The Ringling Archives Bring the Circus Life Back to Life with Cutting Edge Technology

Arts & Culture

The archives at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is diligently working on making old films new. The archives that serve as the repository for 410 historic circus films from as far back as 1926, has acquired new technology that allows them to not only convert the analog films for digital use, but to preserve and correct them. High-resolution still photos can also be captured from the films. "We're bringing these films to FSU's Diginole and other sites to make them accessible in modern technology like cellphones and computers," said Heidi Connor, Chief archivist. "Circuses are fascinating and we need to see them in motion. We want to invite the circus community and others to contribute their own films for us to turn into videos before it's too late."

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