Bringing Back Films Alive

A Celluloid Detective’s Adventures in the World’s Deepest, Darkest Vaults and Beyond By Russell Merritt When I remember David Shepard, I think of high adventure, the kind that turns film reclamation into a series of quests, conspiracies, improbable partnerships, witty banter, and second story work.


An Interview with David Shepard Excerpt from Georges Méliès’ Conquest of the Pole Jeff Joseph and Dennis Bartok recently published their fascinating book on movie collectors, A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies. It is filled with passionate film buffs, crazy characters, chases, FBI raids (including the arrest […]


By Gary Meyer 3000 cream pies, scandalous behavior, Japanese gangsters, a love triangle on the trapeze, courtroom hilarity, a barbarous crew of submariners, a behind-the-scenes look at moviemaking with comedy and suspense, an unexpected drama of race relations in the early 20th Century with Michael Morgan conducting members of the Oakland Symphony and Chorus, amazing […]

EAT MY SHORTS- A Pie in the Eye

Monday, March 14 is National π Day and we thought it would be fun to have a special Pie edition of Eat My Shorts. In late 2015 it was reported that the long-thought-lost complete Laurel and Hardy two reeler The Battle of The Century had been found. Bay Area collector Jon Mirsalis acquired a large […]