2003 Symposium


Toward Access, Interpretation and Understanding
August 8-9, 2003

NHF's fourth annual Summer Film Symposium focused on moving images as culturally significant documents. The unifying thread was the discussion of archival film (surviving film of any genre made available for study and reuse) as having inherent qualities worthy of analysis and interpretation. The Symposium's participants offered theoretical constructs and practical applications for developing academic and public recognition of the value of motion picture films as historical documents. The gathering was moderated by Mark Neumann of the University of South Florida.

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2003 Symposium presenters are listed below:


Snowden Becker
Editor for Interactive Programs, J. Paul Getty Museum
The 8mm Microscope: Home Movies' Uses in the Medical Community and Beyond

Karen Gracy
Assistant Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh
Introducing Library and Information Science Students to Moving Image Archiving

Jeff Heinle
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Colby-Sawyer College
Teaching Undergraduates About Media Preservation and Media Archives—A Case Study

Janna Jones
Assistant Professor, Communications, University of South Florida
Records of Loss: The Experiential Differences between the Archival Amateur Film and the Documentary

Alan Kattelle
Author, Home Movies: A History of the American Industry, 1897-1979
A Brief History of Amateur Film Gauges and Related Equipment, 1899 - 2001

Mark Neumann
Associate Professor, Communications, University of South Florida
Toward Access, Interpretation, and Understanding Introduction

William O’Farrell
Chief of Moving Image and Audio Conservation, National Archives of Canada
Dominion Filmmaking on the Home Front 1914-1919

Dwight Swanson
Archivist, Northeast Historic Film
Up from the Basement: Reviving and Preserving Alexander Forbes’s 28mm Home Movies

Daniel Wagner
Vault Manager Safety Material, Motion Picture Department, George Eastman House
Anatomy of a 28mm Preservation Project: R.A. Walsh’s The Mystery of the Hindu Image (1913)