Orphans Midwest Schedule of Events


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Orphans Midwest Schedule of Events

  1. Thursday, September 26, 2013 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 26

Pre-Conference: Placing Orphan Films
9:00am-5:00pm / Dogwood Room, Indiana Memorial Union
A full day of presentations examining how new categorizations are affecting media studies, organized by SCMS's Nontheatrical Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group. Led by Martin Johnson (Catholic University) Amanda Keeler (Marquette University), and Andy Uhrich (Indiana University).

8:00am-9:00am Coffee and Pastries

9:00am-10:15am Category Problems
Luke Stadel (Northwestern University) Placing “Scientific” Cinema in the Pre-Nickelodeon Era
Dave Sagehorn (Northwestern University) Amateur Adjacent and Nearly Orphaned: Complications in Categorization
Ashley R. Smith (Northwestern University) Recurring Nightmares: The Shifting Ephemerality of “Exclusive” Serial Killer Interviews in America’s “Wound Culture”

10:15am-10:30am Break

10:30am-12:00pm Toward a Historiography of Film’s Productive Forces, via Twin Cities Archives
Matt Levine (University of Minnesota) Films that Teach: Audio-Visual Education Services ● Rachel Schaff (University of Minnesota) Tracing the Archival Function: Home Movies, Amateur Films and the Institution
Anaïs Nony (University of Minnesota) Walter Breckenridge and the Educational Nature Film of the 1950s
Jen Hughes (University of Minnesota) Media Ethnography in Practice: Sadie Benning, the Walker Art Center, and Social Capital in the Film Archive

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch / On your own

1:00pm-1:30pm Screening

1:30PM-2:30pm Orphan Geographies
Ben Strassfeld (University of Michigan) Local Orphans: Examining the Local through Detroit Newsreels
Nate Brennan (New York University) Orphan Films or Prisoners of War? The Use of Captured Enemy Motion Pictures as Evidence and Intelligence during World War II

2:30pm-2:45pm Break

2:45pm-4:00pm Future Directions
Ashley Blewer and Travis Wagner (University of South Carolina) Un-Caging the Orphan: What Intersectionality Can Teach Us about the Educational Role of Orphan Works
Brian Real (University of Maryland) Orphan Films and Digital Humanities: Bad Metadata as a Barrier to Good Research
Kit Hughes (University of Wisconsin - Madison) “It’s the Pictures that Got Small”: Incorporating Video in the Orphans Movement

4:00pm-4:15pm Break

4:15pm to 4:45pm Closing Thoughts

Opening Reception
6:30pm-8:30pm / IU Auditorium

World Premiere - Bill Morrison's All Vows
Films for Cello: Bill Morrison & Maya Beiser

8:30pm / IU Cinema
Presented by filmmaker Bill Morrison with live performance by cello virtuoso and Opus 3 artist Maya Beiser.

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Friday, Sept. 27

Welcome Address
9:00am-9:15am / IU Cinema
Orphans Midwest trailer (Russell Sheaffer, 2013)
Rachael Stoeltje (IU Libraries Film Archive), Jon Vickers (IU Cinema), Dan Streible (NYU Orphan Film Symposium)
Keynote Address
9:15am-10:00am / IU Cinema
Presenter: Tom Gunning (University of Chicago)

Session: Silent-Era Films
10:00am-11:30am / IU Cinema
Chair: Dan Streible (New York University)
Mike Mashon (Library of Congress, Head of Moving Image Section) Paper Prints in the DataCine Era
Dan Streible (NYU) Versions of “Films”: Kinetoscopic and Digital
Heddi Vaughan Siebel (media artist) Anthony Fiala’s Arctic Expedition Films, 1901-1905 + A Dash For the North Pole (Charles Urban, 1909). 35mm, BFI National Archive.
Greg Wilsbacher (University of South Carolina) The Fox Varieties Series: Frogland (192?) and the unreleased A Frontier Post (1925)

Session: Media Migration
11:45am-1:15pm / IU Cinema
Chair: Jeff Martin (Independent Media Arts Preservation)
Michael Casey (Media Preservation Initiative, Indiana University) The Indiana University Media Preservation Initiative
Stefan Elnabli (Northwestern University) The Wildcats 16mm Football Film Collection (1929-89): Digitization and Access
Mona Jimenez (NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program) Free Floating TV: Custom Video Instruments of the 1970s

1:15-2:30pm / Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center

Session: Educational Films and University Distribution
2:30-4:15pm / IU Cinema
Chair: Rachael Stoeltje (Indiana University)
Marsha Gordon (North Carolina State University) and Allyson Nadia Field (UCLA) On Felicia (Alan Gorg, Bob Dickson, and Trevor Greenwood, 1965)
Natasha Ritsma (Kenyon College) History of the Indiana University Audio-Visual Center
Alex Kupfer (New York University) History of University Extension Programs and as Nontheatrical Film Producers and Distributors

Indiana – Working for a Living 4:30pm-6:30pm / IU Cinema
Chair: Gregory A. Waller (Indiana University)
Gregory A. Waller (Indiana University) amateur footage of farm and apple orchard, Hickory Hill, Indiana (ca. 1930) musical accompaniment by Jason Fickel
James Paasche (Indiana University) on Transportation Underground: The Story of a Pipeline (Robert Young, for Indiana Farm Bureau Co-Op Association, 1953)
Donald Crafton (University of Notre Dame) and Andrew Beckman (Studebaker National Museum) Partnership of Faith (1949, Studebaker Corp.)

6:30-8:30pm / On your own

Friday Premieres and Filmmakers
Portmanteau: 35mm, 16mm, and ¼”
8:30pm / IU Cinema
Host: Dan Streible (New York University)
● Kit Hughes (Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research) trailers from the Emile de Antonio Collection: Millhouse: A White Comedy (1971) and the German-language Point of Order (1964) ● Greg Wilsbacher (University of South Carolina) introducing A Frontier Post (1925) with new original score by Gabriel Gutierrez Arellano
Jennifer Reeves introducing Landfill 16 (2011)
Albert Steg (Center for Home Movies) introducing Suitcase of Love and Shame (Jane Gillooly, 2013)
● Q&A with filmmaker and Guggenheim Fellow Jane Gillooly (School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

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Screening: The Orgy at Lil’s Place (Jerald Intrator, 1963)
11:59pm / IU Cinema

Eric Schaefer (Emerson College) introduces William Mishkin productions The Orgy at Lil’s Place, (Jerald Intrator, 1963) 77’ + trailer for Fleshpot on 42nd Street (Andy Milligan, 1972) 2’

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Saturday, Sept. 28

Session: Outtakes from...
9:00am-11:00am / IU Cinema
Chair: Noelle Griffis (Indiana University)
Noelle Griffis (Indiana University) The Peter Bogdanovich Collection, Indiana University Lilly Library
Nadia Ghasedi (Washington University) Eyes on the Prize, Henry Hampton Collection
Carolyn Faber (Kartemquin Films) The Interrupters (2011) and other selections from Kartemquin
Ken Eisenstein (Bucknell University), A Dream (ca. 1974) from Hollis Frampton’s Unfinished Magellan Cycle

Off the Rails: Hell Bound Train
11:15am-12:45pm / IU Cinema
Chair: Brian Graney (Indiana University)
Jacqueline Stewart (U of Chicago) Early Black Film Artifacts as Material Evidence
S. Torriano Berry (Howard University) Reconstructing the Eloyce Gist Film Collection Fragments at the Library of Congress: Hell Bound Train (1929-30) and Verdict Not Guilty (1930-33)
Brian Graney (IU Black Film Center/Archive) Hell Bound Train: Tracking Preservation and Scholarship

12:45-2:00pm / on your own

Session: The Kinsey Institute Film Archive
2:00pm-3:30pm / IU Cinema
Chair: Russell Sheaffer (Indiana University)
Liana Zhou (The Kinsey Institute) on the research opportunities and institutional challenges of working with stag films
Joseph Slade (Ohio University) Stag Film, Audiences, and Strictly Union (1919) film transfer courtesy of Pro8mm
Eric Schaefer (Emerson College) William Mishkin and The Orgy at Lil’s Place (1963)

Session: Curatorial Challenges: Contextualizing and Recontextualizing Bits and Pieces
3:45pm-5:15pm / IU Cinema
Chair: Dan Streible (New York University)
Greg Wilsbacher (University of South Carolina) Indiana University Graduation (Fox Movietone News, 1929)
Craig Kridel (University of South Carolina) Alice Keliher and the Human Relations Film Series (1937-1942). Screening: a rare archival 16mm print from the HR series: Fury (lynching) (Human Relations Commission, 1939), edited by Helen van Dongen, from Fritz Lang's Fury (MGM, 1936)
Andy Uhrich (Indiana University) The Film Group of Chicago: Advertising Films and Verité Documentary

Closing Thoughts and Discussion
5:30pm-6:00pm / IU Cinema
Reception and Dinner
6:00pm-8:30pm / IU Art Museum
● Featuring Skip's Silent Science Screening presented by Skip Elsheimer (A/V Geeks) with live music by DJ Jonny Yuma

An Evening of Music in Orphan Films 8:30pm-11:00pm / IU Cinema
Session Leader: Kelli Hix
Participants: Andrea J. Kelley, Asia Harman, Anne Wells, Carolyn Faber, Greg Pierce, Josephine McRobbie, Andy Uhrich, Sara Chapman, TAMIS, Liz Coffey, Jake Austen
An evening of musical wonders captured on films from regional archives and private collections, curated by archivist and musician Kelli Hix (Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.)
● Live musical improvisation from the bands Lylas and Garden Gates will accompany silent and sound films selected from various archives.

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