NYWIFT members are invited to The Real Indies - A Close Look at Orphan Films, featuring several titles preserved by NYWIFT's Women's Film Preservation Fund and the special program: Pioneering Women. The event is being presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, New York University and the Orphan Film Symposium and takes place on October 31st and November 1st.
Friday, 10/31, 7:30 PM
Spider Baby (80 mins., restored by the Academy Film Archive, 35mm)
New York Restoration Premiere, introduced by Jack Hill and hosted by indie-horror filmmaker William Lustig.
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Saturday, November 1st at 10 AM
Program: Pioneering Women
Two films by and about women, marking their contributions to the emergence of film culture throughout the 20th century, including Make Out, preserved with a grant from NYWIFT's Women's Film Preservation Fund and the Academy-nominated film The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter. Antonia Lant (NYU Cinema Studies) will moderate a discussion among the following speakers after the screening.
Academy Film Preservationist Heather Linville will discuss her work preserving the films of intrepid explorer Aloha Wanderwell Baker, who documented her automobile expeditions on four continents during the 1920s. Linville’s presentation will examine the extraordinary life of “the world’s most widely travelled girl,” as well as review the recent donation of additional material from Baker’s estate and screen newly preserved films not widely seen in over half a century.
Susan Lazarus, founding member of the Women's Film Preservation Fund Committee, will introduce the Newsreel collective production Make Out (1970, 5 mins.) The film, conceived by Geri Ashur, depicts the inner thoughts of a young woman during a make-out session in an automobile and raises questions of gender politics that abounded during the early second wave women’s movement.
In 1996, the Library of Congress named Connie Field’s documentary The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980, 65 mins, DCP) to the National Film Registry, and now the Academy Film Archive has preserved it. Director Field will introduce her historic documentary and describe her process in interviewing hundreds of “Rosies” and selecting the five featured in the final film.
Lisa Crafts, whose film Glass Gardens, also preserved by the WFPF, which will be featured in the afternoon program, Altered Reality, will speak about her films and her preservation efforts.
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Saturday, November 1st at 2pm
Program: Altered Reality
A session of experimental films including the WFPF preserved Coney by Frank and Caroline Mouris and Glass Gardens by Lisa Crafts. Filmmakers will be in attendance. Films include:
Necrology (Standish Lawder, 1970, 12 mins., 16mm, preserved by the Academy Film Archive) – One long, continuous shot of commuters riding the escalator in Grand Central Station. Shown in reverse, the covertly shot film features a cascade of impatient faces and a biting satire of the New York City work ethic. Presenter: Frank Mouris.
Coney (Frank and Caroline Mouris, 1975, 5 mins., 16mm, preserved by Frank and Caroline Mouris with funding from the Women's Film Preservation Fund) – Gives a personal and impressionistic response to a year in Coney Island using time-lapse photography and pixilation. Presenters: Filmmakers Frank and Caroline Mouris.
Organic Afghan (Bill Brand, 1969, 4 mins., 16mm) – Although made 45 years ago at Antioch College, Brand's first 16mm film has never been screened in public. A newly-struck print reveals the color-rich palette used in this tabletop animation of clay and crocheted objects, accompanied by an original guitar score by Ray Goldstein and Nick Katzman. Presenters: Archivist Pamela Vizner (BB Optics) and Emily Nabasny (NYU MIAP) .
Running Around Like A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off (Les Blank, 1960, 4 mins., 16mm, preserved by the Academy Film Archive) – The premiere of the restoration of Les Blank's first film, an homage to Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal, the 1957 film that inspired Blank to become a filmmaker. Presenter: Heather Linville (Academy Film Archive).
Blue Moon (Jeanne Liotta, 1988, 3 mins., 16mm, preserved by BB Optics and NYU's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program.) – The filmmaker calls her first film "erratic, erotic, arrhythmic lunar trauma." Scratched and bleached Super 8 footage poetically wed to a nonsynchronous soundtrack.
Presenter: Filmmaker Jeanne Liotta.
Glass Gardens (Lisa Crafts, 1982, 5 mins., 16mm, preserved through the Women's Film Preservation Foundation) – Using a variety of special effects and experimental techniques, this film illustrates the role that creativity plays in the life of a woman surrounded by desolation and ruin. Presenter: Filmmaker Lisa Crafts.
Bedtime Story (Esther Shatavsky, 1981, 6 mins., 35mm) – A collage masterpiece made as much from splicing tape as it is from celluloid. Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with the support of the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Presenters: Andrew Lampert and John Klacsmann (Anthology Film Archives).
Outerborough (Bill Morrison, 2005, 9 mins., 35mm) – Bill Morrison's neo-travelogue utilizes footage from 1899 of a trolley traveling over the Brooklyn Bridge. The zig-zagging lines of the bridge create a beautifully hypnotic voyage between the boroughs in the late 1800s. Presenter: Filmmaker Bill Morrison. Live violin accompaniment by Todd Reynolds.
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Saturday, November 1st at 6:00 PM
Program: Visions of New York
Few cities photograph as beautifully as the Big Apple. The Real Indies’ evening program takes a look at how New York City has been captured through the years by showcasing lost newsreel footage, short documentaries, promotional material, animated shorts and under-appreciated treasures.
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