What is a Geographical Film?: Learning from the Curation of GeoStories and GeoNarratives in FilmGeographies

Authors: Joseph Palis*, University of the Philippines-Diliman
Topics: Geography Education, Cultural Geography, Communication
Keywords: film geographies, visual culture, filmmaking, cinematic geographies
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Virtual 48
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Noting the lack of attention devoted to filmmaking as practice among researchers and educators in geography, as well as the provision of a venue to screen the filmic works of geographers, the AAG Shorts was created and introduced in 2016 during an American Association of Geographers (AAG) meeting in Boston by three geographers whose interests are in cinema, architecture, and urban planning. Since then the AAG Shorts screened various short films of geographers in every AAG meeting which later led to the creation of the filmgeographies.com website that stream curated film shorts submitted from around the world. This presentation reflects on the curation of short films that are screened and streamed at the website as well as the theoretical and discursive debates as to what constitutes a ‘geographical film’. Endeavored as a site for streaming peer-reviewed short films that tackle a wide range of geographical issues and topics, FilmGeographies serve as a platform to discuss filmmaking as an undertaking for advocacy, research and pedagogy. The presentation will also discuss what parameters were used in film selection which in turn also deepens, critiques and assesses how geography as a discipline has grown, as well as reflects on the visual image as a way for much engaged spatial understanding.

Keywords: film geographies, visual culture, filmmaking, cinematic geographies

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