Heads up, film geeks: Tomorrow and Saturday, the University of Oregon kicks off their "What is Film? Change & Continuity in the 21st Century" conference, held in the White Stag building (70 NW Couch). The conferences serves a dual purpose: First, discussing the current status of film (especially with regards to how digital media is changing the medium), and second, publicizing the U of O's brand-spankin'-new new Cinema Studies major.
Judging by the conference's program, there's gonna be a lot of focus on "the digital age," with seminars like "Independent Film and Other Media in the Digital Age," "Write Now!: Screenwriting in the Digital Age," "Changes in Film Distribution and Exhibition," and "Government/Film Industry Relationships in the Digital Age," the latter of which will feature representatives from the Governor’s Office for Film and Video and the Portland Mayor’s Office. Notable speakers at the conference include animator Will Vinton (of the now-defunct Will Vinton Studios), and writer and producer Bryce Zabel (who, quite frankly, has an astounding resumé: He's worked on M.A.N.T.I.S., Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, and Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman).
Anyway, the whole shebang is only $10 if you're a U of O student and $20 if not; if you're interested, more info is here.