Rhonda Vigeant is an author, speaker, radio show host, and home movie consultant. She has spent her professional career, spanning 3 decades, working with home movies and legacy footage.
She is the co-owner and Vice President of Marketing at Pro8mm in Burbank, California, a company dedicated to the professional use of Super 8 film for both production and archiving for 40 years. Rhonda works one on one with her clients in providing to them professional, broadcast quality digital scans of these treasured films. This work has given her the opportunity to work with world famous moguls, prominent museums and the masses. More than 20 million feet of legacy footage in 8mm, super 8 and 16mm film of the world’s most famous faces, places and events have been transferred by her company.
Rhonda has just written her first book, GET “REEL” ABOUT YOUR HOME MOVIE LEGACY…. Before it’s Too Late! She is passionate about raising the collective consciousness and educating the public on how best to preserve, share, digitize and repurpose family legacies on film. Rhonda states, “Home movies can be used as a vital part of any genealogy project and are a journey in self discovery that can be a catalyst to shift your focus and transform your understanding of family dynamics. This can result in huge “ah ha’s”, so that you can move forward in you life.”
Rhonda is a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society, and advocates to family historians the use of home movies in their research; APPO (The Association of Personal Photo Organizers), where she uses her expertise to help the association’s members with their clients’ movie preservation needs. She has been a member of AMIA, (The Association of Moving Image Archivists), and has served as chairperson of the Small Gauge Committee for that organization. She has hosted and participated in Home Movie Day Events, and was a speaker at the “Physical Evidence Conference” at the University of Southern California on the topic of “Home Movies As Physical Evidence in Research Initiatives.” Rhonda has spoken on radio, tele-seminars and has given many presentations on the topic of home movie archiving and preservation.
Originally from Boston, she received her undergraduate degree from Elmira College and her Masters from Alfred University. She and her husband Phil have been married for 30 years. They live in Southern California, where they raised their three daughters, and above all else, enjoy their family time.
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