Soundies at the Orphan Film Symposium

Courtesy Orphan Film Symposium, NYU

In April, the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria is hosting the 14th edition of the Orphan Film Symposium—and Soundies will be there.

On Saturday, April 13, I’ll present a short Soundies program on this year’s symposium theme of “Work and Play”—six films that combine performance, play, work, and music in unexpected ways.

It’s part of the 2:45 p.m. “Soundworks” program, which also features presentations on DeVry Cine-Tone Films of the late 1920s, the Black-owned Pyramid Pictures Corporation of the early 1920s, and the enigmatically titled “Leo Roars!”

The Orphan Film Symposium kicks off with a reception and screening on Wednesday evening, April 10. Programs run from 9:30 or 10 a.m. into the evening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 11-13.

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