Film Preservation in the Digital Era

Buster Keaton in 'FILM' (1965), conceived and written by Samuel Beckett
Buster Keaton in FILM (1965), conceived and written by Samuel Beckett.

With Ross Lipman, Dennis Doros, and David Neary
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Saturday, October 22
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Michelson Theater, Department of Cinema Studies
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway, 6th Floor, Room 648

Restorationists Ross Lipman and Dennis Doros discuss the practice of restoring and preserving film-based works in an era when moving image production and display have gone digital. Doros shows excerpts from a newly-restored silent feature from Milestone FilmsThe Dumb Girl of Portici (1916), starring dance legend Anna Pavlova. Lipman talks about his restoration of the legendary Samuel Beckett-Buster Keaton collaboration known simply as FILM (1965) and his new documentary about that curious pairing, NOTFILM (2015). David Neary, graduate of NYU's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) Master of Arts program, moderates the discussion.

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Production still from "The Dumb Girl of Portici" (1916). Anna Pavlova with Camera.

Production still from "The Dumb Girl of Portici" (1916). Anna Pavlova with Camera.

Ross Lipman is a restorationist and filmmaker who works in a diversity of forms that encompass essay, experimental, and narrative strategies. His works span a range of media, including 35mm, 16mm, and Super-8mm film, as well as video and performance. Throughout both his restorations and personal works run a fascination with transience, the marginal, and the nature of organic change.

Dennis Doros with his wife Amy Heller started Milestone Films in 1990 to discover and distribute films of enduring artistry. For nearly the past decade, they have been working on the award-winning Project Shirley; helping to preserve and release the films of the late New York director Shirley Clarke. Doros has served three terms on the Board of Directors of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and has been a consultant to Turner Classic Movies since 2005.

David Neary is a 2015 graduate of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) master's program in NYU's Department of Cinema Studies. Since completing his MIAP thesis on Joe Dante's The Movie Orgy (1968), an experimental compilation of features, educational films, television programs, and commercials, Neary has served as Digital Archivist at Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Print Traffic Coordinator for the Tribeca Film Festival, and, currently, Manager of the Doc Fortnight Festival at the Museum of Modern Art.