RESTORING BARBARA LODEN’S WANDA ”
Saturday, April 9th
Norris Theater, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Ross Lipman is an independent filmmaker and senior film preservationist at UCLA’s Film & Television Archive. His many restorations include Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep, Kent MacKenzie’s The Exiles, the Academy Award-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk, and works by Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Shirley Clarke, Kenneth Anger, and John Cassavetes. His essays on film history, technology, and aesthetics have been published in numerous books and journals. Lipman’s filmmaking works have screened internationally and been collected by museums and institutions including the Oberhausen Kurzfilm Archive, Budapest’s Balazs Bela Studios, Munich’s Sammlung Goetz, the Academy Film Archive, Anthology Film Archives, and Northeast Historic Film.
Lipman’s keynote presentation will offer a visually rich exploration of the restoration of Barbara Loden’s Wanda, a landmark independent film from 1970. Best known for her acting role in Splendor in the Grass and later marriage to Elia Kazan, Loden directed and starred in this 16mm feature, acting opposite non-actors and shot on location in middle America. Lipman’s presentation will narrate the decisions made in restoring the film with available analog and digital restoration tools without betraying the film’s low-budget independent origins. In this respect, the film’s “failures” become a central ethical consideration in the preservation and restoration process and become permanently inscribed in the text itself.