The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has named Dan Streible, associate professor of Cinema Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, an Academy Film Scholar for his work in the field of “orphan films.” Streible will also receive a $25,000 grant from AMPAS to aid in his research and writing.
Streible was selected for the honor on the basis of his proposal for a manuscript detailing the growth of the "orphan film" phenomenon in the U.S. since the early 1990s and analyzing the dynamic that the movement has established among film archivists, preservationists, scholars, curators and filmmakers. His book, Orphan Films: Saving, Studying, and Screening Neglected Cinema, will be the first to analyze orphaned work (defined as films that have been abandoned or have suffered physical, historical or cultural neglect), including newsreels, silent movies, shorts, independent and studio features, documentaries, outtakes and animation.
Established in 1999, the Academy Film Scholars program is designed to stimulate and support the creation of new and significant works of film scholarship about aesthetic, cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures. Streible joins 14 other Academy Film Scholars who are currently working on projects. For more information about the Academy Film Scholars program, visit http://www.oscars.org/filmscholars/