"Carole Lombard as a Transcendental Comic" by Olympia Kiriakou (Florida Atlantic University)
Examines Carole Lombard's influence on screwball comedy and the ways in which her characters challenged conventional notions of screwball femininity.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge: The Function of Song and Dance Sequences in Bollywood Cinema" by Christina Simon (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
Looks at the origins, sources and functions of the musical numbers used in Bollywood films, as well as the influence of censorship and culture on Bollywood's creative approaches.
Michael Snow and SSHTOORTY: The Collision of Two Spheres of Avant-Garde Cinema" by Jacob Mertens (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
Analyzes Michael Snow's SSHTOORTY and how its aesthetic principles pay homage to structuralism while still expressing the visions of post-modernism.
"Hotel Chevalier and the Lancelot Proper" by Alexandra Flores (University of Florida) Examines Wes Anderson's short film Hotel Chevalier and its curious similarities with the medieval French Arthurian romance the Prose Lancelot.
"Lose Yourself in Oz: Memory and Nation in Baz Luhrmann's Australia and the 'Come Walkabout' Tourism Campaign" by Carolyn Lake (Flinders University, Australia) Explores the creation and exhibition of Luhrmann's Australian narrative(s) and questions the function of these stories on Australian public memory at home and abroad.
"Echoes of Alienation: Nostalgia in Transnational Cinema" by Melika Hadziomerovic (University of Florida)
A contemporary look at Transnational Cinema, which argues that a yearning for cultural identity is the root cause of urban alienation.
"Character Empathy and Moral Judgment in Pre-1908 Cinema" by Matthew Hepburn (Warwick University, UK) Argues that, contrary to Tom Gunning's theory, films belonging to the 'cinema of attractions' did indeed have the capacity to elicit empathy and evaluate the morality of their characters' actions.
"Hollywood Responds to Sexual Modernity: The Comedy Films of Ernst Lubitsch and Buster Keaton" by Jesse Maiman (Yale University) Uses three films, The Marriage Circle by Ernst Lubitsch and The Navigator, as well as Sherlock, Jr., both by Buster Keaton, to compare and contrast how the two directors used sexual modernity as a source of comedy
"The Digital Void: Using CGI and Cinematography to its Full Potential in Enter the Void" by Royce Marcus (University of North Carolina Wilmington) Analyzes how Gasper Noe's film Enter the Void (2009) utilizes computer-generated imagery to enhance the overall film unlike other contemporaries who may be misusing CGI effects.