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Ciné Salon at 20

Impressions on the Art of the Cinematograph with Bruce Posner

Sponsors: Dartmouth’s Film and Media Studies, Film Video Digital, Vermont Archive Movie Project, Vermont International Film Foundation, White River Indie Films

Held at the Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center, Dartmouth College

In Dialogue David Shepard: American Film Preservationist

Famed DVD producer and historian of silent classics speaks to his tireless work to preserve world cinema. Recent restorations by Shepard include Raoul Walsh’s early gangster saga, Regeneration (1915) with Philip Carli’s piano music, all of Charlie Chaplin’s Essanay and Mutual comedies, and Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970 with Ciné Salon’s Bruce Posner.

FILMS:  Regeneration (1915) Raoul Walsh 73 min; Police (1915) Charles Chaplin 24 min; In the Street (1948) Helen Levitt, Janice Loeb, James Agee 16 min.

INFODenver Silent Film Festival: 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient-David Shepard
Northwest Chicago Film Society: A Conversation with David Shepard
Digitally Obsessed: A Conversation with David Shepard

Film preservationists David Shepard (r) and Kevin Brownlow at Academy’s 2010 Govenor’s Awards dinner.  Photo credit: Leonard Maltin
BIO: David Shepard is a film preservationist whose company, Film Preservation Associates, is responsible for many high quality video versions of silent films. Most come from the Blackhawk Films (also owned by Shepard) and Lobster Films, Paris, whose owner Serge Bromberg partners with Shepard on restoration duties. Shepard also sources film materials owned by private collectors and film archives around the world.

Shepard began restoring films when he joined the American Film Institute in 1968 as one of their first staff members. He taught cinema for thirty-four years at the University of Southern California, where he was also director of the Louis B. Mayer Film & Television Study Center. Since 1983, David has been a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and for them, went as a volunteer to Calcutta in 1992-93 to evaluate the negatives of Satyajit Ray’s films.

Awards include the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters University of Colorado (2011), the Umhoefer Prize for Achievement in Humanities (2013), a Special Citation for Lifetime Achievement from L.A. Film Critics (2015), the Silver Light Award from the Association of Moving Image Archivists (2007), the Preservation Award from Anthology Film Archives (2005), Honorary Life Membership in the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (2004), awards from the San Francisco International Film and Silent Film Festivals (2000/2008), and the prestigious Prix Jean Mitry, awarded by the Provincia de Pordenone, Italy, for lifetime contribution to film culture (1993).

Some recent projects are a five-film set French Masterworks: Russian Emigrés in Paris 1923-1928, an eight-film set Landmarks of Early Soviet Film, Abel Gance’s spectacle La Roue (1922), Chaplin at Keystone (1914); C. B. DeMille’s 1927 production of Chicago, René Clair’s The Italian Straw Hat, and Georges Melies: First Wizard of Cinema, 1896-1913, 199 films comprising 15 hours on 6 DVDs, reviewed in the Chicago Tribune as “definitely one of the most important DVD releases ever, as well as an unfailing source of cinematic joy and pleasures”. Among more than one hundred fifty others, Unseen Cinema: American Avant-Garde Films 1984-1941, released in October 2005, received the Heritage Award from the National Society of Film Critics and was on most “ten best” lists; Les Vampires (Louis Feuillade’s seven-hour “mysterious saga” of 1915) was named as the best video release of 1998 by The New York Times; The Art of Buster Keaton was “almost universally regarded as the best video release of 1995” (USA Today, June 14, 1996).
Ciné Salon Fall 2016 celebrates 20 years of rare and classic experiments in film introduced and discussed by some of the world’s foremost authorities on media arts. More than 600 films have screened in 269 thematic programs that have highlighted genuinely engaging, often-difficult films and related subjects. The anniversary emphasizes our commitment to keep alive the past, present and future of a vital art forum – the movies. View the full schedule here. Download festival posters hereDownload In Dialogue poster here.   

The Howe Library and Bruce Posner would like to thank Dartmouth’s Film and Media Studies, Film Video Digital, Vermont Archive Movie Project, Vermont International Film Foundation, White River Indie Films for sponsoring this event, along with the other Fall 2016 sponsors for their support of this series.

Date: November 7, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center, Dartmouth College