Jul 9, 2013

NYU + IU: Orphan Film Symposium

NYU and  IU co-present an Orphan Film Symposium

Orphans Midwest @ Indiana University Bloomington September 26-28, 2013

Theme: Materiality and the Moving Image

Keynote: Tom Gunning (U of Chicago)

REGISTER NOW for this 3-day Orphan Film Symposium.

Special opening night program

Films for Cello

An evening with

filmmaker Bill Morrison  +  Opus 3 artist Maya Beiser 


Light Is Calling (2004) music by Michael Gordon
Cello Counterpoint (2005) music by Steve Reich for Maya Beiser
Just Ancient Loops (2012) music by Michael Harrison for Maya Beiser
world premiere of the film All Vows (2013) music (2006) by Michael Gordon

Indiana University Cinema and the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program commissioned the film All Vows. The project is supported by Indiana University’s New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Program and College of Arts & Humanities Institute (CAHI).

. . . . . Other premieres at Orphans Midwest include:

 ■ ▲ Newly restored A Frontier Post (Fox, 1925) a never-released short about the "buffalo soliders" of the U.S. 10th Cavalry; with a commissioned score performed by Gabriel Gutierrez Arellano. Presented by Greg Wilsbacher (University of South Carolina Moving Image Research Collections).

● ■ LOC's digital restoration of the newly-realized complete version of Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894), presented by Mike Mashon (Library of Congress) and Dan Streible (NYU Cinema Studies/MIAP).

+ New excerpts of work in progress on reconstructing the fragments of Hell Bound Train (1929-30) and Verdict Not Guilty (1930-33) in the Eloyce Gist Collection at the Library of Congress. 

. . . . . And

+ "Placing Orphan Films," a full day of presentations examining how new categorizations are affecting media studies, organized by SCMS's Nontheatrical Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group. Led by Martin Johnson (Catholic U) and Andy Uhrich (IU).

▲ ▲ An evening of musical wonders captured on film and video from regional archives and private collections of the American Midwest and South, curated by archivist and musician Kelli Hix (Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

Hear more than 40 presenters, see dozens of resurrected films!
Live music by LYLAS, Josephine McRobbie, and others

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• • with introduction by suitcase discoverer and archivist Albert Steg (Center for Home Movies). 

• • Jeff Martin (video conservator and exec. director of IMAP — Independent Media Arts Preservation) moderates a session with presentations by Casey, Elnabli & Jimenez:  
 . . . . . Mona Jimenez (NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program) on early video processing tools by artists and technologists of the 1960s and 1970s
. . . . . Mike Casey on IU’s Media Preservation Initiative 
 . . . . . Stefan Elnabli (Northwestern U) The Open-Source Avalon Media System: Digitizing 2,425 Wildcat 16mm Football Films (1929-89)

• • Heddi Vaughan Siebel on Anthony Fiala’s Arctic Expedition Films, 1901-1905
+  a 35mm screening of A Dash to the North Pole (Charles Urban, 1909) partially retitled with Swiss German intertitles. From BFI National Archive.

• • Amy Beste on EB Films: The Living City (John Barnes, 1953)
• • Alex Kupfer (NYU) History of University Extension Programs and as Nontheatrical Film Producers and Distributors
• • Natasha Ritsma (Kenyon College) History of the IU Audio-Visual Center
• • Marsha Gordon (NCSU) and Allyson Nadia Field (UCLA) on Felicia (ca. 1965) a teenage perspective on living in Watts

• • Donald Crafton (Notre Dame) and Andrew Beckman (Studebaker National Museum) on Partnership of Faith (1949, Studebaker Corp.)
• • Gregory A. Waller (IU) a home movie from Brown County
• • James Paasche (IU) on Transportation Underground: The Story of a Pipeline (Robert Young, for Indiana Farm Bureau Co-Op Association, 1953)

• • Jennifer Reeves (Cooper Union) My Anti-Landfill Film: Landfill 16 (2011), a hand-painted 16mm film derived from 16mm film fragments excavated from a landfill.

• • Outtakes from . . .
. . . . . Eyes on the Prize, Henry Hampton Collection, Nadia Ghasedi (Washington U)
. . . . . Kartemquin Films, Carolyn Faber (Kartemquin Archive project)
. . . . . Peter Bogdanovich Collection, IU Lilly Library, Noelle Griffis and Rachael Stoeltje (IU)

• • from the Kinsey Institute Film Archive:

. . . . . Eric Schaefer (Emerson College), Liana Zhou (IU), Russell Sheaffer (IU), Joseph Slade (Ohio U) on William Mishkin, Sexploitation Orphans, and The Orgy at Lil’s Place (1963) -- including a special midnight screening [!] of this rediscovery from the Kinsey Institute film collection.

• • from the IU Black Film Center/Archive:
. . . . . Brian Graney and Jacqueline Stewart (Chicago U) Early Black Film Artifacts as Material Evidence: Digital Regeneration
. . . . . S. Torriano Berry (Howard U) on reconstructing James and Eloyce Gist’s Hell Bound Train (1929-30) and Verdict Not Guilty (1930-33) at the Library of Congress

• • Craig Kridel (Museum of Education, University of South Carolina) Alice Keilher and the Human Relations Film Series, 1937-1942.
       Screening: a rare original 16mm print (from the IU Film Archive) of an HR series entry:  Fury (lynching) (1939, edited by Helen van Dongen, from Fritz Lang's 1936 MGM film, Fury)  17’

• • Andy Uhrich (IU) The Film Group of Chicago: Advertising Films and Verité Documentary of the 1960s and 70s

• • Greg Wilsbacher (IU alum and USC MIRC curator) introduces a screening of Fox Movietone News outtakes, Indiana University Graduation (June 10, 1929), featuring the IU Marching 100 and commencement remarks by IU President (later governor) Paul V. McNutt.

• • Andrea J. Kelley (IU) Hoagy Carmichael Soundies from the Archives of Traditional Music: Lazy Bones and Hong Kong Blues (1941, with Dorothy Dandridge, directed by Dudley Murphy).

• • Skip Elsheimer (AV Geeks) Science Movie Medley Projections