Orphan Film Symposium West in Los Angeles, May 2/3

From: Adam Hyman (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Apr 19 2009 - 10:35:47 PDT

Los Angeles Filmforum and Cinefamily
Host the Orphan Film Symposium
Where: The Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave (just south of
Melrose), Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-655-2510 (ph)
When: Saturday May 2 and Sunday May 3, 2009
How: To purchase tickets or symposium passes, visit www.cinefamily.org
<http://www.cinefamily.org> or call 323-655-2510
Los Angeles, CA ­ Los Angeles Filmforum, Cinefamily at the Silent Movie
Theatre, and New York Universityıs Tisch School of the Arts will present a
retrospective of the Orphan Film Symposium ­ Orphans West - at the historic
Silent Movie Theatre on May 2 and 3, 2009.
The Orphan Film Symposium has had six incarnations since its start in 1999
at the University of South Carolina. Founder Dan Streible has since
developed the symposium into a favorite of AMIA members, filmmakers, and
historians. The event is now held at New York University as a project of
their Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program, and draws sold out
crowds from around the world (18 nations were represented at the last
For the uninitiated, ³orphan² works are those which are outside of the
mainstream and often have no known origin or copyright, or were at one point
considered ³lost² and without a formal repository to preserve it. These
include home movies, amateur and educational films, industrial and sponsored
films, experimental films, and newsreels. Presenters at the symposium speak
about orphan restoration and research projects, their processes of discovery
for these films and videos, followed by screenings of the works.
Undoubtedly, latecomers to the Orphans phenomenon are curious as to what
stories and treasures the early incarnations of the symposium uncovered. For
those curious parties who have missed some or all of the symposia, LA-based
organizations Los Angeles Filmforum and Cinefamily worked with NYU and Dan
Streible to coordinate a two-day retrospective event on May 2 and 3 at the
historic Silent Movie Theatre at 611 N. Fairfax. The event will feature five
shows; each featuring selected presentations and screenings from all six
previous symposia. Orphans founder Dan Streible will be present along with
an amazing lineup of presenters and films.
Admission is $13 per show. For $65, patrons will receive a pass to all five
shows in the symposium, free soda and popcorn AND a dinner and wine
reception on Saturday night between the first and second shows.
The presentations and films included in the symposium range in topic from
Mexican super 8mm; the NASA space program; sex education; science;
historical; political; and much more. Our presenters include Dan Streible,
Craig Baldwin, Scott Stark, Jess Lerner, Stephen Parr, Christopher Lane and
Amy Sloper. To view the full lineup of shows, presenters and films, visit
the Orphans West page at www.lafilmforum.org/OrphansWest/Program
Show Lineup (visit the program page for full descriptions):
Saturday May 2, 6:00pm
Selections from Orphans 1: Saving Orphan Films in the Digital Age
and Orphans 2: Documenting the 20th Century
Saturday May 2, 2009, 8:00 pm
Dinner and wine in the courtyard of the Silent Movie Theatre!
 ** For symposium pass holders only **
Saturday May 2, 9:30pm
Selections from Orphans 3: Listening to Orphan Films; Sound, Music, Voice
Sunday May 3, 2:00pm
Selections from Orphans 4: On Location: Place and Region in Forgotten Films
Sunday May 3, 4:30pm
Selections from Orphans 5: Science, Industry and Education
Sunday May 3, 8:00pm
Selections from Orphans 6: The State
About Los Angeles Filmforum: Filmforum was incorporated in 1975. Its
mission is to promote a greater understanding of film as an art form and the
filmmaker as an artist by providing a forum for independently produced,
experimental films, which have little opportunity of reaching the general
public through normal channels of commercial distribution. It showcases
alternative media that aims to inspire, enlighten, and empower, as well as
to entertain. By featuring the underrepresented voices and visions of truly
independent filmmakers, Filmforum exposes audiences to the full range of
artistic expression, cultural perspectives, and critical inquiry. It
continues as the cityıs longest running organization that screens
experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and
experimental animation. For more information, visit our website at
www.lafilmforum.org, or contact us at (address suppressed)

About Cinefamily: The Cinefamily is an organization of movie lovers devoted
to finding and presenting interesting and unusual programs of exceptional,
distinctive, weird and wonderful films. The Cinefamilyıs goal is to foster a
spirit of community and a sense of discovery, while reinvigorating the
movie-going experience. Like campfires, sporting events and church services,
we believe that movies work best as social experiences. They are more
meaningful, funnier and scarier when shared with others. Our home is the
Silent Movie Theatre, one of Hollywoodıs most beloved and beautiful cultural
landmarks. There, The Cinefamily will provide a destination spot for Los
Angelenos and others to rediscover the pleasures of cinema.

For further information please contact Stephanie Sapienza at
email suppressed, or Adam Hyman at (address suppressed)

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