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329 West 18th Street Suite #610
Chicago, Illinois 60616
(312) 243-1808

Friday, February 5th 2016 - Wednesday, March 30th 2016

CFA Film Sale 2016!

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We are hosting our second CFA film sale to make way for new collections – Friday, February 5th (10AM-4PM) and Saturday, February 6th (10AM-1PM). Tell your film loving friends and family! Great found footage for film students and media artists! You can call beforehand to take claim on a title or two, or just come to Suite #610 on the days of the sale. We can ship as well (all shipping charges handled by customer).

Below you will find a web link to the list of films for sale. We have listed titles, gauge, length (in feet), as well as notes on color fading and sound. We cannot confirm the exact condition of the reels beyond what is listed below (so purchase at your own risk! or if possible, feel free to stop by to examine the conditions yourself).

Many items in the sale are typical of what you would’ve found in a public library circulating film collection; short animations, education programs, and a handful of feature films and series. If you are looking for more information on the titles, please consult databases such as imdb or WorldCat.

Please note that 3 of the 4 series (AMERICA, ROOTS, and SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII) on our list are presumed color faded. We looked at the first reel of each series to determine the fading of prints, so there’s a small chance that all episodes may not be faded (emphasis on *small*). The opposite goes for the FAT ALBERT series, whose first episode appears to be in great shape. If you are interested in purchasing a series, please contact us before the sale to reserve this purchase.
The film sale will be ongoing through March 2016. Give us a call, email us, or stop by the office during business hours to claim titles. Keep an eye out for another weekend sale day in March as well!


Chicago Film Archives’s Office
329 W. 18th St., Suite #610
Chicago, IL 60616, go to map
Phone: (312) 243-1808
Parking: Free public parking on Stewart St. (across the street from our building) or in the lot off the east side of Stewart looking towards the Loop. 1 hour guest parking in the garage level of our building off of 18th Street.
Public Transit: Red line to Cermak/Chinatown


Friday February 5th: 10am-4pm
Saturday February 6th: 10am-1pm
2/9-3/30: 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday


$5/faded film
$10/film in good condition
$15/Disney film
$100/ROOTS series (presumed faded)
$100/AMERICA series (presumed faded)
$100/ SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII series (presumed faded)
$200/FAT ALBERT series.


Follow the link! – [CLOSED - SALE HAS ENDED]



The arrival of the Kinetta Archival Film Scanner

Amy here. I arrived at CFA two months ago to serve as Digital Collections Manager. One of the cardinal reasons I was brought onto the CFA team was to help guide a refining and expansion of the archive’s digital initiatives, with the Kinetta Archival Film Scanner being a big part of the initiative. As we awaited the arrival of the scanner, I took the time to familiarize myself with the digital collection and how it’s currently organized.

CFA’s current digital collection is largely comprised of standard definition video files that act as surrogates for access to films in the archive. Many of the files have been generated by digitizing our films with our Tobin telecine machines and processed using various video editing softwares; tools which have been integral to our client services and internal operations for years. The few high definition video files that exist in CFA’s digital collection have been acquired from vendors that have processed our preservation works, partly thanks to grants funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF). CFA puts a huge emphasis on access, and although providing access to moving image film is the archive’s focus, providing access to films via digital media has been a crucial and realistic action for our operation. As I rifled through the archive’s various digital storage drives and digital metadata in the database, I got a clear impression that CFA was absolutely ready to formalize and intensify their digital collection holdings.

And then the Kinetta film scanner arrived. And we turned it on. And we ran a film through it that showed up so sharp on the monitor that it made us catch our breath. We were definitely not looking at a film anymore, but we were looking at a gorgeous interpretation of a film.

The Kinetta, a creation developed by Jeff Kreines, was made with an archival environment in mind. The scanner can accommodate the handling of a film in healthy condition, and it can handle a film that has been beaten up and shrunken. CFA has films that fall into both of those categories and every category in between. Jeff sat with the staff for a week to help us acclimate to the new equipment, new related softwares, and new file creation capabilities. Jeff knows film, and has made digital technology its true complement with the scanner.


Jeff at the controls

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