February/March 2019 - In This Issue
Important Dates

February 28
2018 SCMS Election ends

March 13-17 
2019 SCMS Annual Conference in Seattle

April 11-13
2019 SCMS-U Conference at Mulhenberg

Dr. Ukadike first name was mispelled in the January issue of News Brief. The proper spelling of his first name is  Nwachukwu. We apologize.
In Memoriam: Raymond Fielding

Dr. Raymond E. Fielding, Dean Emeritus of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts, and president of SCMS from  1972 to 1974, passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018. He was 87 years old.
His career in film education spanned 45 years at five different universities, including serving as a member of the founding faculties at three different major Schools of Film/Communication. In 1990 he was appointed as the first permanent Dean of the FSU Film School. He served in that position for 13 years until his retirement in 2003, when he was appointed Dean Emeritus. Under his leadership the FSU Film School became a national leader in film education and an acclaimed incubator for upcoming professionals in the film and entertainment industries.

Ray's professional career in the film/entertainment industries covered more than six decades and included service as a Trustee of the American Film Institute (1973-1979) and as a lifetime member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences since 1981. He was the author of five books and numerous journal and encyclopedia articles. In 1973, his book The American Newsreel 1911-1967 was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Letters. Another book, The Techniques of Special Effects Cinematography, has been the acknowledged industry standard in visual special effects for over 40 years. His national reputation as an American newsreel scholar and expert on early visual special effects made him a frequent presenter at industry conferences throughout his career and retirement.

In addition, for the past 35 years, Ray served as a consultant and expert witness on film technology, copyright, patent and archival services for numerous film and television organizations, including Universal Studios, RKO General, CBS, ABC Television, British Broadcasting Corp., Hearst Corp., Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and The Smithsonian Institution.

Born January 3, 1931 in Brockton, MA, he was the only child of Walter and Irma Nelson Fielding. Ray grew up in Long Beach, CA. In 1946, he and his family moved to Toyko, Japan, where his father, an Air Force civilian employee, was stationed during the post-war occupation of Japan. He attended and graduated from The American School in Toyko before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA where he earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees. He earned his PhD. degree from University of Southern California in 1961.
2019 SCMS Election

We encourage you to VOTE! As always, SCMS leadership is determined by its members, so please take the time to participate in this very important activity, one of the key privileges and responsibilities of your SCMS membership.

As per the SCMS Bylaws, we are requesting that all regular members cast votes for President-Elect and two members of the Board of Directors, one for the Precariously-Employed Executive Board and one for the Member-at-Large Executive Board position. Regular members should also vote on the updated bylaws.

In addition, we are asking student members to vote for President-Elect and Graduate Student Representative on the Board. Student members should also vote on the updated bylaws. (Student members may not vote for regular members of the Board of Directors, since they have their own representative as a member of the Board.)

The 2019 SCMS elections will close at 11:59pm EST, February 28, 2019. 

Please find the candidates' statements  here and the updated bylaws  here. After reviewing these documents please vote online using the link below.

Candidates for President-Elect (Vote for one):
Candidates for Precariously-Employed Executive Board Position (Vote for one):
Candidates for the Member-at-Large Executive Board Position (Vote for one):

Candidates for the Graduate Student Representative (Vote for one): 

Executive Director's Note
Dear SCMS Members,

The days seem to be passing at an ever-faster pace as we move closer to the Seattle Conference, now just two weeks away! I hope all of you are as excited as I am for what will be a busy and stimulating four-and-a-half days experiencing the amazing work of our SCMS colleagues.

Please carve out some time to attend some of the compelling evening events that the Seattle Host Committee and your fellow members have worked hard to put together this year, many tied to our conference city, its heritage, and its film rich community. Additionally, the Libraries and Archives SIG and the Digital Humanities and Videographic Criticism SIG will host two pop-up resource booths at specific times on Friday and Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon in the Metropolitan Ballroom pre-function area on the third floor to field your questions. One is an "Ask a Librarian/Ask an Archivist" booth and the other is an "Ask a Digital Humanities Scholar/Videographic Critic" booth. The specific times for each will be published in the conference program. I hope you will swing by and take advantage of each group's expertise.

The 2019 Members Business Meeting takes place on Thursday, March 14 at 8:00 am in the Cirrus Room on the 35th floor of the Pike Street Tower. Along with the Board's regular business reporting, we will discuss new SCMS partnerships, the 2019 Program Committee statistics, and we will enthusiastically unveil the new SCMS website to include a demonstration by Web Content Manager, Aviva Dove-Viebahn. This year's meeting will once again include time for your questions and important feedback.

The Awards Ceremony is on Friday, March 15 at 5:00 pm in the Grand Ballrooms C and D on the second floor. It will be followed by a reception beginning at 6:15 pm in the adjacent Grand Ballrooms A and B. Please come and celebrate with us as we recognize all of this year's winners.

I'm counting the days until Seattle! I look forward to seeing each of you soon.

Jill Simpson
Executive Director

Erfana Enam
Financial Analyst

Program Coordinator 

Communications Coordinator
President, 2017-2019

Paula Massood

President-Elect, 2017-2019

Timothy Havens
Secretary, 2018-2021

Bambi Haggins
Treasurer, 2017-2020

Miranda Banks

Elizabeth Evans

F. Hollis Griffin



Journal of Cinema and Media Studies Editor, 2018-2022

Past-President, 2017-2019

Web Content Manager

Director of Conferences and Events

Representative of SCMS Institutional Home

Executive Director

Even though the official cut off date has passed at the conference hotel, you are welcome to try to obtain a room there by calling (206) 621-9000. Specify you are part of the 2019 SCMS (Society for Cinema & Media Studies) Annual Conference. It is up to the hotel's availability and discretion as to whether or not they accept any additional reservations at our group rate.

If you are still looking to make a hotel reservation for the conference, you can call A Room with A View for information on t he official designated SCMS overflow hotels. They will  secure the lowest available rates at the best available hotels within walking distance of The Sheraton Grand Seattle. 

Only reservations processed by A Room with A View are on a waitlist for rooms at The Sheraton Grand Seattle should cancellations occur within the SCMS group block at the discounted group rate. 

For the official list of overflow hotel availability, please contact: 
A Room with A View 
Call  1-800-780-4343 or 
Monday - Friday * 9AM - 5PM CST 

This is a FREE SERVICE for all SCMS attendees. 

Should you need to cancel your reservation at the Sheraton Grand Seattle, please do so by calling or emailing A Room with A View. In doing this, A Room with A View will be able to give your room to another SCMS attendee looking to stay at the conference hotel. They will be able to confirm your cancellation so you won't have to worry about being charged. They can do this up until 5 days prior to arrival. After that time, please cancel directly with the Sheraton Grand Seattle. Thank you! 

If you have problems or questions, please email

Tuesday, March 12: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Tuesday hours for name badge and conference program pick-up only (pre-registered attendees)

Wednesday, March 13: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Thursday, March 14: 8:00 AM - 5:15 PM

Friday, March 15: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday, March 16: 8:00 AM - 5:45 PM

Sunday, March 17: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Reminder: Please keep your name badge with you at all times. Replacement name badges will only be printed during registration hours above.

Online conference registration still available!
2019 Seattle Late Registration Rate:   $230.00 
Student Rate: $150.00 

Registration fee can only be paid by credit card. 

Conference attendees who are registering late are encouraged to register online prior to arriving at the registration area.  
The onsite registration process is the same as the online registration process.
If you choose to register onsite, please allow 20 minutes to complete the process. 

If you are registering at the student rate, please be prepared to show your valid student ID. 

Replacement conference programs will be available for $20, subject to availability.

Conference Name Badge Policy
Your conference name badge is your proof of registration.  It is required for entrance into a meeting, session, or an event.

Replacement conference name badges will be available at the registration area for $5.  

As you prepare for your trip to Seattle, be sure to check out the 2019 Host Committee recommendations!
Plenty of useful information is included in their guide, from transportation tips, to dining options, and nightlife spots. 
Check out the Host Committee Guide here .

In 2018, Cinema Journal officially became JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies.
To celebrate this new era in the journal's long and influential history, JCMS is pleased to announce the Cinema Journal Retrospective, a fully-open-access special issue. We asked our current Editorial Board to offer up their favorite articles from past issues, and with the assistance of Project Muse, a selection of landmark essays from different corners of the field are now available online at .

Blast from the Past! 

Here is the ancestor of News Brief. Volume 1 Number 1, published and mailed in January 1976. Included in the newsletter was the tentative program for the conference held at the University of Vermont. 

Fun fact: Members who were not part of a panel (what would now be considered "open call paper") were asked to print 70 copies of their papers to be circulated at the conference. Can you believe it? Only 70 copies! 
REMINDER: The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the ninth annual competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program. This initiative places humanities PhDs in substantive roles in diverse nonprofit and government organizations, demonstrating that the knowledge and capacities developed in the course of earning a doctoral degree in the humanities have wide application beyond the academy. The fellowship carries an annual stipend of $68,000, health insurance coverage for the fellow, a relocation allowance, and up to $3,000 in professional development activities. In 2019, ACLS will place up to 21 PhDs as Public Fellows in various organizations and roles.   

Further information about the application process, eligibility criteria, and this year's fellowship positions is available at All applications must be submitted through ACLS's online application system ( by 9 pm EDT on March 13, 2019

Questions about this program may be directed to 

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications for 2019 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards. The national competition, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports digitizing collections of rare and unique content in collecting institutions.
Grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 for a single-institution project, or between $50,000 and $500,000 for a collaborative project, may be sought for projects beginning between January 1 and June 1, 2020.

The initial proposal round is open, and proposals are due by 11:59 pm Eastern time on April 3, 2019.

Read more about the grant competition here

SCMS is celebrating its 60th year in 2019 and is able to continue its mission because of your support and generosity.
Please consider making a contribution today.  Donate here .