2013 Academy Member
Randy Gitsch (USA)
The 70mm Newsletter
by: Bill Lawrence, Halifax, UK
Gitsch with his certificate. Picture by Michael J. Cahill
All too often overlooked in the great partnership with
Randy Gitsch is a key part
of the revival of Cinerama and
a regularly welcomed guest at the
Widescreen Weekend and his
fascinating talks (with Dave) on their researches into the archives of
Randy’s association with Bradford go back to his fascinating film
"Keepers of the Frame" on
film preservation and restoration which we screened in 2000. Keepers of
the Frame fulfils Randy’s love of cinema and the preservation of its
heritage and celebrates the champions of preservation. It is the first
filmed documentary show, the history, science and struggles of those
committed to film preservation.
After graduation from college, Randy Gitsch wasted no time moving
directly to Southern California. One of his first jobs in Hollywood was
as a staff researcher in the RKO Studio Archives, which led to his
ultimately becoming that collections manager. There, Randy assisted the
BBC in their 6-part studio history, entitled "Hollywood; The Golden
Years". With more years in research and archivist, he was well
equipped to produce "Keepers of the Frame" and then to team with
Dave Strohmaier for the great
Adventure" - a journey that
we followed through the Widescreen Weekend, seeing clips, rough cuts and
ultimately the final film.
in 70mm reading:
Academy of the Widescreen Weekend
2013 Academy Member Johan Wolthuis (The
Randy Gitsch: A Bio
"Keepers of the Frame"
- complete press kit
Widescreen Weekend 2013
Widescreen Weekend home
Gitsch is inducted into the Academy of the Widescreen Weekend by Bill
Lawrence. Picture by Anders Olsson.
If we thought that would be the end of Cinerama we
were much mistaken. Having created more interest in the 3-strip format than
had been seen for many years, the team set out on a programme of
restoring the films on new digital
formats and giving us a chance to see them again in full color!
But that wasn’t the end of it and today we have witnessed the first Cinerama
the Picture") for 50 years and the culmination
of a decade of research, restoration and sheer dogged persistence in
bringing this format back to life in a dramatic way.
For this, and his continued work in film preservation and filmmaking, we are
delighted to welcome Randy Gitsch to the Academy of
the Widescreen Weekend.
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