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About the Film
A FILM ABOUT ORDINARY PEOPLE, WHO BECAUSE OF THEIR LOVE OF FILM, GO ON TO LEAD EXTRAORDINARY LIVES.
REEL HEROES is a documentary that reveals the underground world of film collectors and guerrilla film preservationists who refuse to allow film to die in the digital age. They collect, share, archive, preserve and restore films -- often against enormous odds -- so that future generations can enjoy the communal film experience as it was originally intended to be.
Fifteen years in the making and self-financed by its producers, Reel Heroes is a tribute to the men and women who fell in love with film, became collectors and were willing to do whatever they could to save its flickering magic to spark the imaginations of future generations of classic film fans -- even if it meant going to jail.
Whether it's the boy collector who grew up to win an Oscar, the 17-year-old whose childhood home was raided by the FBI, or a notorious hoarder who died alone. It's a film about ordinary people, who because of their love of film, go on to lead extraordinary lives.
These are stories of passion and obsession, which ask the questions;
"What would you do to save a film?"
The answers may surprise you.
See what it takes to become a REEL HERO!
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Nick is the co-founder of REEL HEROES FILM and REEL HEROES DIGITAL, and has been producing, directing and shooting and writing award-winning film, video, stories and screenplays for clients for more than 20 years with his producing partner and wife, Antonia Carey.
A 20-year member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, Toni got her start apprenticing for an Oscar-Winning Editor on feature films for Universal and Warner Bros. When the industry moved to Canada, she formed a production company with her long time producing partner and husband, Nick Palazzo. Together they have produced, directed, edited and authored film, video, stories and screenplays for corporate, non-profit and small business clients for more than 20 years.
Sue Lawson is the founder of ChicagoEdit, and co-founder of Blue Sky Video Productions. With over 30 years in the business and multiple awards to her credit, Sue has worked on features, commercials, corporate, broadcast and educational videos for clients. Sue is President of the Chicago Creative Pro Users Group, an Apple ambassador, and serves on the board of Women in Film Chicago, among many others.
Eric Grayson is a film historian, collector, presenter and film preservationist. He runs entertaining and educational rare film programs (on actual film prints!) in 16mm and 35 mm formats in venues and festivals across the United States and Europe. As an Engineer Eric has developed several proprietary fixes that allow digital restoration of films and old kinoscopes. He has just released a dvd of his recent restoration of the 1918 Little Orphant Annie with the Library of Congress, and is currently in post on several other restoration projects.