Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year, and Farewell to a Beloved Film Collector

First off, let me wish everyone peace and prosperity for 2008!

The film collecting and historian community's new year has been shadowed by the passing of Harold "Rusty" Casselton on December 30th, from complications from liver cancer.

I knew Rusty only through some vague email correspondence but I can tell you he was a generous man and invaluable resource to the film history community. A short bio on Rusty is given below, borrowed from

Rusty Casselton (1954-2007) film professor, historian, and collector. Harold "Rusty" Casselton was a student, teaching assistant, long-time friend and business partner of Ted Larson. Casselton taught for many years at Concordia College before becoming Director of Film Studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2001. He was a nationally known and respected restorer of rare and silent films.

Here is a good article with all the details. You may need to sign up to see it:§ion=news

Rest in peace Rusty, you will be missed.


Craig D said...

WOW! I've met and done business with Rusty on several occasions over the year. Sorry to hear of his passing.

Jackie said...

I attended the theatre program at MSUM and worked with many of Rusty's students on student films. He was such a wonderful man...we bonded for our passion for film and for the fact we both have young children. It saddens me I am on the east coast and am unable to attend his funeral...