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...

Registration is open!

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

[Click here to register.]

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New York University Cinema Studies and its Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program join 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-amkers devoted to screening and discussing orphan films -- an eclectic variety of neglected moving images and sounds. 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 State Theatre on Main Street.

The theme of “Orphans X” is SOUND, broadly conceived. Presentations and screenings will address the history, uses, and preservation of recorded sound -- with and without moving images. The symposium will consider technological, aesthetic, social, industrial, and cultural issues. How have 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.

The symposium kicks off with screenings on Wednesday evening, followed by three full days and nights of projections, 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.

Registration fee (unchanged in 17 years!) includes catered meals. $250 before February 1, 2016; $300 after. Students half-price.

Seating is limited, so register early.