ideology / National IdentityNarratives of Conflict / New Forms of Production / Nollywood / The Politics of Cultural Memory in Spanish Film and Television / Postmodern Film and Media / The Public Interest Queerdom / Questions of Authorship and Genre / Race, Social Class and Gender / Representing Religion

 Science and Ecology / Social Media / The Social Narratiives of Turkish Cinema / Social Representation / Spectacles of Death and Destruction / The Spectacle of the Other Spectacles of History / Sound and Image / Stardom and Celebrity / Technologies of Pleasure / Time / Television and Its Audiences / Transnational Encounters TV and Regional Identity / Turkish Media Identitites / TV Histories / UK Popular Culture / US Serial Drama / Violence, Identity and Spectatorship / War

Onward and Upward, Always

Hello everyone! We’d like to take this time to thank all of our dedicated readers and followers. You rock! Thank you for being so supportive while we work to get this little amazing enterprise off the ground. We are currently in that, “Little Engine That Could” phase, but we’ll make it. I have no doubt. We have been lucky enough to meet so many great people in the past few months, and we really hope we can foster these relationships and create fantastic events (which, you know, is what we do best).

Speaking of fantastic events, we held a meeting yesterday with our creative team, and there are a lot of new and exciting adventures coming up. As previously announced on our twitter page ( we will soon hold/produce a film festival (YAY!) as well as rehearsed readings (SO exciting!), workshops, a web-series (This is going to be good!), plays, & panel discussions, just to name a few. Black Chick Media will also hold a “camp” where young aspiring actors, writers, dancers, etc. and so forth can interact with industry professionals while learning new skills and networking. As reaching out to the community and fostering new talent and relationships is paramount to our mission, we are pleased to bring this to our city. I don’t know about where you are, but here in these 50 United States, the arts are terribly underrepresented and consistently underfunded. Always the first to be cut in schools due to budget constraints, never looked on as a worthwhile and honorable profession, and almost impossible to make a living at unless you are, you know, one of those Hollywood peeps that brings in over $20 million just for showing up. So often I speak to young, amazingly talented individuals that are completely disheartened with the industry, and I must say, I understand. And if the schools, the government and other organizations won’t give them the chance they deserve, I hope they can find in us a place that offers support, opportunities and guidance. I have been lucky enough to have amazing mentors in my life, and I hope that in this, I can pay it forward.

In other announcements, Black Chick Media, will soon partner with another local arts organization (shhhh, to be announced in a few weeks I promise), that will be members only (making Black Chick Media our “consultation services” only business). This will allow us to share information with a dedicated group of individuals while creating high-profile events. This, I am VERY much looking forward to for many, many reasons. So, for all our updates and marvelous happenings, make sure you like and follow us on Twitter and Facebook!