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Public lecture series

This is Film! 2016

Film heritage in practice

4 February 2016 — 10 March 2016

Still from Flight (1988, Guy Sherwin).
Still from Flight (1988, Guy Sherwin).

In this series, Giovanna Fossati (Chief Curator at Eye and Professor of Film Heritage at the UvA) will talk extensively with film restorers on challenging restoration projects, with curators about exhibiting film installations and displaying cinema devices, and with film programmers on works that do not fall into the conventional standards of filmmaking and theatrical film presentation.

From February 4 to March 10 2016, Eye and the University of Amsterdam presented the second edition of This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice, a series of public lectures at Eye reflecting on a broad range of exceptional international film heritage projects.

Still from Bloemenvelden Haarlem (1909, Willy Mullens).
Still from Bloemenvelden Haarlem (1909, Willy Mullens).
Installation Cinechine by Mariska de Groot.
Installation Cinechine by Mariska de Groot.

This is Film! is aimed at everyone who loves film and offers insight into what goes on behind the scenes of current film heritage practices. This course is part of the UvA Master of Arts programme Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image. The lectures, however, are easily accessible without any prior knowledge of the field. Each weekly edition features a guest speaker, a Q&A session and film screenings, some also accompanied by live music. The lectures are in English and can be followed as a series or individually.

Dates & guests

#1: What is Film Heritage?

Guest: Giovanna Fossati
Screening
: Beyond the Rocks (Sam Wood, 1922) and Short Film Pool compilation Live music

Thursday, February 4 (16:00 – 18:30)

#2: Hollywood Studios: Twentieth Century Fox and the restoration of The King and I (1956)

Guest: Schawn Belston (Vice President and Executive Director of Film Preservation at Twentieth Century Fox)
Screening
: The King and I (Walter Lang, 1956)

Thursday, February 11 (15:30 – 18:30)

#3: Film or Performance: Guy Sherwin

Guests: Anna Abrahams (Programmer Eye on Art) and Simona Monizza (Curator Experimental Film, Eye)
Screening
: compilation of films by Guy Sherwin restored by Eye.

Thursday, February 18 (16:00 – 18:30)

#4: Restoring and Presenting Early Cinema: Fantasia of Color

Guest: Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi (Curator Silent Film, Eye)
Screening
: compilation of early colour films from the Eye Collection. Live music

Thursday, February 25 (16:00 – 18:30)

#5: Exposing Cinema: the exhibition Close-Up – A new Generation of Film and Video Artists in the Netherlands

Guest: Claartje Opdam (Project Manager Exhibitions)
Screening
: compilation of short films

Thursday, March 3 (16:00 – 18:30)

#6: Exposing the Film Apparatus: from magic lanterns to smartphones

Guests: Soeluh van den Berg (Curator Film related Collections, Eye)
Films
: compilation of short films. Live music

Thursday, March 10. (16:00 – 18:30)

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