A historic preservationist in his own right, film curator Skip Elsheimer should feel right at home during his film screening at the Charleston Music Hall this week. In the 1990s, Elsheimer cultivated more than 25,000 16 mm educational films, most of which he rescued from the trash bins at schools and libraries around the country. They’re stored in Raleigh at the A/V Geeks Educational Film Archive, which was established by Elsheimer.
Now, he spends most of his time touring the country, showing the films that many institutions have deemed useless and irrelevant. And for that, he’s sort of a hero.
Think about it this way: What if all the world maps made in the 15th century were thrown out once cartographers figured out they were completely wrong about the shape of the globe? Sure, they don’t serve much of a purpose now, but wouldn’t it seem wrong, even criminal, to have them destroyed?
Elsheimer is part of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’s “Young Contemporaries” exhibit of juried student artists, and he’ll host a brief discussion with the audience after the viewing.
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Charleston Music Hall
More info: www.charlestonmusichall.com