Restored 'Fat City' to Open Film Preservation Conference

The Association of Moving Image Archivists hosts the annual 'Reel Thing' symposium.

Hollywood’s archivists and preservationists will examine restoration and preservation topics at the 35th “The Reel Thing” symposium, which opens Thursday evening at the Linwood Dunn Theater.

Presented by the Association of Moving Image Archivists, the event will feature screenings of recent 4K restorations including John Huston’s Fat City, the opening night movie; Otto Preminger’s Where the Sidewalk Ends and Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar.

During the event, The Reel Thing will pay tribute to The Film Foundation, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary; as well as mark Super 8 film's 50th anniversary.

Conference highlights include a look at the origins of Technicolor, presented by David Pierce of the Media History Digital Library and James Layton of the Museum of Modern Art. Barbara Fleuckiger from the University of Zurich will discuss the latest research efforts into the history of color and its restoration.

AMIA will also examine processes and technologies including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Academy Color Encoding System (ACES), a recently launched color management and image interchange system.

The Reel Thing runs through Saturday.