June 2nd 2017

Cinema in the Eye of the collector, Cinémathèque québécoise, June 4th-8th, 2017

The Cinemathèque québécoise and TECHNÈS are proud to present the Cinema in the Eye of the Collector international conference, which will be held from Sunday the 4th through the 8th of June 2017. More than 40 archivists, collectors and scholars will offer five days of conferences, round tables, demonstrations and screenings hoping to shed a new light on the often underestimated contribution of collectors to the history of cinema. Among our guests, we have the pleasure of welcome Janet Bergstrom (UCLA), Anne-Marie Quevrain (Cinémathèque Méliès), Rick Prelinger (Prelinger Archives/UC Santa Cruz), the American filmmaker Ernie Gehr, representatives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, of the MoMA, scholars, curators and collectors from across Canada, Italy, Austria, France, Germany, the United States, the Netherlands, etc.

The conferenceThe Cinema in the Eye of the Collector will also present five exceptional evenings shows and performances, most of which have never been shown in Montreal. Anne Morra, curator at MoMA, will offer on June 4th, at 7pm, a screening of works by found footagepioneer Joseph Cornell, including some new discoveries. The evening of the 5th will be a conference-screening presented by Rick Prelinger (Prelinger Archives/UC Santa Cruz) and Dan Streible (NYU), that will be introduced by Québec filmmaker Caroline Martel. On Tuesday June 6th, at 7:30pm, the conference will move to McGill University’s Moyse Hall, to rediscover the forgotten art of the Magic Lantern with the world-renowned American Magic-Lantern Theater, a show not to be missed! On Wednesday June 7th (7pm), collector and experimental film artist Ernie Gehr, will screen his landmark Eureka (1974) as well as a new work, Scènes de rue (2017). Finally, on June 8th (7pm), we will present a program devoted to the Colorful World of Cinema with Early Films from the EYE Filmmuseum Desmet Collection.

Among other highlights of this conference include demonstrations on restored period pieces and amateur formats, such as 28mm and color sound 9,5mm that will be offered my Dino Everett (Hugh M. Hefner Archive, University of South California). The public is also invited to come to an opening cocktail reception, on the 4th of June (starting at 5pm), when a major discovery made in collaboration by the Cinémathèque québécoise and Louis Pelletier will be unveiled and presented for the first time to a public since 1919!

The conference The Cinema in the Eye of the Collector will be presented in French and English at the Cinémathèque québécoise (335, boul. de Maisonneuve Est), and all conferences are free and open to all. The regular rates of the Cinémathèque québécoise apply to evening screenings. Admission tickets to the American Magic-Lantern Theater Show will be available at the door the night of the show and will be $20 ($10 for children).

This event is organized by André Habib (Université de Montréal), Philippe Marion (Université catholique de Louvain), Louis Pelletier (TECHNÈS/Université Concordia) and Jean-Pierre Sirois-Trahan (Université Laval) and is made possible through funding by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. For more information, contact André Habib (andre.habib@umontreal.ca/ 514-726-5998) or Louis Pelletier (pelletieroscope@gmail.com/ 514-750-8467). To get our complete program, visit our website https://conferencecollections.org/and Facebook Event page.