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Helen Hill Tribute: American Library Association Conference (ALA), June 23-28, 2011 - New Orleans, LA

Two tributes to Helen Hill were held in conjunction with the ALA annual conference. An AM session was held at the convention center, sponsored by both ALA's ARTS Section and its Video Roundtable:
"Filmmaker Helen Hill: Animation, Activism and Recovery"

Helen Hill's tragic murder post-Hurricane Katrina has inspired fellow artists and librarians to preserve her legacy. After her films and materials were damaged in the flood, Hill engaged with techniques of archiving and restoration. Join the Video Round Table for a panel discussion on award-winning filmmaker of experimental animation and local New Orleans community activist, Helen Hill.

This event is co-sponsored by VRT and ACRL-ARTS; co-sponsored in name only by ALCTS-PARS and SRRT. (See VRT Gala Tribute to Hill, Sunday, 6/26, 7-9:30pm.) Moderator: Howard Besser, Director, New York University's Moving Image Archiving & Preservation Program Panelists: Kara Van Malssen, Digital Conservation Consultant; Dwight Swanson, Center for Home Movies; Brenda A. Flora, Tulane University Amistad Research Center.

An evening session Devoted to Helen's work (both filmmaking and community work) was part of the annual ALA Video RoundTable Gala. This was held at the local Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center which Helen frequented. And money was raised to support both the Orphans Film Symposium's Helen Hill Award, and to support the Francis Pop Educational Fund (for her son). The event attracted an interesting mix of librarians and local friends of Helen. Here's how it was advertised:

Helen Hill was a social activist and artist of experimental animation who lived and created in New Orleans. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Hill's work expanded into the preservation realm as she promoted do-it-yourself techniques for film archiving and restoration. Her films have received awards and honors, including entry in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. Join Video Round Table and friends of Helen Hill for an evening celebrating her life and work.