May 10, 2013

The Archive Goes to "Orphans" | UCLA Film & Television Archive


On May 10 & 11, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the NYU Orphan Film Symposium will present, "The Real Indies: A Close Look at Orphan Films," at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

UCLA Film & Television Archive hosted the 2011 iteration of this always fascinating event and several Archive staff members will participate on Saturday, May 11:

  •  Jan-Christopher Horak, Director, will explore the realm of corporate film, presenting two rarely-seen works from noted graphic designer and filmmaker Saul Bass: "A New Look for the Bell System," a branding film for Bell Telephone, and "From Here to There," Bass' take on modern air travel
  • Mark Quigley, Manager, Archive Research & Study Center, will present Hey Mama (1968), a cinéma vérité documentary by UCLA student Vaughn Obern (MFA '12) that was shot over the course of six months in Venice, California's primarily African American district, Oakwood
  • Todd Wiener, Motion Picture Archivist, will screen footage of an early Hollywood Gay Pride Parade from our collection of films by renowned gay activist, Pat Rocco

Hey Mama

As Quigley says, "With the Orphan Film Project, Dan Streible has created a dynamic forum where culturally and historically significant moving images from outside of the Hollywood production mainstream are warmly embraced for rediscovery.  Because of this forum, the value of countless otherwise forgotten films, from student works to industrials, has been recognized––and that's led to new audiences, new academic work, and in many cases, new film restoration projects."

Also of note, May 10 will see a new print of filmmaker Shirley Clarke's Portrait of Jason (1967), recently restored by the Academy Film Archive and Milestone Films.  Clarke was a former UCLA professor and UCLA Film & Television Archive has restored several of her works, including Ornette: Made in America (1985)The Connection (1961) and Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel with the World (1963).

There is vast body of film outside of the Hollywood mainstream waiting to be rediscovered, and this event provides a compelling and entertaining introduction.  Quigley continues, "We can learn a lot about ourselves from looking beyond Hollywood representations, and for this reason, the ongoing discovery, presentation and preservation of "orphan" works is increasingly recognized as a crucial activity for the film archive community."

For more information on the event and how to get tickets, please visit the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

: Dan 
(917) 754-1401

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