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)