Film Heritage

EYE and the University of Amsterdam join forces to present This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice from 3 April to 15 May. This special programme features a series of six public lectures at EYE devoted to notable projects in the field of film restoration and film heritage. Giovanna Fossati, Chief Curator at EYE and Professor of Film Heritage at the UvA, addresses recent restoration projects and presentation forms of film heritage, varying from pre-cinema to recent experimental films and Hollywood classics.

Alongside regular film projections in cinemas, the lectures will cover exhibitions and alternative display formats. Each session comprises a guest speaker, Q&A and film screenings, often accompanied by live music. The season begins on Thursday 3 April with What is Film Heritage? and welcomes EYE curators Rommy Albers (Dutch Film), Mark-Paul Meyer (Expanded Cinema) and Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi (Silent Film). Following an opening discussion and Q&A, a compilation of Short Film Pool titles selected and introduced by curators will be screened. The line-up includes Rain Sugar Eye (Yasmijn Karhof, NL, 2006, 12 min), At One View (Paul de Nooijer, Menno de Nooijer, NL, 1989, 7 min), Zoo (Bert Haanstra, NL, 1962, 11 min) and Arthème opérateur (Ernest Servaes, FR, 1913, 7 min).

Following this, on 10 April, Silent Film Restorations: The Chemistry of Color in Silent Cinema will seeUlrich Rüdel (Professor for Conservation and Restoration of Modern Media – film, photo and video – at HTW / University of Applied Sciences, Berlin) introduce a screening of De Molens die juichen en weenen (Alfred Machin, NL, 1912, 7 min)– Maudite soit la guerre (Alfred Machin, BE, 1914, 50 min), and the session will be accompanied by live music. Ensuing events include Beyond Restoration: Ross Lipman’s Notfilm (2015); Born Digital and Hybrid Film Heritage: Side by Side; Exposing the Film Apparatus: The Magic Lantern; and Film Restoration Laboratories: L’Immagine Ritrovata.

In addition to This is Film!, two other related events will take place at EYE: EYE Collection Day, highlighting recent projects from the collection of EYE on 27 May and The Reel Thing, a three-day conference on technologies for film preservation and restoration on 28-30 May.

This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice, 3 April – 15 May, EYE, IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam.

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1. Courtesy of EYE.