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All manner of films outside the commercial mainstream: amateur,
educational,
ethnographic,
industrial,
government,
experimental,
censored,
independent,
sponsored,
obsolescent,
small-gauge,
silent,
student,
medical,
unreleased, and
underground films, as well as
kinescopes,
home movies,
test reels,
newsreels,
outtakes,
fringe TV,
and other
ephemeral moving images. More...

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

and
the State Theatre
Culpeper, Virginia



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In April 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-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 were showcased in the Library’s jewel-box Packard Theater.

The theme of “Orphans X” was SOUND, broadly conceived. Presentations and screenings addressed the history, uses, and preservation of recorded sound -- with and without moving images.

Early arrivers toured 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 preserved, conserved, and digitized.



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

designed by Martha Diaz & Erica Gold (NYU MIAP)