ALL THE THINGS I HATE ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO – VOLUME 2

RANTS AND RAVES ALL THE THINGS I HATE ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO – VOLUME TWO by Ron Merk Continuing my series of articles about my love/hate relationship with San Francisco,  the city where I live, and the proverbial, provincial and often self-absorbed narcissist by the bay, it came to my attention recently that the people who control the Golden Gate Bridge...

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MORE ABOUT FERRANIA FILM’S RESURRECTION

FILM MANUFACTURING COMPANY – RISING LIKE A PHOENIX by Ron Merk   Ferrania’s film stocks have been used in many of the great Italian films and also by other European filmmakers for decades.  But after 3M took over the company, lower demand for film stocks and other economic factors, shut down Ferrania for years.  The factories sat empty, with all...

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GLOBAL SUPER 8 DAY – OCTOBER 24TH !

October 24th is Global Super 8 Day By Ron Merk with David Pfluger Yes, it’s the 50th anniversary of the introduction of Super 8mm film into the amateur home movie making market.  If you don’t know anything about Super 8, it has a larger image area on the film and smaller sprockets on one side of the film instead of two. ...

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FILM IS ALIVE – IN ITALY – AGAIN !

IT’S ALIVE, IT’S ALIVE, IT’S ALIVE !!!!! Report by Ron Merk You probably remember that line from the original “Frankenstein” film as uttered by actor Colin Clive.  And somehow that seems appropriate for this piece about Ferrania Film in Italy, a company that ceased making film some years ago, and whose buildings sat idle and decaying, waiting for the wreckers...

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TODAY IS HOME MOVIE DAY

TODAY IS HOME MOVIE DAY– October 18, 2014 Home Movies Are a Treasure Trove of Life, History and Culture By Ron Merk For the past two years, I’ve been working on a true passion project, acquiring and assembling more than 500 collections of historically or culturally significant home movies.  What started as a search for material for a person documentary...

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REEL IN THE CLOSET

HELP PRESERVE ALL THOSE REELS IN THE CLOSET By Ron Merk  Two years ago, a film preservation project which I initiated at my company, The Preservation Project Partnerships, was created to bring the public’s awareness to the plight of the millions of feet of film that lay languishing in archives, garages, basements, attics, homes and storage lockers.  We decided to...

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