1. A heartfelt tale of film preservationist and historian Louis DiCrescenzo. Lou, an internationally recognized film preservationist and a movie projectionist has spent the last 50 years collecting and preserving film, projection and sound equipment.

    (i do not own the rights to the music in this video)

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  2. An epitaph for a way of life, delivered by one of the last members of a dying breed.

    Shot on a Canon 5D
    with 24-105mm L lens
    Rec. 709
    Recorded at 23.98 then converted to 24 frames a second
    rendered to 2K for a DCP.

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  3. Senior Thesis Film from Ringling College of Art + Design. A timid projectionist in the 1940s finds himself too shy to talk to the beautiful concessions girl. When he dozes off into a daydream he acts the way he wish he could, a confident ladies' man, only to snap out of it to face the girl in reality.


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  4. Produced by Robert Hill
    Edited by Nathan Parens
    Music by Tony Anderson
    Projectionist Played by Quinn Jungemann

    Production Assistants: Michael Fatzer & Hunter Frye


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  5. "The ideal artist is unwilling to sacrifice his or her individuality to anything or anyone, particularly commercialism or outside control. Such artists often work in seclusion and their creations are uniquely pure. Gordon Brinckle is such an artist. [Messick's] photographs are both tender and authentic in the greatest sense, and I found myself as close to his subject as I ever could have hoped to be." —Albert Maysles, documentary filmmaker (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens)


    Gordon Brinckle (1915–2007) seemed like an ordinary man—a modest and reserved husband and father living in an ordinary 1950s-era home in Middletown, Delaware. Known around town as the night projectionist at the local movie theater, it was the unusual way he spent his days that eventually brought him attention. In his free time, Brinckle meticulously constructed a miniature version of a grand movie palace in his basement. The Shalimar, as he called it, was not only fully functional (with nine authentic movie seats, a projection booth with a 16-mm projector, numerous speakers, and a working organ) but was also lushly designed and decorated with an obsessive attention to detail. Brinckle's "picture palace of renown," as he referred to it, adapted various theater styles of the twentieth century, boasting a marquee that distinctly recalls the 1960s; an auditorium decorated in the "semi-atmospheric" style of the 1930s, bringing the outdoors in through the use of fake foliage and wildlife; and three opulent working curtains. When filmmaker and photographer Kendall Messick, who used to live across the street from the Brinckle family as a boy, became reacquainted with his former neighbor during a visit home in 2001, he knew he had to document the theater and its one-of-a-kind creator. In TThe Projectionist, Messick captures every detail of Brinckle's colorful fantasy world, including Brinckle's original artwork, architectural plans, drawings, and linoleum prints of imaginary movie theaters, ticket stubs, and usher uniform designs. An essay by curator Brooke Davis Anderson of the American Folk Art Museum looks at Gordon's work in the context of outsider art, and a foreword by artist, curator, and author Mark Sloan discusses Messick's photographic work.

    Kendall Messick is a photographer and filmmaker. His documentary films have been featured in numerous film festivals. His photographs reside in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

    "Brooke Davis Anderson is the founding director and curator of the Contemporary Center at the American Folk Art Museum, New York. Anderson's memorable projects at the Museum have included countless exhibitions devoted to the self-taught artist Henry Darger, as well as Obsessive Drawing, Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger and Approaching Abstraction. In 2007-2008 she organized the exhibition, Martin Ramirez, which was accompanied by a publication and toured the United States receiving wide acclaim. She has written and lectured extensively on American art, in particular in African American art and the work of contemporary self-taught artists and has contributed to numerous catalogues and monographs, including Henry Darger, New York (Prestel, 2009) and Martin Ramirez: The Last Works (Pomegranate, 2008)."

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Projectionists and Projection

Peter J. Knight

As cinema moves from film to digital there have been a number of different films made about projectionists and the change over. This channel is an attempt to collect all of those films and stories together in one place. Along the way I have also found…

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As cinema moves from film to digital there have been a number of different films made about projectionists and the change over. This channel is an attempt to collect all of those films and stories together in one place. Along the way I have also found some short films which have projectionists as part of the theme or character of the film and these have been added also.

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  • Mark Aaron Sharon

    Neat! I'm glad I'm not the only one excited about projecting film. I can't wait to watch all these. Thanks for adding my little piece I threw together while bored one night at the Legendary Texas Theatre in Dallas. Yes, THAT Texas Theatre!

    by Mark Aaron Sharon

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