Among the lesser known or neglected (i.e., orphan-ish) titles add today to the National Film Registry are these. The blurbs are (mostly) from the Library of Congress's news release (http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2013/13-216.html). I've add some Orphan Film Symposium notes.
* Screened at the 2002 Orphan Film Symposium. And the subject of a few blog posts here one year ago.
* Screened during the 2012 NYU Orphan Film Symposium at the Museum of the Moving Image, as presented by Dan Friedlaender and Adrianne Finelli. This was also part of a session called "Progressive Education and Labor Advocacy: A Lee Dick Retrospective," in which we also screened School: A Film About Progressive Education (1939) with introductions by Craig Kridel, Ivan von Sauer, and original School cast member Eugene Perl.
The whole of the Men and Dust can viewed and downloaded here: http://www.nyu.edu/orphanfilm/orphans8/mov8/Men_and_Dust.mov. +Audio of the talks by all of the above are on the Orphans site too.
During the summer of 1966, the Chicago Freedom Movement, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., targeted Chicago in a drive to end de facto segregation in northern cities and ensure better housing, education and job opportunities for African Americans. After violent rioting and a month of demonstrations, the city reached an agreement with King, in part to avoid a threatened march for open housing in the neighboring all-white town of Cicero, Ill., the scene of a riot 15 years earlier when a black couple tried to move into an apartment there. King called off further demonstrations, but other activists marched in Cicero on Sept. 4, an event preserved on film in this eight-minute, cinema-verité piece. Using lightweight, handheld equipment, the Chicago-based Film Group, Inc. filmmakers situated themselves in the midst of confrontations and captured for posterity the viciousness of northern reactions to civil-rights reforms.
*The soundtrack from Cicero March was part of Andy Uhrich's presentation at Orphans Midwest ("The Film Group of Chicago: Advertising Films and Verité Documentary of the 1960s and 70s"). Kudos too to Chicago Film Archives, which houses the Film Group Collection.
Billy Woodberry's UCLA thesis film. Part of the vibrant New Wave of independent African-American filmmakers to emerge in the 1970s and 1980s, Woodberry became a key figure in the movement known as the L.A. Rebellion.
This introspective "contrived diary" film features vignettes from the relationship of a real-life couple, in this case the director Stanton Kaye (as Simon Weiss) and his girlfriend [Michaux French as Brandy]. Reminiscent of Jim McBride’s "David Holzman’s Diary"—this simulated autobiography blurs the lines between reality and illusion, moving in non-linear arcs through the ever-evolving and unpredictable interactions.
A fascinating example of the daringly unexpected topics and scope showcased by the best regional, independent filmmaking during the silent era, "Daughterof Dawn" features an all-Native-American cast of Comanches and Kiowas [including a son and daughter of famed Comanche chief Quanah Parker (son of Cynthia Ann Parker, upon whose captivity experience that little Registry film called The Searchers (John Ford, 1956) was based]. Restored by the Oklahoma Historical Society. NFPF grant. To be released by Milestone Films. Clips here and elswhere:
Adam Davidson's Columbia University student film.
Frontier was filmed by storied documentarian Julien Bryan [whose film Siege (1940) is on the Registry] and Jules Bucher.and
Planetbenjamin's YouTube upload says:
Filmed in 1943 at Bennington College by Russian-born sculptor Simon Moselsio. His wife [Herta, by name. -- ed.], who took still photos of the same piece, explained "We used two movie cameras for the motion picture, so we could take the picture from different angles.... I had the still camera around my neck and made the stills at the same time."
"Lamentation,"ca. summer 1937
Silver gelatin prints
Purchase, 2001 (233.2, 234.2)