Dear friends at the Nomadic Academy,
I'm writing to inform you of a collaborative on-line oral history
project we hope you will find interesting and help spread the word about.
Planetary Projection will document, where possible in their own words, the
work and experiences of the world’s film projectionists, today an
endangered species. Accompanied by photographs of projectionists at work,
brief vignettes will present some of their views on cinema and their trade,
its past, present and future.
We’re looking for projectionists to contribute to the project. We'd be very
grateful for your help if you could put us in touch with the projectionists
you work with or you know.
With time, we hope to publish a selection of the on-line vignettes in book
form. Please visit our website at www.caboosebooks.net, where you will find
a one-page PDF description of the project you can circulate or post. You
will also find there a scholarly article on the film projectionist in early
cinema by Timothy Barnard, in its published English, French and Spanish
*Already there are twenty lovely submissions by projectionists from the US,
UK, Denmark, Brazil, Ireland, Macedonia, Austria, Scotland, The Netherlands
and South Africa. http://www.caboosebooks.net/planetary-projection More to come soon!*
Planetary Projection is a project of caboose, an independent scholarly film
book publisher based in Montreal. In 2009 we published an acclaimed new
English translation of selections from André Bazin’s *What is Cinema?*, and
in 2012 will be publishing the first-ever English translation of Jean-Luc
Godard’s *Introduction to a True History of Cinema and Television*, with
countless additions and corrections to the French edition.
Thank you for your interest and assistance, and we look forward to hearing
from you or the projectionists you know soon.