Archives, Ephemeral Cinema, and New Screen Histories in Canada

By (author) Zoë Druick & Gerda Cammaer
Categories: Film history, theory or criticism, Films, cinema, Performing arts, The Arts
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Paperback : 9780773544475, 414 pages, November 2014


What do digital platforms mean for cinema studies in Canada? In an era when digital media are proliferating and thousands upon thousands of clips are available online, it seems counter-intuitive to say that audio-visual history is quickly disappearing. But the two processes are actually happening in tandem. Adopting a media-archaeological approach to the history of cinema, contributors to Cinephemera cover a wide range of pressing issues relating to Canadian cinema's ephemerality, including neglected or overlooked histories, the work of found footage filmmakers, questions about access and copyright, and practices of film archiving.


“Cinephemera offers a specifically Canadian perspective on the problem of film archives. These essays make strong arguments for the role of audio-visual media in the making and remaking of regional histories. Given the shifting media landscape, the collection will have great implications for Canadian film scholarship and cinematic heritage. ” Catherine Russell, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University