What happens when you rescue over 27,000 16mm educational and industrial films that were considered obsolete and destined for the landfill? Why, you do like A/V Geeks founder Skip Elsheimer did and archive them in an old boarding house showing the films whenever you can. For over 25 years, the A/V Geeks have been finding and projecting old 16mm gems to the delight and horror of audiences across North America. Each film is a time capsule into how we were, what we desired, and what we were afraid of… Laugh and groan at what we got wrong and be surprised what we got right (and then promptly forgot).
The A/V Geeks have written essays on educational films in various journals and about the history of Sugar Bear cereal for an academic book on advertising. They’ve also partnered with Alamo Drafthouse to screen films at unique locations, such as bus safety films on a moving school bus, films about meat at a sausage factory and films about water safety on a boat.