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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See a PDF of the Official Program here.

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 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.

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 kicks off with screenings on Wednesday evening at 8:00 pm, followed by three full days and nights of projections, talks, food, and beverage.

Early arrivers may tour the Library’s astounding technical facilities, beginning at 3:00 pm. See the labs 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 and swag: $250. Students and the underemployed $125. Seating is limited, so register now.

Highlights include

  • WEDNESDAY, 8:00PM opening, Dreams Rewired (2015, Austria/Germany/UK) with filmmakers Manu Luksch & Martin Reinhart.
  • THURSDAY evening: film restoration legends Robert Gitt (UCLA) and Robert Heiber (Chace Foundation) with "A Century of Sound."
  • FRIDAY evening: Helen Hill Award presentation, featuring the work of filmmaker Sasha Waters Freyer.
  • SATURDAY evening: "Celebrating Sounds from Everywhere: A Medley," a variety of rare short film and video works, with multiple presenters. Includes, direct from the Feil family archive, The Inner World of Aphasia (1968, Edward and Naomi Feil), named to the National Film Registry in 2015.

  • Daytime sessions include

    Evan Meaney (USC) introduces Big_Sleep™ (Meaney and Amy Szczepanski, 2015)

    Rick Prelinger (UC Santa Cruz) on the challenges of moving image preservation today

    SOUND AND COLOR: Technology and Aesthetics, with Joshua Yumibe (Michigan State U) Color Film and the Coming of Sound; Ulrich Ruedel (U of Applied Sciences, Berlin) Film Sound and Color since 1929; Heather Heckman (U of South Carolina) Continuous Monochrome: The Problem of the Soundtrack in Chromogenic Color Printing

    LISTENING TO WWII: Jeff Martin Recorded Voice of Lt. Edward W. Stewart (1943): Amateur Recordings Short-Wave Broadcasts from Japanese POW Camps; Matt Barton (LOC) U.S. Marine Corps Combat Recordings, 1943-1945; and Melissa Dollman Listening to 175 Rosies: Audio from the Records of The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter Project, 1974-1980.

    Nico de Klerk, Joachim Schätz, & Katalin Teller (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society, Vienna) Travel Lecture Films of Colin Ross "mit ohne Sound." Screenings to include Achtung Australien! Achtung Asien! Das Doppelkontinent des Ostens (Attention Australia! Attention Asia! The Twin Continents of the East, 1930)

    Sandra Schulberg IndieCollect Showcases 5 Rediscoveries

    The Radio Preservation Task Force: New Histories of Radio: Josh Shepperd (Catholic U), Stephanie Sapienza (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities), Shawn VanCour (NYU), Jenny Doctor (Syracuse U), Alan Gevinson & Rachel Curtis (American Archive of Public Broadcasting), Brian DeShazor & Joseph Gallucci (Pacifica Radio Archives)

    Viviana García Besné, Paulina Suárez-Hesketh, & Michael Ramos Araizaga, Morelos Mezcla: The collective of Permanencia Voluntaria Archivo Cinematográfico presents fragments of Mexican cinema (1930s-70s)

    Anke Mebold (Deutsches Filminstitut) Tonbilder, 1908-09: Synchronizing Discs and Films from Deutsche Bioscope and Alfred Duskes Films

    Paula Félix-Didier, Andrés Levinson, & Leandro Listorti (Museo del Cine de Buenos Aires) Variedades sonoras Ariel N 1: "Mosaico Criollo" (Eleuterio Iribarren, 1929) and other Argetine films

    Genevieve Havemeyer-King (Wildlife Conservation Society) and Pamela Vizner Oyarce (Second Run Media Preservation, Santiago) Audio Reconstruction for Andrea Callard's Super 8 Film Some Food May Be Found in the Desert (1977)

    Bill Brand (BB Optics) Preserving Reflections (Madeline Tourtelot, 1955; music by Ed Bland) for the Flaherty Film Seminar, Chicago Film Archives, and NYU MIAP Program

    Dan Einstein & Mark Quigley (UCLA Film & Television Archive) Preserving 130 episodes of The Goldbergs from 600 vinyl transcription disks

    Walter Forsberg (Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture) & Charles Musser (Yale U) Music in the Henry Wallace Campaign of ’48: Count Us In (Union Films, 1948)

    Blake McDowell (Smithsonian NMAAHC) Paul Bowles Film Scores; and the rediscovered amateur film Venus and Adonis (Harry Dunham and Jules V. D. Bucher, 1935)

    Robin Edgerton Computing For Fun (1963-43) at Bell Labs

    Gregory Zinman (Georgia Tech) The Archival Silences of Nam June Paik’s Etude (1967-68), "one of the earliest digital artworks created by an artist who was not first trained as a computer engineer."

    David Gibson (LOC) The Question of Abandonware in Video Game Preservation

    + New restorations from Cinémathèque française,Premier nocturne en fa dièse majeur de Chopin (GPP, 1928), and EYE Film Museum, Guy Stewart's Newsprint (1972)

    Remarks by Mike Mashon (LOC) and Dan Streible (NYU)

    . . . AND MORE!

    Check out the new timeline of the Orphan Film Symposium, 1999 - 2016 . . .

    designed by Martha Diaz & Erica Gold (NYU MIAP)