The New Film Series at the Hammer

Oct 11, 2010 by Lisa Newton

In case you haven’t heard, Monday’s are now a lot more fun.

In conjunction with a graduate seminar offered by UCLA’s Moving Image Archive Studies (MIAS) program, the Student Chapter of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation presents  “Out of the Past.”

If you’re curious how older movies still look great, even in the digital age, then look no further:

That’s part and partial of the mission of which the UCLA Film & Television Archive does–it’s essential to conserving motion picture and arts and sciences; and motion picture preservation provides–through screenings, DVD distribution or online delivery.

Film restorations are indispensable and provide the method and medium, in order to make old films accessible to modern audiences.

But what constitutes restoration–what do moving image preservationists do?

The “Out of the Past” series proposes to answer these questions, while discussing ethical issues, such as the status of the original and why digitality remade do-overs might change our perception of historic material.

So, every Monday evening starting September 27th, until November 29th, will be a behind-the-scenes look into contemporary restoration techniques and concerns–featuring newly restored prints and introductions by leading film preservationists.

All of the movies start at 7:30 and have free admission.

Please note, the first two archive screenings listed here, take place at the Billy Wilder Theater Courtyard Level, Hammer Museum, at 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90024.

October 11th: The Jackie Gleason Show: "The Honeymooners" 1952-54

October 18th: Akran

October 25th: Lonesome @ James Bridges Theater

November 1st: The Joyless Street @ James Bridges Theater

November 8th: Virtue @ James Bridges Theater

November 15th: Mr. Bug Goes to Town @ James Bridges Theater

November 22nd: The Color of Television @ James Bridges Theater

November 29th: Orphans of the Storm @ James Bridges Theater

And, in case you didn’t know, the James Bridges Theater is located at 1409 Melnitz Hall, UCLA Campus, Westwood.

The essential elements are that–from old to new–you’re able to observe old movies and how they were restored .

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