Home Movie Day

Home Movie Day is the perfect opportunity for people to connect with our past and to move the conversation about preserving our cultural heritage into the future.    – Ken Burns

Home Movie Day PSA – YouTube.

Do you remember the ritual of hauling out the family film projector to watch recently shot home movies –  from the latest vacation, family event or special occasion – and then rarely, if ever, watching the films again?

Many people have boxes of old family films squirreled away in their attics or basements that they have saved over the years (or recently inherited) that they’ve never seen for lack of a (working) projector, or the knowledge of how to handle and assess their films. Many of these same people may have decided to have their films transferred to DVD or [horror!] videotape, mistakenly believing that this new copy would last forever and the original films (thought now to be obsolete) could be thrown away. Well, we all know now how far into the future VHS videotape took us.

HOME MOVIE DAY to the rescue!

Home Movie Day (HMD) is an annual event, held in local venues worldwide, celebrating amateur films and filmmaking. It was conceived as a community event in 2002 by a group of film archivists concerned about the future of all the home movies shot on film during the 20th Century. At a Home Movie Day event members of the public are encouraged to bring their home movies (8mm, Super 8 and 16mm films), where trained staff can assess their condition and (if safe to do so) project them on the big screen to the group of attendees. A HMD event is a way for the public to learn about the “archival advantages of film over video and digital media” and a great opportunity to meet their local film archivists. HMD is a celebration of celluloid designed to bring awareness to film and moving image preservation and an opportunity to watch some pretty cool home movies.

Home movies do not just capture the important private moments of our family’s lives, but they are historical and cultural documents as well…. Home Movie Day is a celebration of these films and the people who shot them. I urge anyone with an interest in learning more about how to care for and preserve their own personal memories to join in the festivities being offered in their community…”    – Martin Scorsese

After several years of absence, Home Movie Day is coming back to Vancouver. Open to the public, this free event will be held on October 19, 2013 in ‘The Hangar’ at the Centre for Digital Media, Great Northern Way campus. More information about this event to come.

“Don’t Let your films decay! Take them to Home Movie Day!”

Home Movie Day 10 trailer 2012 PSA – YouTube.

To find a Home Movie Day in your area check out: http://www.homemovieday.com/locations.html

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