8mmezzo is a cultural association aiming to revive the old films abandoned in attics and storage rooms. We work to become a reference in finding, digitizing and archiving old movies shot on 8mm, super8 and 16mm film. If you are interested in taking part in this challenge, bring us your old films!
Old family movies shot on 8mm, Super8 and 16mm from the 30s to the 90s constitute an immense patrimony of individual testimonies – often unrevealed – of phenomena that have deeply marked our society.
In observing these movies, you can see not only private family scenes (baptisms, weddings, birthday parties, etc.), but also discover the everyday life of the past: places, travels, collective rituals, sports and public events that belong to the historical memory.
This great collective memory constitutes an essential heritage of our history to be understood as a history of a territory and the customs of its inhabitants.
The situation of these film material is today dramatic: generations of film enthusiasts have disappeared or are now inactive.
Most of them and their heirs are no longer able to project their movies. In addition, the films are stored in unsuitable places for their conservation (e.g. in attics or basements where deterioration inexorably occurs if no action is taken).
The cultural association 8mmezzo works for the rescue, digitization and restoration of this material. Old family movies will be cataloged, archived and made visible on an online platform able to give them new life.
FIND:It all started with the recovery of old small gauge films from Tuscan families. Today we also seek out films from distant shores.
RESTORE:We treat and repair the films carrying out traditional cleaning and recovery processes.
DIGITIZE:We digitize the films in Full HD by means of a film scanner, purchased with the money raised through a crowdfunding. The images captured by the scanner are digitally restored, thus obtaining better enjoyable final movies.
ARCHIVE: All the films treated by 8mmezzo are archived and cataloged according to European archiving standards.
ON-LINE:The digital files become part of an open-access digital library that can be consulted on the internet. This provides the opportunity to re-use the material in different ways and with various purposes.
bring your reels.
Scenes of everyday life, crafts, events, sports, and amateur shooting of any kind. The family holidays at the seaside shot by your parents, or the images showing some old profession now disappeared…this is what we are looking for! All film owners that send their reels to 8mmezzo will receive for free their digitized movies on DVD.
MICHELE LEZZA Graduated at the ZeLIG in Bolzano as a documentary filmmaker. Worked for 17 years in video-production. Actually works as DIT (Digital Image Technician) in the film industry. Michele is the creator of 8mmezzo, providing the skills as a colorist and digital restorer that he gained in the field of cinematography. For more information www.michelezza.it.
FRANCESCO PACINI Born in 1982. Freelance camera operator and film editor. Active for many years in various fields of culture, video and entertainment. Francesco has been always passionate for film. He is the real technician of 8mm. The digitization always passes by his hands.
SARAH BOVANI Born in 1978. Graduated in literature and specialized in art history in Pisa. He started working in a bookstore and today he works in a library, archiving, cataloging and advising books! Her organization and precision is art. She is our expert for everything related to archives and cataloging.
GIORGIO TRUMPY After graduating in science for cultural heritage in Florence, becomes a researcher. He got his PhD in Basel working on a project for digitization and restoration of motion picture films. After two years at the National Gallery in Washington DC, Giorgio came back to Switzerland to work on technology and aesthetics of film colors at the University of Zurich. He is our mentor on any aspect related to film digitization.
This project is entirely self-financed. If you are interested in cinema and in preserving old films, you can help us too. You just have to bring us your old films in 8mm, super8 and 16mm or tell your friends, colleagues, and family about us. Share our Facebook page. Follow us on our social channels (located at the bottom of the site). Sign up to receive our newsletter.
DONATE Join the 8mmezzo family. Buy one of our t-shirts “Anacronistico è bello”. Donate us hard-disks, projectors, cameras, and other anachronistic film memorabilia that you do not use anymore.
VOLUNTEER Provide your professionalism for the project: graphics, video makers, photographers, ITs, archivists, designers can help the project.
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