A series of 8mm films shot by the Togni family, the famous dynasty of circus artists, between the 1940s and the 1970s were found inside a circus wagon in horrible shape. The reels were restored in collaboration between La Camera Ottica and Home Movies and since then it has been presented with live music.
“The films were found inside a circus wagon in horrible shape. Time and poor conservation had had their effects on them, making it impossible to project them. We found them stuck together, encrusted by humidity, mold, dust, horribly dirty. Thanks to new cleaning techniques we experimented with, we were able to recuperate almost all of them. The images reappeared.” Associazione Home Movies, Laboratorio La camera ottica
Founded in 2002 Home Movies, Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia is an institution based in Bologna, its mission being the gathering, treatment, preservation and keeping of home and family films from the region Emilia Romagna. This is then a historic archive, whose mission focus on saving the private filmic memory. The archive is resposible for preserving, cataloguing and showcasing amateur filmes all around Italy, this is a work only accomplished by the collaboration with other artists and academics. Home Movies often organizes screening sessions, instalations and exhbitions so that the archive is open to the community.
Cinema lab La Camera Ottica and CREA was born in 2002, as part of post grad studies at University of Udine in Gorizia, aiming at education, training and scientific research. The lab works in the field of preservation, recovery in the film and audiovisual sector. The modality CREA (Centre for research and audiovisual processing) is involved in production and post production in cinema and audiovisual.