About the A/V Geeks

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Where did it all start, that’s hard to say. Was it my childhood experiments with a Viewmaster projector attempting to make realistic 3-D ghosts like on Scooby Doo? Was it the endless filmstrips that I watched in a rural elementary school? Or was it, just that I was at the right place at the right time with the right resources?

Regardless of the origins, I now find myself with more than 23,000 16mm educational films in my house. I spent most of the nineties collecting film from school and government auctions. These films were regarded as obsolete and useless by the state who would take anything to get rid of them. If I didn’t get them, who knows where they would have ended up – a dumpster, maybe?

So now I show the films every chance I get and have planned various projects, to exploit their hidden celluloid riches. This web site is a virtual home of a very big collection. I hope to use it to talk about future film projects, film tours and other things. Your feedback is appreciated.

Occasionally, someone from the media focuses their attention on the sick little obsession that is the A/V Geeks. While it may seem therapeutic at first (admitting that I have a problem, being the first step), it only furthers to encourage the bad behavior. At the very least, however, it finally legitimizes years of odd behavior to friends and family. Below are assorted interviews and mentions from the ole A/V Geeks scrapbook…

Independent Film Channel’s show Split Screen


Spectator article by Rodrigo Dorfman

Village Voice article

News and Observer article by Geoff Edgers

Duke University’s Chronicle by Ali Korein

Skip picks his top ten favorite films for Ali Korein

Citysearch piece by Ashley Farrell

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  2. Dear A/V Geeks,

    Thank you so much for putting portions of your collection on Archive.org. I’ve been a long time visitor, but just now took the type to check out your website and services.

    I’m working on a TV show for H2 and I was wondering if any of your footage is available for licensing. Looks like some of it might be public domain… but you have the reels. Either way, there’s a good chance a lot of your footage could bee useful. Out of curiosity is your library logged and searchable by description? I ask because a lot of my needs are for corky, archival film. I need stuff that will be found within reels, but necessary described within the title.

    Let me know if you guys can be of service.

    Chris Morcom
    Flight 33 Productions
    14930 Ventura Blvd. #300
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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  4. For Skip Elsheimer: see ebay #322072676094. This was a great part of Expo 86. Plenty of info on the film is available elsewhere online if you want to see it. I’ve got a couple of VHS versions. I know, I know, to each his or her own, but I think this is a winner. Am over at my local library, don’t have your email here, hope this will reach you. Cheers!!!

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