[Frameworks] Celebrating Orphan Films, May 13-14: UCLA Film and Televison Archive / NYU Cinema Studies

From: Dan Streible <dan.streible_at_nyu.edu>
Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2011 23:57:59 -0400

Celebrating Orphan Films
May 13-14, 2011
UCLA Film & Television Archive
Billy Wilder Theater, in the Hammer Museum
(Wilshire & Westwood Blvds. in Los Angeles)

UCLA Film & Television Archive, along with Los Angeles Filmforum, joins New York University's Orphan Film Symposium to present an eclectic mix of screenings and discussions. The events begin Friday evening with a diverse program of short films, followed on Saturday morning and afternoon by panels of speakers presenting recent discoveries and new preservation. The celebrating concludes with a Saturday evening screening of other overlooked films, each introduced by advocates and experts putting them in context.

Join archivists, media historians, artists, technical experts, and scholars as they discuss their efforts in finding, preserving, and presenting these revelatory, formerly orphaned works.

The Orphan Film Project consists of ongoing collaborations among archivists, scholars, lab and technology experts, filmmakers, distributors, curators, and collectors with a shared passion for saving and screening neglected film and video artifacts: newsfilm, sponsored and educational films, silent-era cinema, advertisements, government productions, home movies, outtakes, fragments, animations, fringe television, obsolescent technologies, experimental films, and “lost” works rediscovered.

One pass gets you into the entire "Celebrating Orphan Films" series, including program events on the evening of Friday, May 13 and all day Saturday, May 14.
Purchase passes at https://secure.cinema.ucla.edu/orphanpass (a mere ten bucks).


Highlights of the program include:

• Newly preserved Super 8 films by animator Helen Hill, shot around New Orleans before and after Katrina (2004-05), presented by Dan Streible (NYU).
• Selections from the University of South Carolina Moving Image Research Collections, including Fox Movietone News outtakes, introduced by Mark G. Cooper, and Yongli Li (Beijing Film Academy) with LIGHT CAVALRY GIRL (1980), a Chinese propaganda film featuring a troupe of young women on motorcycles.
• A presentation on Saul Bass by Jan-Christopher Horak (Director, UCLA Film & Television Archive).
• The last theatrically released Hearst NEWS OF THE DAY newsreel (1967) presented by Blaine Bartell (UCLA).
• A panel featuring preservationists Bill Brand (BB Optics), Ross Lipman (UCLA), and Mark Toscano (Academy Film Archive), including a complete screening of David Wojnarowicz’s controversial A FIRE IN MY BELLY (1986-87)
• Experimental films preserved by BB Optics and NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation students, including works by pioneering computer artist Lillian Schwartz.
• Home movies shot in Hawaii in the 1940s and 50s by African American aviator and entertainer Marie Dickerson Coker, presented by Leah M. Kerr (Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum) and Trisha Lendo (UCLA).
• MUZAK (1972), a film featuring executives of America's "efficiency through music" corporation. Courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

and much more to be announced.

Visit UCLA’s website for frequent program updates: http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2011-05-13/celebrating-orphan-films.
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