About 3 years ago I was contacted by Mary Riley about having represent their winning collections. We were of course floored!  With 5 Academy Award nominations and 2 wins, the Theatrical Short Subject Series were produced from 1935 to 1950 and premiered as one of Paramount Pictures biggest theatrical feature films of the day.

A few months later, my partner Ulrike and I met Mary Riley and Mark Punswick in San Francisco and the preservation project for this wonderful got started.

We were even luckily enough to have a picture taken with the Oscar.  Hard to describe the feeling when we got to hold such a renowned award in our own hands.

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We are very proud to represent the following exceptional collections:

Popular Science®

During its three decade run (1930s to the 1950s), the “Popular Science®” historic cinema series received honors and acclaim from the motion picture industry and fans alike, garnering 3 Academy Award nominations as Best Short Subject of the Year as well as a “Grand Award” as the Best Short Subject of the Year by vote of the movie going audience (then numbering 100 million plus each and every week). These remarkably retro and wonderfully whimsical shorts introduced a global audience to a vast array of awe-inspiring discoveries & inventions and gizmos & gadgets from the world of science and industry. The Birth of Television, Cars of Tomorrow, The Flying Wing Airplane, Moon Rockets, Frank Lloyd Wright, The Home of Tomorrow, Medical Breakthroughs and the craziest collection of outrageous contraptions ever assembled are all featured in this amazing collection. Filmed in beautiful Nitrate Cinecolor and Magnacolor, there are 72 individual ten minute episodes presenting hundreds and hundreds of fascinating stories.

The “Unusual Occupations” series of theatrical short subjects was produced by Jerry Fairbanks Studios and released by Paramount Pictures from 1937 through 1949. This remarkable collection throws a spotlight on ordinary, everyday people who chose “the path less taken” in pursuit of extraordinary odd jobs, crazy careers and hysterical hobbies.

“Unusual Occupations” is also an incredible chronicle of pop culture, lifestyles and remarkable achievements by individuals the world over. Sometimes outrageous (a woman who kills fleas, outfits them in evening attire and then sells them), often remarkable (a young illustrator shows-off his line of fanciful sculptures – the first footage ever captured of a young Dr. Seuss) and always enlightening (meet Conchita Cintron – the world’s first female bullfighter), these astounding hidden histories are more riveting today than when they first premiered. Filmed in beautiful 35mm Nitrate Cinecolor and Magnacolor, there are 74 individual ten minute episodes presenting hundreds and hundreds of compelling stories.

Speaking Of Animals

The “Speaking Of Animals” series of theatrical short subjects was produced by Jerry Fairbanks Studios and released by Paramount Pictures from 1941 through 1950. Created by legendary Hollywood animation genius Tex Avery, “Speaking of Animals” was the very first motion picture series to combine real live animals with groundbreaking special effects that allowed our critter cousins to talk, sing and crack jokes just like we people do.

The winner of 2 Academy Awards as Best Short Subject of the Year, “Speaking of Animals” presents a variety of mini-movies with animals in the starring roles (a talking monkey western complete with costumes and miniature sets & props; a cantina south of the border whose customers are all talking dogs; a visit to a canine hillbilly hootenanny), these one reel wonders also showcase wildlife explorations with fun facts provided by the animals themselves. Filmed in 35mm Nitrate, there are 50 individual ten minute episodes in this collection.

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Stephan