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Call for Presentations: Orphans 11 = Love.

NYU Cinema Studies presents the 11th Orphan Film Symposium, April 11-14, 2018, at Museum of the Moving Image. Scholars, archivists, curators, media artists, preservationists, collectors, and other enthusiasts will explore a variety of neglected works and moving image artifacts.

We invite one-page proposals for presentations (15 to 30 minutes) that include the screening of seldom-seen material. Proposals should summarize the argument or rationale and identify AV materials by title and format. E-mail a .docx or .rtf file attachment to orphanfilmsymposium [@] gmail.com. Subject header: PROPOSAL for Orphans 11.

Proposals received by August 28 will receive first consideration, but the call will remain open.

NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Cinema Studies, and its Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program present three days and four nights of screenings, presentations, and discussions about rare and rediscovered orphan works (film, video, digital). All events at Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, New York.

As in Plato's Symposium (360 BCE) the theme will be love. Love in the many senses of the word -- romantic, spiritual, filial, physical, religious, parental, empathic. Love of others, humanity, planet, country, place, family, animals, food, pleasure, art, peace, learning. Or as Plato might say agápe, eros, philía, and storgē. And what of love's inverses and opposites?

Cinephilia itself opens the door to all kinds of films we love. Among the orphan categories, many relate to love: amateur films and home movies; advocacy films; works made by religious or charitable organizations; romance and melodrama; erotica, porn, dating do's and dont's; advertising and animation; patriotic pictures; cult films; movies for children. What films have inspired love (or hate), passions, or devotion?





Save the dates! Whether you speak or not, plan to attend the biennial international gathering of media archivists, scholars, artists, curators, researchers, technologists, preservationists, collectors, programmers, producers, distributors, librarians, teachers, and students devoted to the study and use of neglected film and video artifacts. NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Cinema Studies, and its Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program again present three days and four nights of screenings, presentations, and discussions about rare and rediscovered orphan films. All events at Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, New York.

Registration is open to all.

Cinema Studies @ NYU celebrates its 50th anniversary this coming year.



Merci, Cinémathèque française!



The Cinémathèque française and NYU Cinema Studies co-hosted a special edition of the Orphan Film Symposium in Paris, March 2-4, 2017.

The theme: Tests, essais et expérimentations

Orphans 2017 / Orphelins de Paris
March 2-4, 2017


Click here to see the program. Films ranging from 1894 to 1994, from France, the US, UK, Poland, Italy, Denmark, Lithuania, Serbia, Algeria, Belgium, India, Mexico, and the Netherlands. See a wonderous variety of outtakes, kinetscope movies, camera tests, partially edited newsreels, 90mm scientic studies, 35mm medical films, Super 8 exrperiments, 16mm avant garde pieces, images inédites, rushes, unfinished films, silent cinema, unreleased works, never-used newsfilm, amateur narratives, home movies, military footage, student films, promotional documentaries, early sound newsreel tests, and restored classics.






Orphans X : Sound, April 6-9, 2016

New York University Cinema Studies and its Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program joined with the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center for the tenth international gathering of archivists, scholars, curators, preservationists, technical experts, artists, and media-makers devoted to screening and discussing orphan films.




A timeline of the Orphan Film Symposium, 1999 - 2016 . . .

designed by Martha Diaz & Erica Gold (NYU MIAP)