The 11th Orphan Film Symposium will be held April 11-14 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York. Presented by New York University’s Department of Cinema Studies and its Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, the event brings together scholars, archivists, curators, media artists, preservationists, and collectors. Orphan works will be screened and presented, including four films preserved through NFPF funding.
Laserimage (1972), Ivan Dryer’s celluloid forerunner to his Laserium light show, was preserved by New York University.
Blackie the Wonder Horse Swims the Golden Gate (1938), a newsreel story covering the Wonder Horse’s legendary transbay swim from Marin to San Francisco, was preserved by the San Francisco Media Archive and is part of “A Screening in Tribute to Stephen Parr and His Oddball Films.”
Behind Every Good Man (ca.1967), preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive, is a documentary short about the experiences of an African-American trans woman in Los Angeles.
Cupid in Quarantine (1918), a comedy about a young couple conspiring to stay together by faking smallpox, is one of several dozen films returned to the U.S. through the NFPF’s project with the EYE Filmmuseum in the Netherlands. Its preservation was funded by contributions from the 2015 edition of “‘For the Love of Film’: The Film Preservation Blogathon.” Music will be provided by Stephen Horne. The theme of the 2018 Orphan Film Symposium is “Love,” so Cupid should fit right in.