Help The A/V Geeks Digitize 100 Miles of Film. 16mm At A Time.

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We want to digitize 100 miles (over 240 hours!) of public domain 16mm films from the A/V Geeks archive and make them freely available at so you can access them over the internet and use them freely however you choose – for fun, for research or for your own film project. Many of these films have not been seen by anyone for 40 years or more.

The A/V Geeks have over 24,000 old 16mm educational films that we’ve rescued from landfills, dumpsters, closets, school libraries. These films cover topics from Atomic Bombs to Zoo Babies and provide an entertaining yet insightful glimpse into our past. We’ve kept these materials from being thrown out and we want to continue our mission by giving them a new life and sharing them you!

Traditionally, this means that we would have to either travel to you or you would have to travel to us to watch a film on a projector. By digitizing these films we can give you and the world access to these materials! When a film from the A/V Geeks archive is digitized and uploaded to the internet, it can be easily accessed, watched, downloaded, researched and repurposed for music videos, class projects, documentaries and more.

Help us digitize 100 Miles of Film!
Instead of traveling miles to give access to these films we’d rather digitize miles of 16mm film. Film length is generally measured in feet (in the US) to where 2100 feet of film roughly equals one hour of content. With your support we can digitize and make available 100 miles of film – over 240 hours of (around 1,000 individual titles) from the archive. So we envision this as sort of a road rally. We have to go 100 miles in a short period of time. We’ll have a small team to keep the machines humming along. We aren’t sure what we’ll find with some of the films – we haven’t seen them yet!

Funds raised by this project will allow the A/V Geeks to allocate the time, equipment and resources needed to catalog, curate, prep, clean, digitize, post-process, upload and share the films online via the Internet Archive, Youtube, etc.

To digitize 100 miles of film we need to raise $50,000 (about $500 per mile). It’s a long road, but we are up for the challenge and hope you’ll come along for the ride.

We are raising money to digitize a chunk of our film collection. Ideally, we’d love to transfer the entire collection but that would be a huge undertaking and we wanted to start with something more manageable. One hundred miles of film is about 245 hours of 16mm content: 100 miles = 528,000 feet of film = 245 hours = over 1,000 films.

We envision this as sort of a road rally. We want to race 100 miles in a short period of time. We aren’t sure what we’ll find with some of the films because even we haven’t seen them yet. We have a list of over 1700 digitization candidates from the collection. We’ve researched their copyright status to make sure they are public domain. We’ve picked some of our favorites to be on the digitization list, but we’d also like your input. If you donate $35 or more you can vote for films to digitize.

Also, there are over 1500 films in our collection that haven’t been cataloged because the titles were ripped off the film cans and we have no idea what they are. If this project is funded, we will also spend time going through the unknown films, discovering their titles and, if they are in the public domain, potentially digitize some of them as well.

Funds raised by this project will help pay for the time and equipment needed to catalog, curate, prep, clean, digitize, post-process, upload and share the films online via and We also hope this fundraising project can be a model for future film digitization projects – not only the A/V Geeks archive but other small film archives that dot the globe, too.

We already have the 16mm telecine film transfer machine and film cleaning equipment we need. We have a small team of people ready to keep the machines humming along. We’ve digitized several thousand films and videos for other archives, including the Prelinger Archives, NASA, Duke Adviews Archive, UPenn’s Museum of Anthropology & Archeology and the Academic Film Archives of North America, and are eager to now spend time digitizing our own vast film collection. Your help can make this happen.

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