All manner of films outside the commercial mainstream: amateur,
unreleased, and
underground films, as well as
home movies,
test reels,
fringe TV,
and other
ephemeral moving images. More...

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Orphans X : Sound
April 6-9, 2016

NYU convenes the 10th Orphan Film Symposium at
the Library of Congress
Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation

the State Theatre
Culpeper, Virginia

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New York University Cinema Studies joins with the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center for the tenth international gathering of archivists, scholars, curators, preservationists, and artists devoted to screening and discussing orphan films (i.e., an eclectic variety of neglected moving images). Film, video, audio, and digital works from around the world will be showcased in the Library’s jewel-box Packard Theater, each presented with context provided by expert speakers and creative accompanists. Evening screenings will be at the historic and renovated State Theatre.

The theme of “Orphans X” is SOUND, broadly conceived. Presentations and screenings will address the history, uses, and preservation of recorded sound (with or without moving images). The symposium will consider technological, aesthetic, social, industrial, and cultural issues. How have audio and audiovisual media recorded and deployed sounds -- music, voices, effects, noise . . . silence? What neglected cinema artifacts or orphaned media should we review, re-hear, and reconsider in order to better understand the world? What orphan works document significant events or creative acts? How are media makers, researchers, and institutions using, reviving, and transforming remaindered audiovisual material?

Throughout the three days and four nights of the symposium, selected speakers will lead presentations, screenings, and discussions. Proposals that include the screening (or playback) of rare, rediscovered, or recently preserved works are encouraged. New media productions using archival or orphaned material are also sought, as are technical presentations on audiovisual archiving and preservation.

E-mail proposals to Proposals should: summarize (in 500 words or fewer) the argument or rationale; identify AV materials to be presented (and their format/s); include a title; and be e-mailed as a file attachment (.docx or .rtf, not .pdf). Include your surname in the file name (e.g, OFS2016_Name.docx). Questions to

First round of proposal review begins July 10, 2015. However, we will continue to accept proposals through the end of September.

Save the dates: April 6 - 9, 2016. The symposium kicks off on Wednesday evening, followed by three full days and nights of screenings, talks, food, and beverage. Early arrivers may sign up to tour the Library’s astounding technical facilities, where LOC collections -- 1.5 million moving image items, 3 million sound recordings, and digital objects by the petabyte -- are being preserved, conserved, and digitized.

Online registration will open in October 2015. Registration fees (unchanged in 16 years!) Includes catered meals. -$250 before February 1, 2016; -$300 after; - students and the underemployed may pay half-price.