Jan 30, 2008

NYS funds for attending Orphans 6, ETC

The Experimental Television Center administers the Media Arts Technical Assistance Fund, with support by the New York State Council of the Arts. The fund helps staff of media arts organizations (in the state) offset costs of symposium registration fees and travel expenses.

ETC asks that applications be sent as soon as possible. No applications accepted after March 14, 2008.

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Jan 26, 2008

Music for surveillance and outtakes

A new feature of the symposium at NYU is another wrinkle in the musical work done for the presentations. Thanks to Professor Ron Sadoff (Director of Film Scoring), students in his innovative program will score seemingly "un-score-able" films, including a 1968 surveillance film shot at an anti-war protest and outtakes from a Catalan newsreel shot during the Spanish Civil War. The idea stemmed from long-time orphanista Julie Hubbert's work with students at the University of South Carolina during Orphans 5. Professor Hubbert recruited Sadoff to the orphan film cause while at "Music and the Moving Image," a 2007 conference he co-organized at the NYU Dept. of Music and Performing Arts Professions for its Program in Scoring for Film and Multimedia. Another great partner to have in this eclectic enterprise.

Jan 22, 2008

Almost full

Wow, registrations for Orphans 6 are coming in really fast now. We are going to have to close registration on January 25. (You know how you hate airlines when they overbook your flight.) If you want to be a symposiast, do reserve a seat by registering now.

Requests for registrations received after January 25, 2008, are not guaranteed. These will be put on a waiting list and reviewed on a case by case basis.

Jan 21, 2008

King Day update

Happy MLK Day. Seeing the major U.S. presidential candidates assemblying on the steps of the State House in Columbia, South Carolina today, led me to think of the remarkable film from the USC Newsfilm Library, which was screened at the Orphan Film Symposium in 2004. Shot in 16mm by a television news crew from Columbia, the footage gives us four minutes of King, May 9, 1966, telling a large crowd in the small town of Kingstree, SC, to "march on ballot boxes." His voice was stirring as always. More inspirational: a family who had been at the event in 1966 came to the screening and were deeply moved by this filmed record of Martin Luther King, Jr. firing up the Kingstree community. They were stunned and thrilled to find that a movie capturing that moment existed. And had been preserved and brought to life again.

Jan 11, 2008

Registration for Orphans 6

Looks like we will run out 'seats' for full registrations before January is over. It's great to see people signing up from so many places and professions: media artists from Australia, a film archiving professor from China, a Fulbright scholar from France, a library scientist from Chile, students from Germany and the Netherlands, a filmmaker from Canada, an archivist from Kentucky, film scholars from South Carolina, an audio restorationist from Hollywood. You get the picture.
If you plan to attend, sign up with due haste!

Jan 9, 2008

Where to stay? Orphan hotels

If you have not arranged for a place to sleep during those 3 or 4 hours a night the symposium permits you -- book soon.

Here's the page with one set of recommendations for hotels near NYU-Washington Square.

And here's additional sage advice about places to look into if you are trying to save bread. WalkingOffTheBigApple.com

If you run out of options, let me know. The Orphans circle might be able to help you.

Jan 6, 2008

about Early Registration

Happy Two Thousand Eight!

We've been getting a flurry of questions about the early registration cut off date for the Orphan Film Symposium. Not to worry. If you didn't register by January 6th, you can still pay the reduced fee until the end of January.

People are registering at a steady clip now, so the available seats may sell out before the end of January. Register soon!