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Thursday April 27th (6pm opening night dinner, reception, and keynote extravaganza) – Sunday 30th (aftermath brunch), 2017

bas•tard [bas-terd]
something irregular, inferior, spurious, or unusual.

to come upon or meet with, especially unexpectedly: to encounter a new situation.

The Orphan Film Symposium introduced us to films that had been orphaned by their creators or caretakers. We hope to expand on this idea by looking at films that are bastards—ill-conceived or received; embarrassing or beyond the bounds of acceptability; poor in conception or execution; undesirable to those who should be caring for them; proof of something that should have never happened.

The aim of the Bastard Film Encounter is to bring these misbegotten moving images out of the closet and begin to address what these films are, how they are kept and ignored (and if they really should be), if and why they might matter, and what role they might play in archives and in studies of the moving image.

We invite you to join us for a weekend of screening-intensive conversations about bastard films in beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina. Screenings and conversations are the focus of this event. Thematically clustered screenings will be followed by lengthy discussion and q&a sessions.

Confirmed keynote bastard/curator for opening night: Brian L Frye

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Brought to you by your bastardly co-organizers: Snowden Becker, Skip Elsheimer, Marsha Gordon, and Dwight Swanson.