I was recently going through some old 8mm cine reels I had kicking around from my time at college and university. As always, once the projector was setup and I had them projecting onto a piece of wall in our lounge, I was reminded of how lovely they are, and how I don’t often get the opportunity to dig out the projector in order to play them. Like most people, I tend to watch television rather than have a film projector set up in my lounge, but it’s sad to think that there are films out there, a dying format, that probably won’t ever get played again.
- A venue. I will be shortly be moving to Wednesfield and would like to try and run the first Cine Club around the Black Country area. I’m really open to suggestions at this point: village halls, unused shops, pub back rooms. I’d say it would be useful if it was large enough to accomodate around 10-20 people, but I have no idea how many people might come along, so who knows.
- Darkness. I’m assuming it would make most sense, for people’s availability, to run the Cine Club in the evening, when people are likely to have free time after work. It might also be suitable to run screenings at the weekend. Regardless, the venue needs to be at least dark enough in the screening area to project the films, but we can come to this as potential venues are discovered.
- Mains power supply in the room.
- Chairs. You know, for people to sit on.
- Refreshments. I’m happy to stump up some cash for light refreshments of the tea and cake kind to start with. It would be good if we had access to tea making facilities though.
- People with cine films!
That last one is pretty important, and the main purpose of this post is just to get your thoughts and let me know if you have any films you’d like to bring along to screen and share. We’re talking any old 8mm or super 8 films you have on reels. We don’t actually want to keep them or anything, just show them to the group and have a chat over the history of them, who was there, etc. We have one very good working projector and one backup projector and even a splicing kit: I think people would have to bring their films along with the understanding that film is messy and projectos can sometimes do nasty things to the films. I’d hope that people might take that risk if it means seeing something they haven’t been able to watch in 20 years. Otherwise, any offers to help out with the above would also be good to hear, thank you.