The Film Panel
Chairing this morning is Adam Batchelor. He is a director, writer and lecturer in film production at the University Of Gloucestershire. Adam graduated from the University Of Gloucestershire himself in 2010, with a 1st Class Honours degree, and his graduation film Small Hours won Best Undergraduate Production at the BUFVC Learning On Screen Awards and Best Short Film at the Crystal Palace International Film Festival. The film also secured him a place on the Directing Fiction MA course at the prestigious National Film & Television School, where he was awarded a scholarship from the David Lean Foundation to study. Upon graduating from the NFTS, with several more successful short films under his belt, Adam signed with top agency Curtis Brown and has since been developing a number of feature film and television projects with several reputable production companies. Adam works as a director, writer and also as a 1st Assistant Director for film, commercials and music videos. He recently directed a short film with Bridgeway Films, produced by BAFTA winning and OSCAR nominated producer Chris Hees, titled TOMMIE, which is currently being submitted to festivals.
Dr Abigail Gardner is Reader in Music and Media at the University of Gloucestershire and chairs Equal Platforms. She is the author of PJ Harvey and Music Video Performance (Ashgate, 2015), co-author and editor of Rock On: Women, Ageing and Popular Music (Ashgate, 2012). She is currently writing Ageing and Contemporary Female Musicians (Routledge, 2019).
Prof. Phillip Tagg
Title: Action, Alienation and Human Values: a semiotic analysis of the NYPD Blue theme. Title themes have to encapsulate inside a minute the spirit and content of a TV series. NYPD Blue (aired 1993-2005) is no exception. It is, however, exceptional in how it sets the recurrent narrative of good v evil of crime shows to music. Using music's relationship to contemporary context, and drawing parallels with English music in the wake of World War I, I try to show how the NYPD Blue theme, a hundred years later, pits the threat and stress of an inimical socio-economic machine against flawed but decent humans.
After completing a degree in music at Cambridge, Phillip completed his PhD in musicology at University Gothenburg, Sweden. He became a research fellow in Sweden, a reader in music at University of Liverpool, and a professor at University of Montreal. He retired in January 2010 and now lives in Liverpool (UK) where he continues to write and to produce his ‘edutainment’ videos. In 2014 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Semiotics Institute for his contribution to music semiotics. His most recent books are Music's Meanings (2013), Everyday Tonality II (2015), and Fernando the Flute IV (2018). You can find out more at his website.
Dr Gerry Moorey
Gerry's teaching covers music, culture and contemporary media across a range of courses at University of Gloucestershire. His research interest in music focuses primarily on the relationship between words and music.
Live Music in the SU Bar: 1-1.30 Charlie Aitken, 1.30-2 Callum Cutler
Black Maria Film Festival
Paul Zinder presents this afternoon's film festival, and chairs the discussion. Paul is a successful film maker, published writer, and Lecturer at University of Gloucestershire. Paul's award-winning films have been shown at more than eighty festivals around the world, and he has taught media production, film and television studies, and screenwriting at universities for over twenty years. He co-edited the collection The Multiple Worlds of Fringe: Essays on the J.J. Abrams Science Fiction Series (McFarland, 2014) and has published essays on various genre and cult television series, including Alias, Deadwood, Justified, and Veronica Mars.
Since 1981, the Black Maria Film Festival has been celebrating and preserving the diversity, invention, and vitality of the short film. The Festival's home is New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ and is named after Thomas Edison's original West Orange film studio dubbed the "Black Maria" because of its resemblance to the black-box police paddy wagons of the same name.
Black Maria is an international juried film competition and the artists often represent an under-served constituency who might not otherwise have the opportunity for live public exhibition nationwide or abroad.Black Maria reaches out to audiences in settings including colleges and universities, museums, galleries, libraries, community-based art organisations, art house cinemas, and schools.