Photographer buys 8mm film, home movies at Bloomington antique store

Reels of 8 mm film purchased for five bucks at Bloomington Antique Mall offered Leah Tribbett a glimpse into a family’s life captured on home movies shot decades ago.

The Indianapolis photographer is always on the lookout for vintage photo items. When she saw the gallon-sized plastic bag with five reels of film inside for sale at a booth last month, she grabbed it. 

“I figured either this film is blank, or there is actually something on here. And I have the ability to convert it,” Tribbett said.

She took the reels home, ran the 10 minutes of film through a digitizer and realized she was in the possession of someone’s preserved memories.

She spliced together a 46-second preview from the film and posted it on social media, hoping to locate someone in the family depicted. It can be viewed on Tribbett’s Facebook page at https://bit.ly/3J5dS5L.

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Photographer buys 8mm film, home movies at Bloomington antique store

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