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Meet Joseph A. Rinaudo, My Best Friend of 50 Years

by Chaz DeS­i­mone

Professor Rinaudo

Joe RinaudoPROFESSOR RINAUDOas silent cin­e­ma afi­ciona­dos call him, has been my friend for fifty years, since junior high school. Back then Joe Rin­au­do was col­lect­ing 16mm silent films and would put on shows for his friends.

Today he research­es, col­lects, restores and exhibits silent films (35mm these days) on a hand-crank pro­jec­tor, usu­al­ly with live accom­pa­ni­ment of the­ater organ or piano, as itin­er­ant shows to audi­ences in church­es and halls, just like it was done 100 years ago.

Twice a year Joe brings his itin­er­ant show to the opu­lent Nether­cutt Muse­um in Syl­mar, Cal­i­for­nia. He is invit­ed reg­u­lar­ly to hand-crank his 1909 Pow­ers Cin­ema­graph for spe­cial screen­ings at the Acad­e­my of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences (Oscars). Joe is also con­sul­tant and provider of restored films to the Library of Con­gress.

Please read the full sto­ry of Joe’s pas­sion for silent film here.