Jun 12, 2012

Additional "Orphans 8" T-shirts now available.

Because we ran out of all the T-shirts created for this year's Orphan Film Symposium, additional Orphans 8 T-shirts are going to be special ordered. 

1 shirt = $15
2 shirts ($25)
3 shirts ($35)
4 shirts ($45)
5 shirts ($55)

Here are the 3 designs:

  •   khaki w/ ORPHANS 8 block logo
  •   purple w/ hanging bat, designed by Jo Dery (Helen Hill Awardee)
  •   maroon w/ design by Jeanne Liotta (Helen Hill Award recipient)
By July 1, e-mail your order to orphanfilmsymposium@gmail.com 

Identify the shirt/s you want by 

  • design (block logo, Dery, or Liotta
  • size (2XL, XL, L, M, S, XS)
  • fit  (i.e., "Women's" or "Men's/Unisex," as American Apparel calls them AmericanApparel.net/sizing.html
Include your shipping address with your order. We will then contact you about how to pay with credit card or check.

Jun 5, 2012

First Queens, now Brooklyn.

Having wrapped up "Orphans 8" at Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, the Orphan Film Symposium visits another borough -- courtesy of Brooklyn's Northside Film Festival.

Thursday, June 21
136 Metropolitan Ave. 
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 

See highlights from the 8th Orphan Film Symposium, 
plus additional special selections! 

Filmmaker Jodie Mack et al. talk about the screenings. 
Emcee: Ivria Dubs. 

SUNDAY - (Dan Drasin, 1961) 17min
     A 35mm restoration (thanks to Martin Scorsese and the Film Foundation) documenting a Washington Square Park protest against the city's attempt to ban folksinging [!]

DAYDREAM THERAPY - (Bernard Nicolas, 1977) 8min
with ONE FRIDAY - (Rolf Forsberg, 1973), 9min
     From UCLA Film and Television Archive's acclaimed "L.A. Rebellion" series, Nicolas' student film is one of many rediscovered works made by African American filmmakers active in Los Angeles in the 1970s. Music by Nina Simone.
     In contrast, Forsberg's deliberately provocative classroom film imagines a race war from the point of view of a little white girl.

THE JUNGLE - (12th & Oxford Street Film Makers, 1967) 21min
     Members of an African American gang made this stylistically powerful expression of their life in Philadelphia. Includes their memorable, original score of vocals and percussion. Added to the National Film Registry in 2009

UFOS - (Lillian Schwartz with Ken Knowlton,1971) 4min
GALAXIES – (Lillian Schwartz, 1974) 4min 
     Bell Labs hosted the work of computer art pioneers, including Schwartz and her abstract animated films, now newly restored. Music by Emmanuel Ghent and F. Richard Moore. (See lillian.com.)

POSTHASTE PERENNIAL PATTERN - (Jodie Mack, 2010) 3.5min
     A film artist in a digital age, animator and songstress Jodie Mack was, in part, inspired by the work of Lillian Schwartz (computer artist in a film era) and DIY animatrice Helen Hill.

SCRATCH AND CROW - (Helen Hill, 1995) 4min
     Helen made this animated short as her thesis film at CalArts; named to the National Film Registry.

LIGHT CAVALRY GIRL - (Jie Shen, 1980) 9min
     A sublime, wordless, balletic documentation of the motorcycle-riding troupe in the People's Republic of China. (From the Chinese Film Collection, University of South Carolina.)

See you there

Questions for the Nitehawk Cinema:  (718) 384-3980
For the Northside Festival: Sarah Lerner   sarah.michele.lerner [AT] Gmail 

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Jun 4, 2012

Orphan films and social media

NYU home page for Orphans projects and events. Documentation of symposium including text, audio, images, and video, e.g., Orphans 8 at www.nyu.edu/orphanfilm/orphans8.

"archivists, academics, & artists saving, studying, & screening neglected moving images." You are here. Occasional articles, announcements, and news. Guest bloggers welcome.

Internet Archive: Orphan Film Symposium Collection
Audio recordings of past symposia talks, interviews with participants (edited and unedited), and verite footage.

For sending and receiving official OFS communiques and file attachments. Forwards to dan.streible@nyu.edu.

Twitter: Orphan Film Project
"saving, screening, studying neglected moving images since 1999."
(Hashtag was #orphans8. Now #orphanfilms.)

Tumblr: orphan_films
"Neglected cinema artifacts." A microblog. One picture at a time.

Facebook group: Orphan Film Symposium
562 members as of today; ask to join.

Flickr group: Orphan Film Symposium
686 items, documenting the three NYC symposiums (2008 to present).

Wikipedia: Orphan film
"a motion picture work that has been abandoned by its owner or copyright holder; also, any film that has suffered neglect...."

"What is an orphan film?" 

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