The Films of Oliver Stone
One-day Conference and Appearance by the Filmmaker
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Rider University Film and Media/Cinema Studies

Conference Schedule 

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
North Hall 202

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Concurrent panels

A.  JFK and Historical Intervention
North Hall 207

Chair: James Castagnera, Rider University

“JFK and Its Historical Significance,” Joan Mellen, Temple University

“JFK and the Fate of American Liberalism,” Aaron Good, Temple University

B.  Oliver Stone: Myth, Philosophy, and Religion
North Hall 129

Chair: Richard Good, Rider University

“Making the Myth: From The Doors to Alexander,” Christian Jimenez, Rutgers University

“From Barbarians to Savages: Atheism and Authority in the Films of Oliver Stone through the Lens of Conan the Barbarian,” Elliot Ratzman, Temple University

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Concurrent panels

A.  The Aesthetics of Oliver Stone
North Hall 207

Chair: Jack Sullivan, Rider University

“Platoon as Musical War Movie,” Todd Decker, Washington University in St. Louis

“Oliver Stone: Genre Filmmaker?” Douglas MacLeod, SUNY Cobleskill

“John Williams’ Scoring of JFK,” Jack Sullivan, Rider University

B.  War, the Presidency, and Power
North Hall 129

Chair: Erica Ryan, Rider University

“Oliver Stone’s Korean War: Nixon, Untold History, and American Memory,” Levi Fox, Temple University“Stone/Dubya: The Improbable President,” Kingsley Marshall, Falmouth University“ ‘The Enemy Was In Us’: Analyzing the War Films of Oliver Stone with the ‘Just War’ Doctrine,” Mark Pearcy, Rider University

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
North Hall 202

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Oliver Stone and History
North Hall 207

Chair: Anne Osborne, Rider University 

“Scarred Histories: Oliver Stone’s Impact on Historical Filmmaking,” J.E. Smyth, Warwick University

“Oliver Stone’s JFK: The Official Verdicts and the Location of History,” Christopher Sharrett, Seton Hall University

“Thinking about Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States,” Dan Georgakas, Cineaste

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  
JFK: The Media and Its Meaning—North Hall 202 

Chair: Thomas Simonet, Rider University

 “JFK: The Film, the Book, and the Nascent Internet: Popular Culture Meets Professional Journalism (for the last time),” Jack Bratich, Rutgers University

“The Quest for Truth: Oliver Stone’s JFK as Advocacy Journalism,” Pamela A. Brown, Rider University

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
Oliver Stone Speaks about his Work
BLC Theater

Interviewed by Cynthia Lucia, Rider University, and Gary Crowdus, Cineaste, followed by audience Q/A

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  
Reception for conference participants and registrants
BLC Art Gallery