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We are delighted to inform you that we will be present at The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) annual conference at Montana State University, in Bozeman, Montana, June 13-16, 2018. Please stop by our table to browse the latest selection of books at discounted prices & pick up some free journal samples.

If you are unable to attend, we would like to provide you with a special discount offer. Receive a 25% discount on all titles listed below. At checkout, simply enter the discount code SCSMI18, valid through July 16th, 2018.

Visit our website­ to browse our interactive online Film and Media Studies Catalog or use the new enhanced subject searching features­ for a complete listing of all published and forthcoming titles.

Lessons in Perception: The Avant-Garde Filmmaker as Practical PsychologistLESSONS IN PERCEPTION
The Avant-Garde Filmmaker as Practical Psychologist
Paul Taberham
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Lessons in Perception melds film theory and cognitive science in a stimulating investigation of the work of iconic experimental artists such as Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer, Maya Deren, and Jordan Belson. In illustrating how avant-garde filmmakers draw from their own mental and perceptual capacities, author Paul Taberham offers a compelling account of how their works expand the spectator’s range of aesthetic sensitivities and open creative vistas uncharted by commercial cinema.

Lessons in Perception: The Avant-Garde Filmmaker as Practical Psychologist by Paul Taberham is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

This edition is supported by Knowledge UnlatchedAvailable June 2018


Bodies in Pain: Emotion and the Cinema of Darren AronofskyBODIES IN PAIN
Emotion and the Cinema of Darren Aronofsky
Tarja Laine


The films of Darren Aronofsky invite emotional engagement by means of affective resonance between the film and the spectator’s lived body. Bodies in Pain analyses how Aronofsky’s films engage the spectator in an affective form of viewing that involves all the senses, ultimately engendering a process of (self) reflection through their emotional dynamics.

Read Introduction: Aronofsky, Auteurship, Aesthetics


New Uses of Bourdieu in Film and Media StudiesNEW USES OF BOURDIEU IN FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES
Edited by Guy Austin


French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu’s work has been extremely influential, but has only intermittently been used to study cinema and new media. With topics ranging from photography to mobile technology, this collection demonstrates the enormous relevance that Bourdieu holds for the field of media studies.

Read Introduction: Bourdieu on Media and Film



Organic Cinema: Film, Architecture, and the Work of Béla TarrORGANIC CINEMA
Film, Architecture, and the Work of Béla Tarr
Thorsten Botz-Bornstein


What might the “organic” mean in the context of film studies? This innovative volume locates one instance of organicity in the work of Béla Tarr, the renowned Hungarian filmmaker “slow cinema” pioneer. It analyzes Tarr’s long take and other signature techniques, establishes links between the seemingly remote spheres of film and architecture.

Read Introduction


Supercinema: Film-Philosophy for the Digital AgeSUPERCINEMA
Film-Philosophy for the Digital Age
William Brown


“With this challenging book, William Brown shows how cinema is a powerful and living machine of thought with which we can build productive and innovative interactions in a way that allows us to call into question entire metaphysical systems, thus making of the seventh art an instrument for philosophical thought in all its complexity.” · New Review of Film and Television Studies



Cinema of Choice: Optional Thinking and Narrative MoviesCINEMA OF CHOICE
Optional Thinking and Narrative Movies
Nitzan Ben Shaul


“…a welcome contribution to the scholarship on film narrative. Ben Shaul provides thought-provoking commentary on how movies construct their narratives and the process by which audiences cognitively interact with them. Ben Shaul’s book should appeal to anyone interested in film narratology or cognitive studies of film, and is particularly relevant to those interested in experimental narration and interactive storytelling.” · Projections. The Journal for Movies and Mind


Subjective Realist Cinema: From Expressionism to <i>Inception</i>SUBJECTIVE REALIST CINEMA
From Expressionism to Inception
Matthew Campora


Subjective Realist Cinema looks at the fragmented narratives and multiple realities of a wide range of films that depict subjective experience and employ “subjective realist” narration, including recent examples such as Mulholland Drive, Memento, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The author proposes that an understanding of the narrative structures of these films, particularly their use of mixed and multiple realities, enhances viewers’ enjoyment and comprehension of such films, and that such comprehension offers a key to understanding contemporary filmmaking.



Subjective Realist Cinema: From Expressionism to <i>Inception</i>Free Access for SCSMI Conference Attendees!

Access Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind, the flagship journal of SCSMI, for the whole month of June. It is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that explores how the mind experiences, understands, and interprets the audiovisual and narrative structures of cinema and other visual media.

A print and online subscription to Projections is a SCSMI member benefit. For membership information and journal access for current SCSMI member please visit the SCSMI website.

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Subjective Realist Cinema: From Expressionism to <i>Inception</i>Screen Bodies
An Interdisciplinary Journal of Experience, Perception, and Display
Editor: Brian Bergen-Aurand, Bellevue College, Washington

Screen Bodies is a peer-reviewed journal focusing on the intersection of Screen Studies and Body Studies across disciplines, institutions, and media. It is a forum promoting research on various aspects of embodiment on and in front of screens through articles, reviews, and interviews. Screen Bodies addresses the portrayal, function, and reception of bodies on and in front of screens from the perspectives of gender and sexuality, feminism and masculinity, trans* studies, queer theory, critical race theory, cyborg studies, and dis/ability studies.




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