The University of South Carolina Film Studies Program hosts its 5th
symposium on the preservation, study and use of “orphan films.”
Orphans 5 focuses on neglected media artifacts related to science,
industry and education. These categories are broadly conceived, with
presentations on industrial filmmaking, the role of cinematography
in the history of science, moving images of industries, classroom
movies, uses of media for an array of educational ends (political
campaigns, news, training), formats developed for nontheatrical films,
nature documentaries, the history of technology, and scientific and
technological developments in film and media preservation.
The Orphan Film Symposium brings together an eclectic mix of moving
image archivists, cinema and media scholars, preservation experts,
curators, and filmmakers who work with orphaned material. Speakers
lead three days and four nights of presentations, screenings and discussion,
but all registrants are encouraged to participate in the discussion.
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5 also features presentations made possible by the National
Film Preservation Foundation and a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation. Rick Prelinger leads a team of archivists and scholars
preparing Industrial and Institutional Films:
A Field Guide, an NFPF publication coming in fall 2006.
information, contact Dan Streible