When two friends visited an antique store in their hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, they never dreamed they would walk out with a collection valued at over $10 million. Marilyn Wagner and DJ Ginsberg paid only $2,000 for what turned out to be an exciting and unique piece of motion picture history.
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Inside hundreds of boxes, they found more than 60,000 letterpress blocks and plates that were once used to print newspaper advertisements for movie releases from the silent era through 1984.
Wagner and Ginsberg have painstakingly catalogued the boxes, cleaning and restoring each block to its former glory. In this short film by Adam Roffman, the two friends reflect on the influence of cinema in their own lives and the importance of storytelling to the human experience. “When someone does acquire the collection, I’m hoping they would […] set up the press and re-strike some of these pieces,” says Ginsberg. “And now, everybody can take a little piece of 50 years of motion picture history home with them.”
Directed and produced by Adam Roffman.
Cinematography and editing by Nathaniel Hansen.
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