Celebrating Orphan Films

Assorted images from "Celebrating Orphan Films"UCLA Film & Television Archive, New York University’s Orphan Film Symposium, and Los Angeles Filmforum present “Celebrating Orphan Films” on May 13 and May 14 2011 in Los Angeles, at the Billy Wilder Theater. The event including screenings of and discussions about 40 seldom-seen films.

The presentations are part of the Orphan Film Project, an ongoing collaboration among archivists, lab and technology experts, scholars, filmmakers, curators, and collectors with a shared passion for saving and screening neglected films from outside the commercial mainstream: home movies, outtakes, news film, sponsored works, silent-era cinema, fragments and experimental films.

Among the selections are Light Cavalry Girl, a Chinese propaganda film featuring a troupe of young women on motorcycles; home movies, circa 1920, found in New Hampshire, and projected on an authentic 1918 motor-driven Pathéscope New Premier 28mm projector; three 1960s UCLA student film including one shot by Jim Morrison, later of the Doors; and Ron and Chuck in Disneyland Discovery (1969), a queer courtship narrative covertly filmed in Disneyland by pioneer filmmaker Pat Rocco.

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