Nov 21, 2010

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The Moving Image (2012)
Special Themed Issue: 
Experimental / Avant-Garde / The Archive

The editors of The Moving Image seek proposals or completed essays for consideration in a special themed issue on experimental/avant-garde moving images and the archive, which will be published in 2012. One page proposals are due no later than Dec. 31, 2010. Essays are due no later than Apr. 1, 2011. The forum section of the journal is not peer-reviewed and is designed to feature shorter, less traditionally scholarly work, such as interviews with artists, think pieces on the challenges of working with experimental moving image materials, or profiles of archival collections. Essays in the “main” section of the journal are double-blind peer reviewed.

Topics for ARTICLES might include but are by no means limited to:

• Examinations of individual archival collections/holdings
• Archivally-inflected scholarship focused on a particular maker
• Archivally-oriented close readings of films/videos/installations/performances
• Scholarship on a filmmaker’s papers or films/videos
• Discussions of preservation and restoration
• Explorations of distribution and access

Because the journal features a FORUM section, we also welcome and encourage:
• Interviews (with filmmakers, video artists, archivists, distributors, collectors)
• Short “notes from the field” essays
• Manifestos
• Roundtable discussions (albeit virtual)
• “State of the field” observations


The Moving Image is the journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

For more information, visit our website:


Please e-mail proposals (one page in length), essays, or queries to Devin Orgeron, editor in chief, at devin_orgeron[at]

(above, not Devin Orgeron, but Willie Ritchie)


* Images appropriated from Alexander Rodchenko (Lilya Brik poster, 1924); Robert Beavers, Diminished Frame (1970/2001); Leslie Thornton, Chimp for Normal Short (1999); Man Ray; Bill Morrison, Decasia (2002), appropriation of Boxing: [Willie] Ritchie Trains (1923, Fox News; USC MIRC).

Nov 20, 2010

DOC NYC Festival of Storytelling: Orphans of NYC

DOC NYC | Orphan Film Symposium  |  IFC Center
November 7, 2010  | 4pm

Orphans  of  NYC

Prelude:  [Ramona & Jose Torres wedding film]  (1961)  silent, 14’
Source:  Anthology Film Archives; the Torres family (BluRay by Colorlab)
            lost film found, reunited with owners

Progress Indeed (2010, Russell Sheaffer and Jim Bittl)  1’  
Source:  NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Dept. of Cinema Studies
            trailer for the 7th Orphan Film Symposium

Grandfather (2008, James Kinder) 3’
Source:  James Kinder (Portland, OR)
            a student film from the New School, found-footage, direct animation

NYC Street Scenes and Noises (1929, Fox Movietone News) 4’
Source:  University of South Carolina, Moving Image Research Collections (Cinetech)
            early synchronous sound recording, from nitrate original, never-released outtakes

[Wallace Kelly’s New York] (1930) silent, 6’  introduced by Martha Kelly
Source:  Library of Congress, Center for Home Movies Collection (Colorlab)
            home movies, amateur film, experimental

[John Shaw Billings’ New York] (1940-49) silent, 10’
Source:  University of South Carolina, Moving Image Research Collections
            amateur film, home movies, Kodachrome

11 thru 12 (1977, Andrea Callard) 11’ introduced by Andrea Callard
Source:  NYU Fales Library & Special Collections (BB Optics and Colorlab)
            Super 8 sound, experimental, artist’s film

Sunday (1961, Dan Drasin) 35mm, 17’ 
Source:  NYU Film Study Center; UCLA Film and Television Archive; the Film Foundation
            teenage filmmaker’s independent documentary, copyright limbo

People’s Congressman (1948, Union Films) 12’ introduced by Charles Musser
Source:   NYU Tamiment Library (video transfer by
            rediscovered, campaign film, advertisement, blacklisted

French Lunch (1967, Nell Cox) 15’ introduced by Nell Cox
Source:  Nell Cox (New York, NY)
            independent documentary, not yet preserved