Orson Welles: A Centennial Celebration and Symposium


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orson_welles_iconOrson Welles: A Centennial Celebration and Symposium

Orson Welles

April 29 - May 3, 2015

Presented by The Media School at Indiana University, IU Libraries, and Indiana University Cinema.

May 6, 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of actor, writer, producer and director Orson Welles. There will be numerous celebrations of this date at cinemas and institutions worldwide. Indiana University will host one of the most significant collections of scholars, writers, filmmakers and archivists who have been key figures in in the scholarship surrounding Welles' work. Registration includes one ticket to each of the screenings and special events between April 29 and May 3.

Registration is now open!

This 4-day symposium will include keynote addresses, academic sessions, paper presentations, a major exhibit of Welles materials, evening special presentations featuring introductions and discussions with guest scholars, filmmakers and archivists, tours of IU’s facilities and collections, and social events. The conference schedule can be found here. Confirmed guests include:

  • Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • Joseph McBride
  • James Naremore
  • Chuck Workman
  • Patrick McGilligan
  • Marguerite Rippy
Indiana University libraries, centers and institutes are home to over 80,000 items in 8mm, 16mm or 35mm film prints and hundreds of thousands of film-related press materials, posters, memorabilia and correspondence.

Included are the Orson Welles Collection in the Lilly Library, which will be the focus of the Library's spring exhibit. The materials in this collection number about 20,000 items and pertain to Welles' activities on radio, stage, and film as well as to his personal and political life.

Complementing the main Welles Collection are the papers of George Fanto, Welles’s cameraman on It’s All True and Othello, and L. Arnold Weissberger, Welles’ personal attorney. Over a dozen collections at the Lilly Library contain materials pertaining to Orson Welles, as well as individually catalogued screenplays and press kits of films directed by or starring Welles.

Partnering IU departments and units for the symposium include the IU Libraries, The Media School, Film and Media Studies, Black Film Center/Archive, Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive, Indiana University Cinema, Media Preservation Initiative Task Force and Lilly Library. Special thanks to the College Arts and Humanities Institute and Professor Barbara Klinger.



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