Film archiving can be laborious, tiresome, cramped work. Most people in their right minds hate it. And when you're dealing with films that played in the aptly-named "grindhouses" it's even tougher.
But there is a fun side: onscreen inspections. At the semi-irregular AGFA Reel One Parties, the fine folks at the non-profit American Genre Film Archive get together and assemble five "reel ones" for onscreen inspection. Each reel is about twenty minutes long and is the start of the movie. We take notes as to condition, credits, etc, and we have a few beers and a few laughs. For the general audience, it is a maddening stop/start experience, but for enthusiasts of film discoveries it's like a trip to Disneyworld.
The last few times we've done this we have opened the doors to the public. It's been called "interesting", "fun", and "confusing."
Naturally we're doing it again, and because we're trying to get better every day we have introduced a new component of the show. After it's all over we will ask you the audience which film you'd like to see all the way through - then we'll screen it later that night. If you attend the Reel One Party the late show is free (though you are free to make a donation). If you're just going to the late show it will set you back a $3 donation to a very good cause - AGFA.
This is high-level film nerd stuff. But if you have the love of movies in your bloodstream, this may just be the fix you need. Tickets are already, amazingly. selling fast. so buy your tickets today.