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Wednesday, March 28

University of South Carolina Newsfilm Library open house
2 - 4pm
Available to all who register for the symposium

A pre-Orphans film program, presented by
the USC History Department

Screening: 3 - 5:30 pm in the Russell House
George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire (2000)
Special Jury Prize Winner at the Sundance Film Festival.

Filmmakers discussion 7:30 pm,
Russell House Theater

Filmmakers Paul Stekler and Dan McCabe will be on hand to discuss their film, along with Dan T. Carter of the USC History Department, author of the Wallace biography The Politics of Rage. This free public screening is open to all symposium guests.

Thursday, March 29

8:00am - 10:00 am Registration
Registration packets should be picked up at the Adam's Mark Hotel.
Buses to the USC campus, Russell House Theater.

Welcome to "Orphans of the Storm II"
9:15 - 10:00 am
All events today in the USC Russell House Theater
Dr. John Palms, USC President

Preservation and Copyright
10:00 am - 11:45 am
Bill Morrison, "The Film of Howard Walls"
Ken Weissman, "Restoring Paper Print Films to 35mm"
Buckey Grimm, "Early Motion Picture Preservation Initiatives"
David Pierce, "Legal Limbo: How American Copyright Law Makes Orphan Films"

Paper Print actuality films in 35mm (1900-1910)
Fox Movietone footage of Howard Walls (1944)

11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Lunch in Preston Dining Hall, Russell House

Rescue Operations
12:45 - 2:15 pm
Alfred Leslie, "The Artistic 'Paraphrasing' of Lost Films"
Jonathan Rosenbaum, "The Rediscovery of Forugh Farrokhzad"
Alfred Leslie's Birth of a Nation 1965 (1965/1997)

2:15 - 2:30 pm Break

Películas Huérfanas de América Latina
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Ivo Sarría, (Cinemateca de Cuba / ICAIC) "Orphan Films from Cuba"
Gregorio Rocha, "Making The Lost Reels of Pancho Villa"
Charles Ramírez Berg, "El Automóvil Gris: Early Mexican Cinema's transition to fiction "

Hotel and dinner break; Bus returns to Adam's Mark.
Bus from Adam's Mark to Russell House theater starting at 7:30pm.

An evening with Charles Burnett
8:00 pm - 10:45, Russell House Theater
made possible by the Visiting Artist Program,
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Killer of Sheep (1977)
a new restoration by UCLA Film and Television Archive
followed by discussion

Buses return to Adam's Mark hotel.






Friday, March 30

8 - 9 am Buses from Adam's Mark to Russell House

European Documents
9:00 - 11:00 am

Bjørn Sørenssen, "Travel Films in Norway: The Persistence of the 'View' Aesthetic"
Christel Taillibert, "State Ideology in Educational Films: Comparing Itineraries in France and Italy in the 1920s"
Charles Musser "Presenting Africa: Paul Robeson and My Song Goes Forth" (UK, 1935)

11:00 - 11:15 am Break

Amateur Films for the Dutch East Indies, 1912-1937
11:15 - 12:15 pm

presented by Nico de Klerk, Netherlands Filmmuseum

12:15 - 1:15 pm Lunch in Preston Dining Hall, Russell House

Orphaned Aspects of Classical Hollywood
1:15 - 3:00 pm

Mary Desjardins (Dartmouth College),"'Gone With the Wind?': Ephemera, Material Culture, and Film Studies"
Gregory A. Waller, "Orphans on Display: Local Movie Exhibition in the 1920s and 30s."
Dana F. White and Matthew Bernstein, "Theater Location and Community Building: A Geography of Racial Entrepreneurship and Urban Development in Black Atlanta, 1914-1936."

3:00 - 3:15 pm Break

Music for Silent Documentaries and Newsfilm
3:15 - 3:45 pm

Performance, screening and talk by Martin Marks, for the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Treasures of American Film Archives DVD

stretch break

Screening: Women Aviators of the Silent Era, 1927-1929
3:45 - 4:30 pm

Debut screening of the USC Newsfilm Library's newly-preserved Movietone footage (+ early sound newsfilm), which was the recipient of a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation. Live piano music performed by Martin Marks

Roundtable discussion on women aviator films
4:30 - 5:45pm

moderated by Susan Courtney, USC Film Studies, with responses by:
Patricia Gilmartin (University of South Carolina, Geography & Women's Sudies)
Angela Dalle Vacche (Emory University)
Jane Gaines (Women Film Pioneers Project)
Antonia Lant (New York University)
Amelie Hastie (University of California Santa Cruz)
Jeff Lambert (National Film Preservation Foundation)

Buses return to Adam's Mark Hotel for break.

7:30 pm
stroll to dinner; The Columbia Museum of Art
live music by The Legacy Duo

8:30 - 10:30, Museum auditorium
Ron Mann,
SXSWX8 (2001), test projection films
Rick Prelinger,
films from "Our Secret Century"
Jeffrey Sconce,
"Films from the Lucas Basement"


Saturday, March 31

8:00 - 9:00 am buses from Adam's Mark to Russell House

Larry Urbanski of Moviecraft, Inc.
8:45 am -10 am
16mm film prints of rare television series from the 1950s
Cavalcade of America and The Big Attack! (1956)

10:00 10:15 am Coffee Break

Early Television
10:15 am -12:00 pm

Lynn Spigel, "Television at the Museum of Modern Art, 1948-1955"
Barbara Selznick, "Chicago TV's Portrait of America" (1949)
Mark J. Williams, "Los Angeles Television in the late 1940s"

Lunch 12:00 1:00 pm Preston Dining Hall, Russell House

Amateur Film
1:00 - 2:45 pm

Melinda Stone, "For the Love of It: California Amateur Film Clubs"
Karen Glynn, "Mississippi Mule Race Movies"
Andrea McCarty, "Making The Movie Queen"

Break 2:45 3:00 pm

Small-Gauge Selection Criteria
3:00 -3:30 pm

Patrick Loughney, "National Film Registry and Small-Gauge Cinema"

Screening: My Father's Camera (2000), introduced by Karen Shopsowitz (National Film Board of Canada)
3:30 - 4:45 pm

Roundtable Discussion: Less than 16mm? The Value of Home Movies?
4:45 - 6:00 pm
Respondents: Grover Crisp, Carolyn Faber, William T. Murphy, Eric Schaefer, Dwight Swanson, Alan Lewis, Susan Korda, Patricia Zimmermann. Open discussion to audience, Q&A.

Buses return to Adam's Mark Hotel

Orphan Pot Luck in Adam's Mark ballroom
7:00 pm til...

Buffet Dinner served 7 - 8pm
Cash Bar

Live music by Bill Wells and the Bluegrass Boys, followed by an evening of improvised small-gauge film presentations.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a short film or videotape they would like others to see in this informal setting!

Bring your own projectors if you want. Several viewing areas will be set up, with 8mm, Super8, 16mm and VHS video projectors available for presentations. Mix and mingle with your drink and dessert and music and glorious movies from home, or wherever...

Email us your ideas and questions so we can begin to put together the program.








Sunday, April 1, 2001

Post-Orphans: events of interest to all, open to all.

The Capitol One Room (reserved 9am - 12 noon)

Visible Evidence "8 1/2":
10:00 am
An open meeting of the organization "Visible Evidence," an international scholarly collective devoted to the study and practices of non-fiction film and video. The group organizes annual conferences and publishes the Visible Evidence books series with the University of Minnesota Press.

Serve yourself your continental breakfast, then join in this informal informational meeting.

Discussion led by Jane Gaines and Patricia Zimmermann of Visible Evidence.
A post-mortem analysis of Orphans II.
A preview of Visible Evidence IX, an upcoming documentary film and video conference in Australia.

The Cedar Bar (2001)
, a new film by Alfred Leslie.
Filmmaker Alfred Leslie will introduce and discuss his new feature work. A 100-minute production mixing hundreds of pieces of found footage with a staged reading of his original play "The Cedar Bar." Set in the legendary Cedar Tavern, the narrative is set on a single night in 1957. Critic Clement Greenberg encounters artists Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler and others. Original music and songs by Alfred Leslie and jazz legend David Amram.

A not-to-be-missed sneak preview (a virtual world premiere) of Alfred Leslie's first film release in over thirty years

Location and Time:
The Nickelodeon Theater, at 3:00 p.m.
937 S. Main Street (on the south side of the State House / capitol building)

The Cedar Bar runs approx. 100 mins.

Sponsored by the Columbia Film Society and USC Department of Art.