Orphan Film Symposium

From their site: “What is an orphan film?
Narrowly defined, it’s a motion picture abandoned by its owner or caretaker. More generally, the term refers to all manner of films outside of the commercial mainstream: public domain materials, home movies, outtakes, unreleased films, industrial and educational movies, independent documentaries, ethnographic films, newsreels, censored material, underground works, experimental pieces, silent-era productions, stock footage, found footage, medical films, kinescopes, small- and unusual-gauge films, amateur productions, surveillance footage, test reels, government films, advertisements, sponsored films, student works, and sundry other ephemeral pieces of celluloid (or paper or glass or tape or . . . ).”

Started at the University of South Carolina¬†and now sponsored by the Cinema Studies department of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, film historian Dan Streible’s¬†Orphan Film Symposium meets biennially to discuss the preservation and study of film without copyright.

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