Joe Rinaudo Plays the American Fotoplayer

Joe Rin­au­do, founder of SCAT — The Silent Cin­e­ma Art & Tech­nol­o­gy Soci­ety — plays his Amer­i­can Foto­play­er in this seg­ment from Huell Howser’s Cal­i­for­nia Gold:

This machine is in Joe’s living room. Think the neighbors mind?

Con­tin­ue read­ing Joe Rin­au­do Plays the Amer­i­can Foto­play­er

Welcome to the Silent Cinema Society

The Silent Cin­e­ma Soci­ety, found­ed to pre­serve—


—is  a com­mu­ni­ty of, by and for every­one who is fas­ci­nat­ed and enter­tained by silent cin­e­ma and its relat­ed tal­ents and tech­nol­o­gy.

20140826141931-silent_film_setWhether it’s the his­to­ry, the preser­va­tion, the machin­ery, the tal­ent — or just curios­i­ty and enter­tain­ment — that you are here for, wel­come.

This web­site is just part of the com­mit­ment each of us has in keep­ing silent cin­e­ma alive. Some of us restore film and pro­jec­tors, some pro­vide live music at the organ or piano, and many boo, hiss and laugh from the audi­ence as they are enter­tained in the fash­ion of the silent cin­e­ma era.

Please read more about the Silent Cin­e­ma Soci­ety here…


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.



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