From the release:
35mm Archival Surprises at International House:
A SECRET CINEMA BLIND DATE
Friday, May 11, 2012, 7:00 pm
On Friday, May 11, 2012, the Secret Cinema will return to International House for A SECRET CINEMA BLIND DATE: 35MM ARCHIVAL SURPRISES. It’s a program so mysterious that even we don’t know what it is!
Huh? A bit of background is in order…
The Secret Cinema film archive has been collecting 35mm film prints for about a dozen years (in addition to our large, longer-collected collection of 16mm films). However, we have not owned a functioning 35mm projector in nearly ten years. Still, we continued accumulating prints in this high-quality format — called ‘the real thing’ by some cinema purists, because it has reigned as the standard medium of movie theaters from 1895 until…January 1, 2013, the date that most film distributors have declared as when they will forever cease to issue 35mm (or any size) film prints of new releases.
Not having a 35mm projector at Secret Cinema headquarters has resulted in a backlog of acquisitions that we have never viewed. 35MM ARCHIVAL SURPRISES AT INTERNATIONAL HOUSE: A SECRET CINEMA BLIND DATE is sure to be filled with surprises, as it consists of an assortment of 35mm reels with one thing in common: We have never watched any of them before!
This intriguing potpourri of rare short theatrical subjects, odd reels of features, sponsored/industrial films, and trailers were acquired mainly by instinct, often solely on the basis of their intriguing titles (and in some cases, our infatuation with dye-transfer Technicolor prints). Come and see if our collecting instincts were right, in a unique program likely to include the good, the bad and occasionally the mundane.
There will be one complete program, starting at 7:00 pm.
A complete description of the program does NOT follow…you’ll have to trust us on this one!
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.