We all have our hobbies. There’s the stamp collectors, the gardening enthusiasts, and those who swear by Yoga.
Skip Elshimer’s hobby is a little different than most. Elseimer is the founder of A/V Geeks, a platform for preserving and showcasing the lost art of the educational 16mm film.
Remember those grainy educational films you watched in school? You know, the ones that told you about proper lunchroom manners or the wonders of the human body? Chances are, Elseimer has them all in his collection, which now includes more than 25,000 prints.
“It’s kind of based on a hobby that’s grown into something a little bit bigger,” Elseimer said of A/V Geeks. “I started realizing that these films, while corny at first, were fascinating to watch. There’s a cultural history here not really talked about or known.”
For those seeking a bit of nostalgia and a lot of fun, you’re in luck. The A/V Geeks is a travelling roadshow of sorts, finding venues across the country to present these unique films. Next stop on the tour? Pittsburgh.
Coming to the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, the A/V Geeks, in conjunction with Orro Fundraising, will present the film “When Computers Were Young” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 29.
Orro is a fundraiser that gives students, parents and organizations the opportunity to support their communities, while positively changing the environment. They are a free eco-friendly movement that collects and processes used electronics ensuring the most resourceful way of reusing, reducing or recycling each individual item to help raise money for an organization’s needs.
Those who bring electrionics they no longer need or want (with the exceptions of tube style TVs or monitors) will receive free popcorn and soda at the event. All electronics recycling through Orro will benefit the Hollywood Theater and can be dropped off from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The connection of making something old new again between A/V Geeks and Orro isn’t lost on Elseimer.
“Theres a parallel in a way,” Elseimer said. “Basically what I’ve rescued is destined for landfill. You have a lot of 16mm film thrown out. Nowadays, people just contact me. You’re returning value for something that is obsolete.”
For more information on Orro Fundraising please visitwww.OrroFundRaising.com
For free films, purchasing information on rare releases and upcoming events from the A/V Geeks, visit www.AVGeeks.com.