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March 17, 2009 9:05 AM   Subscribe

"I now find myself with more than 22,000 16mm educational films in my house." At the site A/V Geeks, you can watch a decent portion of this huge collection online.

Did you know that "You Can Beat The A-Bomb"? Were you aware of the "Joy of Living with Fragrance"? And perhaps we can finally answer this question: "Destruction: Fun or Dumb?"

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posted by tractorfeed (17 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite

 
a decent portion

They say 22,000 but I only see a few hundred in the list. Not that I'm complaining. Wonder what the copyright status is. This is sort of like what YouTube will look like in 50 years - a huge collection of old ephemeral.
posted by stbalbach at 9:24 AM on March 17, 2009


Comedy gold!
posted by sfts2 at 10:05 AM on March 17, 2009


In highschool one year we watched a film in anthropology class. My teacher was lamenting how this would be the last year that the school owned a film projector, and that they couldn't copy the film to video because of "copyright". This was actually wrong, copyright allows you to make backup copies of stuff you own, and there are lots of fair use rights for schools and libraries, things like that.
posted by delmoi at 10:07 AM on March 17, 2009


This was actually wrong, copyright allows you to make backup copies of stuff you own, and there are lots of fair use rights for schools and libraries, things like that.

I'm certainly not an expert, but I don't think that's accurate. I believe private individuals have the right to make personal backups as long as they retain the original, but the rules for schools and libraries are more restrictive, and do not permit reformatting, like going from 16mm to VHS.

This being Metafilter, I'm sure somebody with a better understanding will correct me if I'm wrong.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 10:32 AM on March 17, 2009


These are impossible to watch without the MST3K sarcastic commentary running automatically in your head.
posted by pixlboi at 10:45 AM on March 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


MeFi's own avgeeks.
posted by alikins at 10:51 AM on March 17, 2009


If Skip/AV Geeks comes to town, it's totally worth checking out. Last time he came here, he showed excerpts of The Swimmer (Burt Lancaster) with the audience in the pool. Cheesetastic!
posted by *s at 10:52 AM on March 17, 2009


Wow! Imagine my surprise, doing my daily lurking at MeFi and seeing my own site listed...

It's going to take a while to digitize my entire collection - mostly because I am digitizing film and video for other archives - among them International Space Archives, Prelinger Archive, Academic Film Archive of North America, Vintage Educational Films and the UPenn Museum of Anthropology and Archeology collections at the Internet Archive. So there is plenty of online film and video to watch and enjoy.
posted by avgeeks at 11:15 AM on March 17, 2009 [7 favorites]


Agreeing with *s; I saw an AVGeeks screening in Chicago a few years ago and it was like a whole new world of awesomeness opening to me

Also I discovered that both Skip and myself call footage of intricate automated machine process "factory porn"
posted by jtron at 11:35 AM on March 17, 2009


Oh, cool. Back in elementary school the 70s we saw films all afternoon one day a week. I think it was so the teachers could go smoke or something. Anyway, they were always completely random, and a few were shown multiple times. I'll never forget the one with the bandsaw safety (!) and kid-gets-a-fishhook-in-his-ear segments with plenty of fake blood. Everyone went crazy for that one.
posted by JoanArkham at 11:42 AM on March 17, 2009


hi skip!
posted by oog at 12:52 PM on March 17, 2009


I suggest the next Raleigh meetup be in Skip's living room with the lights low and the projector on.
posted by mediareport at 3:40 PM on March 17, 2009


hi skip! met you at aurora picture show in Houston!

These are great. Very fun to go see AV Geeks when it comes to town.
posted by dog food sugar at 3:49 PM on March 17, 2009


Yeah, you guys in Texas get the good AV Geeks shows. Nobody here in the Triangle wants to go all out for Skip. Poor guy. We don't know how to treat our hometown heroes right.
posted by NoMich at 6:10 PM on March 17, 2009


I suggest the next Raleigh meetup be in Skip's living room with the lights low and the projector on.

No reason the next meetup can't be at one of the A/V Geeks events, which are about weekly.

I love the part where you get there early and the audience gets to take turns reading the frames from a filmstrip out loud.
posted by 3.2.3 at 12:15 PM on March 18, 2009


Tractorfeed: thanks for bringing this to my attention.

Skip: thanks for putting in the effort to share all of this with the rest of the world.
posted by paisley henosis at 10:22 AM on March 19, 2009


Used to see AV Geeks shows all the time when we lived in Austin. Skip is totally awesome!
posted by DiscourseMarker at 6:14 PM on March 19, 2009


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