"Films of C'ville" Series Kicks Off at C'ville Coffee

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Thursday night, never before seen films of Charlottesville will be revealed. The rare films were taken by a doctor at the University of Virginia in the 1920s – and now his son is sharing them with the whole community.   

Buddy Voshell is teaming up with the Charlottesville Historical Image Library to share images of Charlottesville his father captured more than 80 years ago. 

More than 80 years after the films were made, Voshell got a surprising phone call from someone who had found 17 50-foot rolls of film.

"He said ‘I found a box of film that has your father's name on it and he said I've been Googling people trying to find you and I'm glad that I did'," said Voshell.

The films were shot by Voshell's father.  Last year, they were found by a history buff at a hospital in Baltimore where Voshell's father worked after he left UVA.

"And he said ‘I've made a disc of those films and there's a little boy on it with a dog' and I said ‘Guess what? That little boy is me, and I'm now 88 years old'," said Voshell.

The 16 millimeter film reels capture Voshell's childhood and life in Charlottesville in the roaring 20s.

"1920 model automobiles going by and you can see the medical school, you can see a little boy peddling a fire engine, a peddle fire engine and that was me and my dog's following me around everywhere I go," said Voshell.

Voshell teamed up with the Charlottesville Historical Image Library to share these never before seen images with the community.

"These films will certainly give the viewers a sense of the community at the time and what things looked like, with the cars going by and really give a sense of the place," said Trumbull.

The "Films of C'ville" presentation features Voshell's films and color films from the 1930s and 40s, shot by Ralph Feil.   

Charlottesville photographer Steve Trumbull edited the films and gathered current photos to compare to the images of the past and Voshell provided the historical background.    

"Some people just think history's wonderful, some people say ‘Shoot that's all done with, worry about the future'. And so it just depends on how you look at life, I reckon," said Voshell.

Thursday night's  presentation is part of a monthly series on the second Thursday of each month.     

It kicks off at 7 p.m. at C'ville Coffee. Both Trumbull and Voshell will be on hand to talk about the films.

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