Mar 21, 2010

DVD Sampler of Orphan Films

Three students graduating from the NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation master's program in six weeks -- Stefan Elnabli, Walter Forsberg, and Jonah Volk -- have produced a DVD.  It's a fully outfitted production, with liner notes, nice graphic design, finest film-to-video transfer, preservation notes, original scores, and commentary tracks.

This Orphan Film Sampler will be given to attendees at the rapidly upcoming 7th Orphan Film Symposium, which commences April 7th. It's not a collection of items from this year's symposium, but an assortment of films shown at past symposiums, alongside orphaned works not showcased before.

Here's the list of 11 entries:

 • The Passaic Textile Strike, reel 5 (International Workers Aid, 1926)
Jenkins Orphanage Band (Fox Movietone News, 1928)
World's Youngest Acrobat (Hearst Metrotone/Fox Movietone, 1929)
Tales from Tamiment (Louis W. Kellman, for the Rand School of Social Science's Camp Tamiment, ca. 1932)
Berlin Olympics home movies (unknown, 1936)
With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain (Henri Cartier-Bresson with Herbert Klein, 1938)
NYU Surveillance Film of 3/6/68 Dow Chemical Demonstration (NYU Campus Security, 1968)
 • Ro-Revus Talks About Worms (South Carolina ETV, 1971)
 • [New Year's Eve at CBGB's] (Amos Poe, ca. 1978) 
 • let's just kiss + say goodbye (Robert Blanchon, 1995)
 • Homage to H. Lee Waters (Bill Brand and Julia Nicoll, 2004)

 The DVD will not be sold.  In fact, no money changed hands in the compilation and production of these orphan films -- thanks to the generosity of Colorlab, Broadway Video, NYU Libraries (University Archives, Fales Library, Tamiment Library, and the Preservation & Conservation Department), South Carolina ETV, the University of South Carolina Moving Image Research Collections, Library of Congress, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, CPUSA, Amos Poe, NYU Steinhardt Music Program in Film Scoring, and the Tisch School of the Arts/Cinema Studies.