2007 Greene Grant awarded to:
Helen Hill Tribute at the Orphan Film Symposium
Preserving the Films of an Independent Spirit
In June 2007, The Maxine Greene Foundation, Inc. awarded a Greene Grant to the 6th Orphan Film Symposium (2008), to focus on supporting its opening-night tribute to the late filmmaker Helen Hill. The tribute will showcase Hill's animated 16mm films as well as some of her Super-8 home movies—rescued from the Katrina floods—documenting life in pre-Katrina New Orleans. These films are being preserved, restored and screened by a unique partnership among Helen Hill's family, the Harvard Film Archive, Colorlab, NYU, the University of South Carolina, BB Optics, the Center for Home Movies, and New York Women in Film and Television.
- Each Orphan Film Symposium brings together an eclectic mix of archivists, artists, scholars, preservationists, curators and others—all screening and discussing rare and neglected film and video. The term "orphan film" refers to neglected works, especially those made outside the commercial mainstream. These include amateur, experimental, educational, industrial, independent and unreleased films, as well as home movies, kinescopes, newsreels, outtakes, and other ephemeral moving images.
- A Helen Hill Award will be given to an independent filmmaker whose work is featured at the symposium. The award includes $1,000 in film stock from Kodak.
- Orphans 6 focuses on works of/about/by/against/under 'the state,' broadly conceived. Forty speakers will address the role of neglected films in recording, representing, constructing, and imagining the state, as well as the work of state-run AV archives worldwide. The event will be held at NYU's Cantor Film Center, March 26-29, 2008. The Helen Hill tribute screening will open the symposium on Wednesday, March 26th at 8:00 p.m.
- Hosted by the Department of Cinema Studies, in the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
"The Orphan Film Symposium has become an important gathering place for people engaged in the preservation, study and use of motion pictures. The recognition that the world's archives need to protect "orphan films" is one of the most challenging aspects of film preservation. The beauty of the orphan metaphor is that it embraces a wide array of neglected genres — all of them part of our social and cinematic history. I urge everyone to support and to participate in the Orphan Film Symposium."
"And yet, it seems to me, the crucial demand of our time is to attend, to pay heed. Only as we do attend to those pressed into invisibility by disaster can we save ourselves from the corruptions of indifference."