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.