Aug 5, 2014

Orphans X ||: Sound (2016) Days on Mount Pony; nights on Main Street.

Orphans X  ||:  Sound

NYU convenes the
10th Orphan Film Symposium 
at the
Library of Congress
Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation

and the State Theatre
Culpeper, Virginia
April 6-9, 2016

The theme: sound. Orphans 10 will concentrate on the sonic dimensions of all manner of neglected film and video material, as well as image-less recorded sound works. Music (as always) is of special interest, but also all other sounds: voice, effects, noise, mixes, tracks, scratches -- and silence. Listening to orphan films will involve a wide spectrum of voices, including theorists, historians, archivists, technical experts, preservationists, librarians, media artists, musicians, accompanists, deejays, producers, distributors, curators, collectors, composers, cloud managers, creative repurposers, copyright mavens, critics, researchers, teachers, students, and media scholars. 

A formal call for presentations will be issued in 2015. Meanwhile, save the dates. Orphans 10 will feature the symposium's characteristic (and catered) combination of screenings, talks, and performances. Dozens of speakers will present rare, revived, and restored audiovisual material during the 4 nights and 3 days.

Daytime sessions in the Library's Packard Campus Theater (viz.):

Evening screenings at the renovated State Theatre of Culpeper, a 1938 vaudeville and movie house, re-opened in 2013 as a nonprofit facility for film and performing arts (viz.): 

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The Orphan Film Symposium will be one of many beneficiaries of the partnership among the Town of Culpeper, the State Theatre, and the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center -- epitomized by this public art project, Reel LOVE. Local artist Roque Castro built the sculpture in 2012 using metal 35mm film reels recycled from discarded LOC matériel.

First sight of Culpeper upon stepping out of the CLP train depot.


The content of Orphans 10 will be drawn from collections and objects from around the world. Naturally, however, with the unique opportunity to convene at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation, the symposium affords an opportunity to learn about all that the LOC Division of Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound does. In addition to the Moving Image Section of MBRS, the symposium's theme calls our attention to the Recorded Sound Collection.  An introduction to these millions of recordings is online at the Library's website SONIC -- Sound Online Inventory and Catalog.

The confluence of film, video, digital, and audio media is also evident in the recently launched NAVCC blog, "Now See Hear!"

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The 2016 Orphan Film Symposium is a production of New York University Tisch School of the Arts / Department of Cinema Studies and the master's program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP).