The biannual Orphan Film Symposium is an international gathering of preservationists, historians, curators, and artists who work with neglected cinema artifacts. A forum for advocates of underappreciated but significant films, the symposium now coordinates new preservation through its year-round Orphan Film Project at New York University. For this MoMA program, Dan Streible, the founder and director of Orphans, has chosen seven short films to represent each of the seven Orphan Film Symposia that have taken place thus far. The selection, which he will introduce, features two rediscoveries, both from NYU’s Tamiment Library: Henri Cartier-Bresson’s first film, With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain (1938), narrated by curator-historian Juan Salas; and The Passaic Textile Strike (1926). Other found treasures include A Trip Down Market Street (1906), from the famed Prelinger Archives; two 1928 outtakes from the Fox Movietone News collection at the University of South Carolina, in which Will Hays, Tom Mix, John Ford, and Frank Borzage meet “Leon Trotsky”; and Helen Hill’s animated short Scratch and Crow (1995), which was recently named to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Eighth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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