Old circus, new technology arts and entertainment

SARASOTA – Old films may become new again as the John and Mable Ringling Art Museum operates in archives of 410 historical circus films.

Some of the films are from 1926.

The museum has acquired technology to convert and preserve analog films for digital use, a press release said.

“We are bringing these films to Diginole and other FSU websites to make them accessible using modern technology such as cell phones and computers,” said chief archivist Heidi Connor in the press release. “Circuses are fascinating and we need to see them in motion. We’d like to invite the circus community and others to contribute their own films so we can turn them into videos before it’s too late. “

The Ringling works with Filmic Technologies.

Josef Marc, President of Filmic Technologies, trains the Ringling employees in the operation of the devices. The press release said.

“The Ringling will have videos of their entire collection in just a few months,” said Marc. “This is a new technology specifically designed for quickly reviving movie collections. It is automated so that the archivists’ existing responsibilities are not compromised. “

The staff hope to make the historical film and stills available to the public in the near future.

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