A/V Geeks: Archiving.org the Ephemeral
June 24, 2015 5:27 PM Subscribe
From Archive.org: "The A/V Geeks Film Archive is an ephemeral film collection curated by Skip Elsheimer. What started as a hobby more than ten years is now a lifetime commitment. His collection has grown to over 24,000 films gathered from school auctions, thrift stores, closets and dumpsters." Includes such hits as "Wink Martindale Talks about "Year 1999 AD"! Disney's "VD--Attack Plan"! DoD's "Red Nightmare"!
More about the project:
More about the project:
Skip Elsheimer...has come to discover that many of these films are worth a second look, not only for their comically dated take on the world, but because some of them actually have something worthwhile to say to modern audiences.Profile (2015/1999): Skip Elsheimer is a man ahead of his time
Mr. Elsheimer is the founder of A/V Geeks, a Raleigh, North Carolina based company named in honor of all those students assigned to run all those 16mm projectors back in school. With over 24,000 titles in his collection, he happens to be one of the foremost collectors of educational films in the country, which is why he travels all over the country presenting curated screenings of these films built around specific themes.
For a moment, the complication of moving is solved. Which is when, amidst the clutter of everything he needs, Elsheimer asks the obvious out loud: Just how am I going to find a place big enough for all of these movies?Access is the First Step to Preservation: An Interview with Skip Elsheimer of A/V Geeks (2013)
“I think the most important component of preservation is access” he says. “If you aren’t actually doing something to give access to people to make it important or introduce it to the world then you’re not doing preservation in the grand sense. It’s great keeping the original around … but there are ways now to share that information without impacting the original object by putting them online and making them available to someone even in another part of the world. That stuff is really important.”As of this previously, Elsheimer was still working on digitizing his collection, which has since grown by 2,000 items; now, in addition to the collection's new home at Archive.org, the A/V Geeks trove can be found on YT (Added five months ago: Mob and Riot Control (1964); "Winning Ride," from Daytona, 1963, and "Play it cool : a question of attitudes," from 1970). At last—a place big enough for all of these movies.
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