Failed Cinema Conference

Страна: США

Город: Riverside

Тезисы до: 01.08.2018

Даты: 18.10.18 — 19.10.18

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Организаторы: San Francisco State Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association


At what point can an artistic endeavor be defined as a failure? If a film achieves critical acclaim and countless accolades, yet disappoints in its returns at the box office, has it failed? Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was the second highest-grossing film in the US and Canada as well as the bestselling home media release of 2009. However, the film was panned critically, holding a 19% on Rotten Tomatoes and winning three Razzies for Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay at the 30th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards. Some “bad” movies have faded into obscurity while others have endured as guilty pleasures and cult classics. 2003’s The Room, generally considered one of the worst movies of all time, enjoys regular screenings in packed theaters for adoring fans. Is it fair to refer to either of these films as “failures”? What if a film fails in its domestic country, but enjoys massive successes with international audiences? What contributes to these outcomes and who gets to decide what constitutes such a subjective designation? Critics, audiences, scholars, other filmmakers? This conference seeks to explore failed media, acknowledging all the nuanced and slippery connotations encapsulated in the very concept of failure. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Critically panned films

  • Domestic/International box office failures

  • Shelved films and uncompleted projects due to studio interference, financial pitfalls or cultural controversies.

  • Cult films, their fanbases and the studios or creators responsible for them.

  • Films that failed in their own country but were successful abroad (with critics or audiences)

  • Financial/production failures, movies that had issues related to their production that either caused their failures or prevented their release

  • Controversial subject matter that caused a film to fail at the time of its release

  • Intentionally “bad” movies (i.e Sharknado)

  • Failed remakes/adaptations

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