The Reel Thing; conference about new developments surrounding conservation and restoration

30 March 2017

EYE International Conference 2017 presents The Reel Thing, from Saturday May 27 to Tuesday May 30, 2017. Founded and curated by Grover Crisp and Michael Friend, The Reel Thing addresses current thinking and most advanced practical examples in the field of preservation, restoration and media conservation, and creates an international common ground for discussion and evaluation.

The Reel Thing has been presented all across the United States, as well as Europe and South America, since its inception in 1994.

The Reel Thing at EYE Filmmuseum will be a three-day program bringing together a unique line-up of laboratory technicians, academics, archivists, new media technologists and preservationists. The Reel Thing includes technical presentations and special screenings of restored films.
The Reel Thing attendees include representatives from studios, post production companies, major archives, universities and filmmakers.

Register here

Please note

  • Registration also grants access to the EYE Collection Day on Saturday, May 27, highlighting recent projects from the collection of EYE Filmmuseum, and to a special EYE on Art programme on Tuesday evening, May 30
  • Registration fee includes lunch and dinner on Sunday and Monday

EYE Filmmuseum
IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam
The Netherlands


Evening program:

In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, 1967, USA)
4K restoration (2017) by Park Circus in collaboration with MGM. European premiere.
With an introduction by Grover Crisp (Executive Vice President Asset Management, Film Restoration & Digital Mastering, Sony Pictures)

Monday May 29

Un Chapeau de Paille d’Italie (René Clair, 1927, FR)
4K restoration (2016) by the Cinématèque Française and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.
With an introduction by Céline Ruivo (Curator, Cinématèque Française)


Preliminary program:

More to be added.

Restoring Ula Stöckl's Neun Leben Hat Die Katze (The Cat Has Nine Lives)

Julia Wallmüller
Deutsche Kinemathek

Recovering Early Optical Sound

Simon Lund
Cineric, Inc.

The Restoration of Le fer à cheval (1909) by Camille de Morlhon. 

Marcello Seregni
Fondazione Cineteca Italiana

Dick Higgins’ “For the Dead”: The Challenges of Preserving a Moebius Strip Loop Film

Kristof Efferenn, Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln
Arnaud Obermann, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

The REMI Project – Handmade Emulsion Primitive Colour

Esther Urlus
WORM Filmwerkplaats

Preservation and Accessibility of Digital Born and Digitized Film

Jeroen De Mol
Ernst van Velzen
EYE Filmmuseum

HDR Grading Applied to Film Heritage

Audrey Birrien

Preservation Metadata for DPX

Marjolein Steeman
Josefien Schuurman
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

Restoring Fritz Lang’s DER MUDE TODD (Destiny)

Anke Wilkening

Preserving Imperfection – Ethics and Pragmatism in Digital Preservation

Tone Føreland
National Library of Norway

Traditional Photochemical Printing – Sharing Laboratory Techniques

Tiago Ganhão
Paolo Bernardini
Cinemateca Portuguesa

Innovating Analogue Lab Techniques for use in the Digital Age

Gerard de Haan
Haghefilm Digitaal