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UCLA Student Film Restorations: Present Preserving the Past

Performances

Billy Wilder Theater
Free
Dec 1, 2023
7:30 pm

Funded by the Myra Reinhard Family Foundation, the Present Preserving the Past: Student Film Initiative’s inaugural group of graduate student interns worked closely over a 10-week period under the supervision of Archive staff to inspect, prepare, digitally restore and preserve three UCLA student films from the 1960s-1980s. Ranging from documentary to animation to narrative production, the selected films feature histories of political activism, Chinese American influence, and the L.A. Rebellion. Present Preserving the Past highlights a cross-section of student filmmakers whose work represents a vibrant and storied UCLA film tradition. The program will include a screening followed by a conversation with filmmakers and graduate students.

 

Restoration funding provided by Myra Reinhard Family Foundation

Second Campaign

U.S., 1970

In May 1969, UCLA film students Norman Yonemoto and Nikolai Ursin traveled to Berkeley, California, in the midst of the now-historic People’s Park Protest. Following upheaval over the potential destruction of a nearby community park, then-Governor Ronald Reagan famously called in the National Guard. In documenting the ensuing protests, the filmmakers capture important and unseen moments, focusing on the sense of joy and community found amongst the students, community members and supporters.

DCP, color, 18 min. Director: Norman Yonemoto. Restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive from 16mm A/B original negatives and track negative. Laboratory services by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Audio Mechanics.

 

Restoration funding provided by Myra Reinhard Family Foundation

In Transit: The Chinese in California

U.S., 1977

A unique blend of animation, live-action, and still photography, In Transit: The Chinese in California documents the history and experience of Chinese Americans on the West Coast from the 19th to mid-20th century. Featuring powerful narrative performances, this film offers an insight and perspective into Asian American history that was not often discussed in the mainstream at the time the film was made.

DCP, b&w, 25 min. Director: Lilian Wu. Restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive from a 16mm print. Laboratory services by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Audio Mechanics.

 

Rich

U.S., 1983

In this intimate character study, soon-to-be high school graduate Richard Lawson is determined to go to college and be someone. He pushes back against the forces of his inner city environment, including his mother and the neighborhood gang, who continually try to lower his aspirations for the future.

DCP, b&w, 22 min. Director: S. Torriano Berry. Restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive from 16mm A/B original negatives and track negative. Laboratory services by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Audio Mechanics and Deluxe Media Audio Services.

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