Jun 18, 2013

Some possible presentations in the offing for Orphans 9

As the June 28 deadline for first-looks at proposals approaches, here are some films, speakers, topics, and institutions likely to be on the final Orphan Film Symposium program at EYE, March 30 - April 2, 2014.

Thomas Elsaesser: On Obsolescence

Eriona Vyshka (Albanian Film Archive), filmmaker Fatmir Koçi, and Regina Longo (UC Santa Cruz): on the Albanian Cinema Project; screening ethno-choreographic film by Ramazan Bogdani (1972) and feature film TBA

Frank Scheffer: premieres a new work made from his never-released 1980 interview footage of American Zoetrope people (Francis Ford Coppola, Wim Wenders, Scott Bartlett, et al.)

Giovanna Fossati (EYE): The Restoration of Color in Silent-era Films

Simona Monizza (EYE): Abstract animated films by Maarten Visser

Dennis Doros (Milestone Films): Outtakes and ‘Lost’ Films of Shirley Clarke

Andrés Levinson and Paula Félix-Didier (Museo del Cine, Buenos Aires): Rediscovering Films at the End of the World,  En las orcadas del sur (Jose Manuel Moneta, 1927) and El tango en la provincia de Buenos Aires (Quiriano Cristiani, 19??)

Charles Musser (Yale U): on Industry’s Disinherited (Unions Films, 1949)

Dan Streible (NYU): on Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)

Ramesh Kumar (NYU/Uva/EYE): Policy and Practices of National Film Archives (India, Australia, the Netherlands, et al.)

Mark Williams (Dartmouth College), Karen Cariani (WGBH Archive), Mark G. Cooper (University of South Carolina): Newsfilm and the Media Ecology Project

Melissa Dollman: Betty Friedan’s access cable TV program Betty at Home (1977)

Maria Vinogradova (NYU): amateur film in the Soviet Union, 1957-1991

Chris Wahl (HFF Potsdam): amateur productions from Betriebsfilmstudio GDR

Elzbieta Wysocka (Filmoteka Narodowa): Unused Polish Newsreels (1946-1990)

Monika Supruniuk (Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw): OKO (1914): Kazimierz Prószynski and the first Polish Amateur Film Camera

Shira Peltzman: World Cinema Foundation restoration of Lino Brocka’s documentary about the making of his feature film Maynila Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag / Manila in the Claws of Neon (Philippines, 1975)

Reto Kromer (reto.ch): on the CBS Electronic Video Recording The 8mm Film: Its Emerging Role in Education (1966), et al.

Yvonne Zimmermann: Hans Richter’s Swiss film Die Eroberung des Himmels (La Conquête du ciel / Conquest of the Sky, 1938) from Cinémathèque Suisse

Martin Koerber (Deutsche Kinemathek): digital collaborations in restoring early sound films (Messter's Biophon Tonbilder, 1903-1913) and obsolescent color films (Gasparcolor

Benedict Salazar Olgado (National Film Archive of the Philippines) and Bill Brand (BB Optics): Restoring On My Way to India Consciousness I Reached China (Henry Francia, 1968)

Juana Suárez (NYU APEX): Audiovisual Preservation Exchange with Fundación Patrimonio Fílmico Colombiano

Rebecca Baron and Douglas Goodwin (CalArts): Serios, on thoughtographic films and photos (with support from the Austrian Filmmuseum and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Kuhn Library)

Heidi Rae Cooley (USC): Outtakes from The Augustas (Scott Nixon, ca. 1950s)

Zoe Graham: on Jean Rouch’s Ateliers Varan film workshops in Mozambique and Brazil (1980s)

Some other films at which we are looking:

Career of a Salesman (Columbia Pictures, 1951) the never-released prologue to the feature film Death of a Salesman

Career of a Salesman (Handy Organization for National Sales Executive Club, 196?) includes scenes from the 1951 Death of a Salesman to demonstrate improper sales attitudes[!]

Small Town aka Small Town Espionage (Sandia Corp., US, 1960) purporting to show Soviet spies training to infiltrate America

A Frontier Post (Fox, US, 1925) a never-released short about the U.S. cavalry’s African American “buffalo soldiers”; restored in 35mm by Greg Wilbacher and USC Moving Image Research Collections

Rainbow Dance (Len Lye, UK, 1936)

+ screenings by 2014 Helen Hill Award recipient (independent filmmaker TBA)