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The Amateur Cinema Project: Works by Ephraim Horowitz & Robbins Barstow

The Orphan Film Symposium Presents

The Amateur Cinema Project:
Works by Ephraim Horowitz & Robbins Barstow

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 6:15 PM

Michelson Theater, Department of Cinema Studies
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10003

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NYU-MIAP alumna, Genevieve Havemeyer-King and Director of MIAP, Dan Streible, will be hosting a screening of films by the late New York based amateur cinematographers and Amateur Cinema League Members, Ephraim Horowitz and Robbins Barstow.

This screening celebrates the collaboration between the Orphan Film Symposium and independent video streaming service, Fandor, in digitizing a selection of works by Horowitz for inclusion on an Amateur Cinema stream on Fandor’s site. The event also highlights four years of work on the Amateur Cinema Project - a research project that evolved from an idea for a curated web portal of amateur cinema into an effort to locate the featured films of Alan D. Kattelle’s list, Ten-Best Winners, 1930-1994 from the Amateur Cinema League and American International Film and Video Festival (The Amateur Cinema League and its Films, 2003).

Program includes:

EPH 4/27/16 (~1979, Super 8mm-to-digital)
Winner of the Amateur Cinema League’s “Ten-Best Contest” in1979, EPH 4/27/16 is an autobiographical piece that mixes photo-montage with home-movie footage, narrated by Horowitz and rich with his comical musings on life and change, past and present.    

The Fountain (~1970, Super 8mm-to-digital)
A New York City 8mm Motion Picture Club, Joseph F. Hollywood Contest 3rd Prize Winner, 1970, featuring Kodachrome footage of Central Park’s famed Bethesda Fountain.

Bangkok’s Too Much (~1975, Super 8mm-to-digital)
A vivid travelogue with color footage of street scenes, dancers, and other beautiful shots in Thailand.

New York World’s Fair, 1939-1940: Closing Day (16mm-to-digital, 10/27/1940)
Ephraim Horowitz’ vibrant 16mm Kodachrome footage of the 1939 New York World’s Fair, which was digitized by filmmaker Amanda Murray in 2012.

The Abbakadabba Coopno (16mm, 17 min., 1941)
Produced in the summer of 1941 on a New Jersey farm. Pacifist-run, the farm offered summer recreation for an interracial group of children from Newark, New Jersey. The “Newark Kid-Stars,” as they are credited in the film, assisted in creating the story and star in the film. Preserved by NYU with funding from the National Film Preservation Foundation. (Image top right: Robbins Barstow Collection, New York University Archives)

Approximate run time: 80min.

Dan Streible, Genevieve Havemeyer-King, and Kimberly Tarr will introduce the program and speak about the project.

Richard Post, World’s Fair Memorabilia Collector, Queens tour-guide, and close friend of Ephraim Horowitz, will speak about the filmmaker and the Worlds Fair footage, which is now under his care.

We’d like to thank the following contributors to this project:

Dan Horowitz
The Long Island Movie Makers
Fandor
Jonathan Marlow
New York University Archives
Kim Tarr (Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Department, NYU)
Walter Forsberg (Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)
Jonah Volk (NYPL)
Dan Erdman
Kathryn Gronsbell
Kathleen Maguire
Eileen Townsend
Amanda Murray
Richard Post