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The work of two Film & New Media Studies students has recently been accepted for scholarly publication. The first, "Chasing the Millennium Actress" by Janine Villot (M. L. A. Film Studies, 2013), explores the ways in which Kon Satoshi's 2011 anime, Millennium Actress, presents an analogy between filmmaking and memory. Because it is animated, Satoshi's work brings out less objective—what Villot calls "plastic"—relationships to the past, which, she argues, approaches to film and memory typically overlook. The result gives viewers new ways to think about the subjectivity of history, including Japan's relationships with its own past and its historical encounters with the West. Villot's work will appear in an upcoming special issue of the peer-reviewed journal SCIENCE FICTION FILM AND TELEVISION. 
The second, "Ontology of the Cinematic Lamella," by HCS senior Jonathan Hendricks, uses the work of experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage to complicate conventional understandings of cinematic representation. Coupling Brakhage's film MOTHLIGHT (1963) with the theories of French critic André Bazin and French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, Hendricks explores how cinema removes objects from physical reality yet also transposes them to another dimension within which it gives them new life. The result, he argues, gives us new ways to think about cinematic representation, particularly in an era when digital animation increasingly removes images from their bases in physical reality. Hendricks's paper will appear in FilmMatters, a peer-reviewed journal for undergraduate film scholars: