TiF! Beyond Restoration: Ross Lipman’s Notfilm

From April 3 to May 15, EYE and the University of Amsterdam present This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice, a series of six public lectures at EYE devoted to notable projects in the field of film restoration and film heritage.

In conversation with guests, Giovanna Fossati (chief curator at EYE and professor of Film Heritage at the UvA) addresses a wide range of film heritage projects. Each session consists of a (guest) lecture, a Q&A and a film screening, often accompanied by live music.

This lecture will focus on the work of film restorers and the delicate role they play. How do restorers shape the way films are preserved and presented to contemporary audiences? Guest lecturer Ross Lipman, who has supervised a large number of restorations as a former Senior Restorer at UCLA Film & Television Archive, will give insight into the interpretations, choices and documentations that a film restorer has to make. 

Ross Lipman will discuss his longstanding exploration of a field he describes as the archival arts; a practice that encompasses documentary and experimental filmmaking, historical research, and the reclamation of lost cinematic works through classical film restoration and digital remastering. His parallel endeavors in filmmaking and restoration cumulatively seek to bring images and views of the past into the present historical moment. During this lecture, Lipman will present Notfilm (2015), the film he made about Samuel Beckett’s FILM (1965), a film that he has also worked on as a restorer.


Notfilm: A Kino-Essay by Ross Lipman Ross Lipman US 2015 English dialogue 128’

Lipman tries to unravel the making, coming into existence and significance of Samuel Beckett’s only film, the avant-garde project FILM (1965) starring Buster Keaton. With Notfilm Lipman delivered a feature-length experimental documentary – a kino essay – on FILM’s production and its philosophical implications, utilizing additional outtakes, never before heard audio recordings of the production meetings, and other rare archival elements. The result is a mesmerizing ‘making-of’ film, exploring the personal, literary and cinematographic

Guest: Ross Lipman (independent filmmaker, essayist, and archivist - formerly Senior Film Restorer at the UCLA Film & Television Archive)

Screening: Notfilm (Ross Lipman, VS, 2015, 128 min)