Preview: Festival of Found Films from the Vault
In the summer of 2015, the University of Michigan sold more than 7,000 instructional films owned by the [http://www.lib.umich.edu/askwith-media-library|Askwith Media Library] to the public. The films had been used in campus classrooms from the 1940s to the 1970s and represented a variety of forgotten media formats – including 16mm and VHS. The collection was unique in its subject matter and scale, but having digitized the titles, U-M sold the films to gain shelf space.
Local film lovers, collectors, and treasure-hunters flocked to the sale, seizing the opportunity to own these rare films. Some shoppers lamented the loss of such a sizable collection; the films would now be spread among many owners and would not be preserved as a group. But no one could deny the price tag, as film prices started at just $1. So, film cans and VHS tapes were carried home by the armful and the collection was dismantled.
And that was it – until now.
A local Ann Arborite, Frank Uhle, has coordinated an amazing opportunity to see the films from this collection reunited on screen. The [https://www.facebook.com/events/1534171560212235/|Festival of Found Films from the Vault] will be a celebration of 16mm films purchased at the U-M sale. Uhle is calling out to all those who shopped the sale, and asking them to bring their best purchases to be screened together at [https://eatypsi.com/|Bona Sera Café] in downtown Ypsilanti. Anyone interested in screening one of their treasures from the film sale at the event should contact Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expect to see funny, strange, and surprising films, all projected on Uhle’s own 16mm projector – a special experience for all! You can bring films, or just your own curiosity, for an afternoon of small-screen entertainment.
Elizabeth Wodzinski is a Desk Clerk at AADL and 16mm is her favorite measurement.
[https://www.facebook.com/events/1534171560212235/|The Festival of Found Films from the Vault] will run from 2-5 pm on Sunday, April 17 at Bona Sera Café in downtown Ypsilanti at 200 W. Michigan Ave. The event is free and open to the public.