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NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program to Honor UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

October 20, 2011

Special Evening of Moving Images and Sound from NYC Archival Collections, Oct. 27

Students from New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) program in the Department of Cinema Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and others, have organized a special screening of moving images and sound from archival collections in New York City.  The event, honoring UNESCO's World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on October 27, will also feature remarks by the legendary documentary filmmaker George C. Stoney, Emeritus Professor in the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts.

The MIAP event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2, MoMA, located at 11 West 53rd Street, NYC.  The event is open to the public. Film admission tickets are required and can be purchased at MoMA.  For more information, visit  The event is part of MOMA's To Save and Project: the Ninth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation.

From the gorgeous 1930s pre-exile footage of Tibet and its people to the early cable coverage of the LGBT community and the AIDS crisis in Manhattan, the organizers have brought together audiovisual materials from different institutions and archives in New York City that celebrate diversity. The program comprises short narratives, documentaries, ethnographic footage, animated works, television shows, news clips and audio recordings throughout nearly a century of history featuring communities in New York and across the globe.

Program line-up

New York University's George Amberg Memorial Film Study Center - Casabó Home Movies 1926-1931, 9:00 min

Reserve Film and Video Collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts - Sides, 7:00 min; The Unanswered Question, 5:00 min

WITNESS Media Archive - Forced Evictions in Cambodia, 4:00 min; Rightful Place, 2:00 min; Dia Mundial de Acción contra las Represas, 3:20 min

Electronic Arts Intermix - Scar/Scarf, 2:51 min; Coffin from Toothpicks, 1:54 min; The Way Underpants Really Are, 1:17 min

New York Public Radio - WNYC - On the Subway from WNYC's Around New York, 7:00 min

Fales Library and Special Collections at NYU - Ten Years of Gay Cable Network Coverage of the AIDS Pandemic, 11:57 min

Equality Now - FGM Girls, 6:33 min

StoryCorps - The Icing on the Cake, 2:45 min; Miss Devine, 3:39 min; Q&A, 4:00 min

Tibet Film Archive - German Expedition to Tibet, excerpt; Tibet Lecture, Lowell Thomas Jr., excerpt, 09:41 min 

In addition to MIAP and MoMA, the event has been organized by the AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists) Student Chapter at NYU in partnership with the following institutions: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, WITNESS, Electronic Arts Intermix, WNYC Archives, Fales Library and Special Collections at NYU, Equality Now, StoryCorps, and the Tibet Film Archive.

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: Richard Pierce | (212) 998-6796

NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program to Honor UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Tibet Lecture, Lowell Thomas Jr., 1949. Courtesy Tibet Film Archive, New York

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