The Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program (MIAP) at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts will present the 7th Orphan Film Symposium at the SVA Theatre in New York City, April 7 - 10. The symposium is entitled, "Moving Images Around the World," and is being touted as something between an academic conference and a film festival, showcasing new works, newly restored prints and archival finds.
Since its inception at the University of South Carolina in 1999, the OFS, under the direction of Dan Streible, has become a destination summit for those interested in the study, preservation and exhibition of "orphan" works--motion pictures abandoned by their owner or maker. This includes silent films, commissioned pieces, independent films, industrials, avant-garde work, home movies, ads, etc. More than 70 presenters from 16 countries will meet in New York to exhibit 80 works dating from 1894 (!) to 2010. Highlights include:
Gustav Deutsch's Film ist. a Girl and a Gun (2009), a narrative collage constructed using fragments from several European film archives, as well as the Kinsey Institute.
The premiere of a new restoration by Anthology Film Archives of the independent documentary from 1959, The Cry of Jazz, with filmmaker, Edward O. Bland.
The first film by Henri Cartier-Bresson from 1938, With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain, presumed lost until it was recently discovered in NYU's Tamiment Library.
The premiere of a never-released film called The Velvet Underground Rehearses from 1965, shot by Danny Williams shortly before he disappeared.
A rare program made for British TV from 1955, Orson Welles' Sketch Book, from the Munich Film Museum. And much more.
This year's Helen Hill Award, named in honor of the late animator, will go to filmmakers, Danielle Ash and Jodie Mack, both of whom will present recent works. Go here for more information on the program and to purchase advance tickets.