Joe Rinuado, Vice Chairman
Of Joe Rinaudo’s many passions regarding old film from the silent era, antique hand-cranked projection machines are perhaps his most unique. Joe has a collection that includes early Edison, Pathe, and Keystone. But his favorite is the 1909 Powers Cameragraph model 6 that he completely restored to perfect working condition
Joe’s love of silent film started in his childhood from broadcasts on early television and a chance showing of an 8mm Charlie Chaplin film that his father brought home. He graduated from 8mm to 16mm and eventually to 35mm which necessitated the acquisition and restoration of the projectors. He currently recreates itinerant motion-picture shows for museums and theaters using these projectors with live musical accompaniment.
Joe Rinaudo is one of few private citizens to work with the Library of Congress on the preservation and restoration of Silent Films. He has recently completed the restoration of a Fotoplayer (a piano-organ, sound-effects hybrid that was used in silent movie theaters) for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their museum collection.