Building upon the enthusiastic response to its inaugural film symposium ("Orphans of the Storm," September 23-25, 1999), the University of South Carolina is hosting a second symposium on the preservation, study, and use of "orphan films." How does the preservation of orphan films enhance our understanding of the 20th century? What does the world's moving-image archive tell us about these years? How might the varieties of orphan films document this movie-made century? What histories -- official or unofficial, secret or forgotten, traditional or revisionist -- are to be made from the likes of home movies, outtakes, newsreels, silent cinema, experimental works, stock footage, educational films, government productions, amateur footage, kinescopes, industrials, travelogues, and all manner of independent documentaries?
Again the USC Film Library and the FilmStudies Program bring together an eclectic mix of moving image archivists, cinema scholars, and filmmakers who work with orphaned material. Selected speakers, including Paul Stekler, Susan Korda, Alfred Leslie, and Charles Burnett will lead three days of presentations, screenings, and discussion.
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