Sep 29, 2013

Orphans Midwest: "A hit!" raves the Bloomington Herald-Telephone

The morning after, iis difficult to articulate the insights, serendipities, and pleasures. But safe to say "Orphans Midwest" -- our film symposium devoted to Materialtu and the Moving Image -- was a big success.

More news about that in the near future.  

For now: a couple of photos.  


Mona Jimenez (NYU MIAP) touches the podium screen that previews her slides documenting early video synthesizers and other instruments.  

Andy Uhrich (Indiana U) gave an amazing presentation highlighted by his compilation reel of 16mm films from The Film Group (prints from Chicago Film Archives). Mind-blowing alternation between some of the Film Group's TV ads (for Blue Cross, Aunt Jemima, Kentucky Fried Chicken) and its documentary work from the same period (Cicero March, The Murder of Fred Hampton -- !).  "We need each other" as both insurance company slogan and political rhetoric. 

Eric Schaefer puts the rediscovery of a print of The Orgy at Lil's Place (William Mishkin Motion Pictures, 1963) into historical-industrial context of sexploitation. 

Sep 26, 2013

"Placing Orphan Films" opening morning snapshots

Video streaming of Placing Orphan Films.  

Sep 25, 2013

Game on! #orphansmidwest


Live stream of "Placing Orphan Films" -- Thursday, Sept. 26

Terrific news:  Live webcasting of Thursday, Sept. 26, conference "Placing Orphan Films."  See below from conveners Martin Johnson, Amanda Keeler, and Andy Uhrich. 

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The SCMS Nontheatrical Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group presents a graduate student conference, "Placing Orphan Films," a pre- Orphans Midwest event, this Thursday, at Indiana University. From 9:00 am to 5:00pm the presentations will be streamed live for those not in Bloomington.
Graduate students, emerging scholars, and film archivists from the Midwest and beyond will be analyzing the limits of the term orphan as a concept for addressing nontheatrical film. The wide-ranging topics being covered include the origins of scientific filmmaking, fan archiving of serial killer TV shows, locating the orphan film within the collecting institution, and how applying non-cinema studies approaches can open up new understandings of orphan films.

Placing Orphan Films
Thursday, September 26, 8 – 5pm
Bloomington, Indiana location: IMU Dogwood Room

Rest of the World location:

Conveners: Martin Johnson (Catholic U), Amanda Keeler (Marquette U), and Andy Uhrich (Indiana U) 
(NYU alumni in violet ;>)
9am Category Problems
Chair: Josh Malitsky (IU)
Luke Stadel (Northwestern U) Placing “Scientific” Cinema in the Pre-Nickelodeon Era
Dave Sagehorn (Northwestern U) Amateur Adjacent and Nearly Orphaned: Complications in Categorization
Ashley R. Smith (Northwestern U) Recurring Nightmares: The Shifting Ephemerality of “Exclusive” Serial Killer Interviews in America’s “Wound Culture”

10:30am Toward a Historiography of Film’s Productive Forces, via Twin Cities Archives
Chair: Martin Johnson (Catholic U)
Matt Levine (U of Minnesota) Films that Teach: Audio-Visual Education Services 
Rachel Schaff (U of M) Tracing the Archival Function: Home Movies, Amateur Films and the Institution
Anaïs Nony (U of M) Walter Breckenridge and the Educational Nature Film of the 1950s

12:00 noon lunch break

1pm Orphan Geographies
Chair: Gregory A. Waller (IU)
Ben Strassfeld (U of Michigan) Local Orphans: Examining the Local through Detroit Newsreels
Nate Brennan (NYU) Orphan Films or Prisoners of War? The Use of Captured Enemy Motion Pictures as Evidence and Intelligence during World War II

2:30pm Future Directions
Chair: Marsha Gordon (North Carolina State U)
Ashley Blewer and Travis Wagner (U of South Carolina) Un-Caging the Orphan: What Intersectionality Can Teach Us about the Educational Role of Orphan Works
Brian Real (U of Maryland) Orphan Films and Digital Humanities: Bad Metadata as a Barrier to Good Research
Kit Hughes (U of Wisconsin - Madison) “It’s the Pictures that Got Small”: Incorporating Video into the Orphans Movement

4:00pm Closing Thoughts

Sep 23, 2013

Complete program: Orphans Midwest: Materiality and the Moving Image

Orphans Midwest: Materiality and the Moving Image
a film symposium
at Indiana University Bloomington

presented by Indiana University Cinema, IU Libraries Film Archive, 
and NYU Cinema Studies/Tisch School of the Arts

Thursday, Sept. 26  
6:30pm  Opening Reception  IU Auditorium

Remarks by IU Cinema Director Jon Vickers, with Dean of University Libraries Brenda L. Johnson, and 
IU President Michael A. McRobbie 

8:30pm  Films for Cello in the Indiana University Cinema
Four works presented by filmmaker Bill Morrison 
with live performance by Opus 3 artist and cello virtuoso Maya Beiser
            Light Is Calling (2004) music by Michael Gordon
            Cello Counterpoint (2005) music by Steve Reich   
            Just Ancient Loops (2012) music by Michael Harrison  
            All Vows (world premiere) music by Michael Gordon

Indiana University Cinema and the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program commissioned Bill Morrison’s All Vows. The project is supported by Indiana University’s New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Institute.

Friday, Sept. 27  in the Indiana University Cinema
9:00am Welcome
Orphans Midwest trailer (Russell Sheaffer, 2013)
Rachael Stoeltje (IU Libraries Film Archive), Jon Vickers (IU Cinema), Dan Streible (NYU Orphan Film Symposium)

9:15am Keynote by Tom Gunning (U of Chicago)

10:00am  Silent-Era Films chair: Dan Streible
Mike Mashon (Library of Congress) Paper Prints in the DataCine Era   
Dan Streible (NYU) Versions of “Films”: Kinetoscopic and Digital
Heddi Vaughan Siebel (media artist) Anthony Fiala’s Arctic Expedition Films, 1901-1905
            + A Dash to the North Pole (Charles Urban, 1909) 35mm, BFI National Archive
Greg Wilsbacher (U of South Carolina) The Fox Varieties Series: Frogland (192?) and the Unreleased A Frontier Post (1925)

11:45am Media Migration  chair: Jeff Martin (Independent Media Arts Preservation)  
Mike Casey (IU Media Preservation Services) The Media Preservation Initiative
Stefan Elnabli (Northwestern Library) The Wildcats 16mm Football Film Collection (1929-89): Digitization and Access
Mona Jimenez (NYU) Early Video Processing Tools: Art & Technology

2:30pm Educational Films and University Distribution chair: Rachael Stoeltje
Alex Kupfer (NYU) University Extension Programs and Nontheatrical Film Distribution
Natasha Ritsma (Kenyon College) History of the IU Audio-Visual Center  
Amy Beste (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) Encyclopedia Britannica Films: The Living City (1953)
Marsha Gordon (NC State U) & Allyson Nadia Field (UCLA) On Felicia (Alan Gorg, Bob Dickson, and Trevor Greenwood, ca. 1965)

4:30pm  Indiana – Working for a Living  chair: Greg Waller
Donald Crafton (U of Notre Dame) and Andrew Beckman (Studebaker National Museum) Partnership of Faith (Studebaker Corp., 1949)
Gregory A. Waller (IU) an amateur film of farm and apple orchard in Hickory Hill, Indiana (ca. 1930) musical accompaniment by Jason Fickel
James Paasche (IU) Transportation Underground: The Story of a Pipeline (Robert Young, for Indiana Farm Bureau Co-Op Association, 1953)

8:30pm Portmanteau: 35mm, 16mm, HD, and ¼” Magnetic Audio Tape
Kit Hughes (Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research) trailers from the Emile de Antonio Collection, including Millhouse: A White Comedy (1971) and the German-language version of Point of Order (1963).
Greg Wilsbacher introduces the premiere of the 35mm restoration of A Frontier Post (Fox, 1925), musical accompaniment by Gabriel Gutierrez Arellano
Jennifer Reeves introduces her hand-painted 16mm film Landfill 16 (2011)
Albert Steg (Center for Home Movies) introduces Suitcase of Love and Shame (Jane Gillooly, 2013) and the suitcase of tapes he discovered
Q&A with filmmaker and Guggenheim Fellow Jane Gillooly (School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

11:59pm Midnight ShowThe Orgy at Lil’s Place (Jerald Intrator, 1963) 77’
introduced by  Eric Schaefer (Emerson College) 
+ a trailer for Fleshpot on 42nd Street (Andy Milligan, 1972)  

Saturday, Sept. 28  

9:00am Outtakes from . . . chair: Noelle Griffis
Noelle Griffis (IU) the Peter Bogdanovich Collection  
Nadia Ghasedi (Washington U) Eyes on the Prize, Henry Hampton Collection
Carolyn Faber (Kartemquin Films) The Interrupters (2011) and other Kartemquin Films  
Ken Eisenstein (Bucknell U) Dream, from Hollis Frampton’s Magellan cycle

11:00am  Off the Rails: Hell Bound Train chair: Brian Graney
Jacqueline Stewart (U of Chicago) Early Black Film Artifacts as Material Evidence
S. Torriano Berry (Howard U) Reconstructing/Resurrecting the Eloyce Gist Collection Film Fragments at the Library of Congress: Hell Bound Train (1929-30) and Verdict Not Guilty (1930-33)
Brian Graney (IU Black Film Center/Archive) Hell Bound Train: Tracking Preservation and Scholarship

2:00pm Kinsey Institute Film Archive chair: Russell Sheaffer (IU)
Liana Zhou (Kinsey Institute)  the challenges of working with stag films
Joseph Slade (Ohio U) Stag Film Audiences and Strictly Union (1919),
            film transfer courtesy of Pro8mm
Eric Schaefer (Emerson College) William Mishkin and The Orgy at Lil’s Place (1963)

3:45pm Recontextualizing Bits and Pieces chair: Dan Streible
Greg Wilsbacher on Indiana University Graduation (Fox Movietone News, 1929)  
Craig Kridel (U of South Carolina Museum of Education) Alice Keliher and the Human Relations Film Series (1937-1942)
Screening: a rare archival16mm print from the HR series:
Fury (lynching) (Human Relations Commission, 1939)
edited by Helen van Dongen
from Fritz Lang's Fury (MGM, 1936)
Andy Uhrich (IU) The Film Group of Chicago: Advertising Films and Verité Documentary  

5:30pm Closing Thoughts

6pm  reception +  dinner, IU Art Museum
    featuring Skip’s 16mm Silent Science Screening projected by Skip Elsheimer (A/V Geeks)

8:30pm Finale: Music in Orphan Films in the Indiana University Cinema

Curated by Kelli Hix (singer/songwriter, musician, and Curator of Moving Images at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

Anne Wells (Chicago Film Archives) Park Band (Hedman-Gray, Inc., ca. 1965) and “Close to You” by The Carpenters (David Strutzel, 1971)
Andrea J. Kelley (IU) Hong Kong Blues (Hoagy Carmichael, 1941) IU Archives of Traditional Music, 1941
Kelli Hix introduces Kincaid, on Makin’ Music (WBIR-TV, Knoxville, 1983) from Tennessee Archive of the Moving Image
and   a home movie of Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Hank Williams, Jr., and other country music stars in Anderson, Indiana (1971)
Lylas (Nashville, TN) providing musical accompaniment for Blanche’s Recital (Arthur H. Smith, 1977), presented by Andy Uhrich (Center for Home Movies)
Caroline Rubens (Appalshop) George Thompson: Street Cleaner (Mountain Community Television, Norton, Virginia, 1977)
Liz Coffey (Harvard Film Archive) Honky Tonk Bud (Scott Laster, 1986)
Asia Harman (IU Libraries Film Archive) Hoosier Promenade (Janet R. MacLean, IU Audio-Visual Center, 1957)
Jake Austen (Roctober Productions) Chic-A-Go-Go highlights (Chicago Access Network Television, 1996-2013)
Garden Gates (Bloomington, IN) performing live to the oceanographic films Sea Creatures (1974) and Challenge of the Oceans (1960), edited by Josephine McRobbie (IU)
Carolyn Faber (Kartemquin Films) Anonymous Artists of America (Gordon Quinn and Jerry Temaner, 1970)
Sara Chapman (Media Burn Independent Video Archive) Cheat-U-Fair (Columbia College Visual Production Seminar: Carl German, Thomas Phillips, Bruce Real, Scott Rosenthal, Marsha Rudak, Bob Schordje, and Al Stoncius; instructor Jim Passin, 1980)
Greg Pierce (The Orgone Archive) Sonambients: The Sound Sculpture of Harry Bertoia (Jeffrey Eger, 1971)
Kelli Hix home movie of Hank Williams III (PSU Film and Video, 2011)

A Place for Film, IU Cinema PODCAST no. 145

Indiana University Cinema ("a place for film...") on Youtube.  The video end of its A-V podcast.

Guests talking about orphan films: IU Libraries Film Archive director Rachael Stoeltje and IU student/staffer Josephine Elizabeth Joyce McRobbie (whose band, Garden Gates, is providing musical accompaniment to a piece she edited from the films Sea Creatures, 1974, and Challenge of the Oceans, 1960, found in the IUFLA collection).

Episode 145: the 2013 Orphan Film Symposium at IU Cinema (Sept 26-28).

Published on Sep 22, 2013 
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Sep 20, 2013

Material Connection: IU + NYU = Orphan Film|Video|Digital

The program for NYU’s 2012 Orphan Film Symposium noted the biennial gathering had morphed into a “collaborative year-round research and preservation initiative,” and hinted: “Plans are afoot for the Midwest and Europe.” When Rachael Stoeltje, representing Indiana University Libraries Film Archive, stepped forward at the final screening to introduce Chucky Lou: Story of a Woodchuck (IU Audio-Visual Center, 1948) she also announced what we had confirmed with Jon Vickers at Indiana University Cinema and Greg Waller, IU professor in Department of Communication and Culture’s Film and Media Studies Program: Bloomington would host a special alternate-year version of the symposia in 2013. This being the first Orphan Film event not held on the East or West Coast, the nickname “Orphans Midwest” stuck. Our theme, materiality, emerged when we gathered on campus with four more orphanistas. Archivist Brian Graney, a veteran of several symposiums, was now at IU’s Black Film Center/Archive. IU PhD students Andy Uhrich, Noelle Griffis, and Russell Sheaffer were co-producers of the 2010 Orphan Film Symposium while earning master’s degrees at NYU Cinema Studies.

Materiality has become a keyword for the study and use of moving images. The physical characteristics of film, magnetic tape, and digital files help define our movie experiences. The logistics of media migration, preservation, projection, storage, and retrieval require us to understand moving images as objects, not just expressive works. Watching Chucky Lou at last year’s Orphan Film Symposium reminded us of this fact. When the last replacement bulb in the 16mm projector gave up the ghost midway through the show, we quickly switched to IU Libraries streaming video to enjoy the storied rodent. Both the old print and the new file were available only because the university has made a commitment to preserving its legacy materials.

Chucky Lou

Sep 16, 2013

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