I'm making a unique documentary
and preserving our performance history.
But I need YOUR help. And I need it now!
Please watch this video, then read on
to see how YOU can help make it happen!
This historically important project is well under way.
Now I need YOU to help me complete it.
Hi. I'm Allin Kempthorne. And I'm on a mission!
I'm passionately hunting down, discovering and uncovering original vintage films of circus, music hall and variety entertainers from the Victorian and Edwardian years.
The years 1890-1920 saw the first widespread use of film technology, so these are amongst the earliest films ever of circus and variety performers. Films corrode and crumble over time, and the memories they hold become lost for ever! It's a miracle that any of these have survived.
I'm talking with film archives, private collectors and individuals across Britain, Europe and America, and have so far collected over 80 short films, including wonderful and inspiring performances from trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns, dancers, acrobats, magicians and more.
These are amazing films, and should be out there being seen. I trained at circus school myself, and make my living as an entertainer. I feel passionately the historical value of preserving these films and enabling them to be seen by the widest possible of audiences. I hope you've just watched the video above and are sharing my excitement at being able to save, collect and bring to a wider public, so many of these valuable old films.
But we have to act NOW before any more are damaged or lost forever!
With the help of the many people and businesses large and small who are offering us vintage films or financial assistance, Wibbell Productions are working these inspiring films into a compelling documentary to be released on DVD.
Please, please, please help us make it happen!
THERE ARE THREE MAIN WAYS YOU CAN HELP US WITH THIS PROJECT:
1: WE NEED TO FIND MORE FILMS!
Do you know ANYONE who might have some old film of any performers? Maybe a collector of circus or music hall memorabelia, an amateur or professional historians, or just someone who's grandfather left them some old films in the attic?
We desperately want to find these films. It takes time to clean up and save the film, copy it to digital, research the performer and clear the copyright, and we're hoping to get this documentary DVD out very soon. So we're really up against the clock!
And if you're involved in an archive film library and have relevant films, please consider making some of them available to us. It would be a real pity for your library to not be name checked and included in this collection.
Please, please, please think very hard, and if there's ANYONE who you think can help, email them NOW and ask them to read about us here on www.wibbell.co.uk/vaudeville.html
2: WE NEED SPONSORS!
For any business involved in circus or show business, we can get their company name a greater and well targeted recognition in the modern circus arts community. AND they can make a real difference, helping us preserve this historically valuable circus, vaudeville and music hall heritage in the process.
We've put together sponsorship opportunities to suit any budget, that your business can really benefit from.
If you know of ANY business, circus school, circus equipment shop or manufacturer, large or small, who you think might like to get involved, please, please, please tell them to email us and ask us for our sponsor pack.
3: JOIN OUR MAILING LIST!
For everybody else, the best way you can help is simply to stay in touch. Join our mailing list and we'll keep you up to date on how this uniquely valuable and highly exciting project progresses.