Saturday, October 18, is Home Movie Day

Do you have old home movies created by familiar members some years ago? If so, mark this date on your calendar: October 18, 2014.

Shot on 8 mm, Super 8, and 16 mm film, the movies often contain cherished family memories and invaluable social and historical images, but few people have the equipment to view them. Fewer still know how to maintain them for future generations.

If you do not see the video above on your screen, you can watch it at: http://vimeo.com/103197932.

According to the Center for Home Movies’ web site: Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually at many local venues worldwide. Home Movie Day events provide the opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community, and to see their neighbors’ in turn. It’s a chance to discover why to care about these films and to learn how best to care for them. Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually at many local venues worldwide. Home Movie Day events provide the opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community, and to see their neighbors’ in turn. It’s a chance to discover why to care about these films and to learn how best to care for them.”

Home Movie Day is an internationally organized event that began in 2003, when a small group of film archivists decided to try and save the countless reels of home movies shot on film during the 20th century. Today as many as 100 venues worldwide take part in the event, including events throughout North America, Europe, and a few in Asia.

While many families wish to preserve the movies of earlier relatives,a growing number of local archives, museums, and historical societies are also interested in collecting home movies of regular people–not just celebrities and major events. Perhaps you should also be digging those old films out of the storage boxes and taking them to a local home movie event.

The Center for Home Movies’ web site may be found at http://www.centerforhomemovies.org. Go to http://www.centerforhomemovies.org/locations2014/ to find the Home Movie Day event nearest you.

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The map is missing the Chicago location (Chicago History Museum). For more information:

HOME MOVIE DAY

Saturday, Oct 18, 2014, 11:00 AM

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St Chicago, IL

4 Historians Attending

Please join our friends, Chicago Film Archives and Northwest Chicago Film Society as they present, “Home Movie Days”.Home movies provide invaluable records of our families and our communities: they document vanished storefronts, questionable fashions, adorable pets, long-departed loved ones, and neighborhoods-in-transition. Many Chicagoans still …

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Barbara Sontz, New York October 8, 2014 at 8:40 am

I had about a dozen 8mm reels shot at family gatherings at my grandmother’s house in the 1950s. Years ago, they were transferred to VCR format and, for this year’s family reunion, I had them converted to a DVD. One of the younger cousins loaded it to our family’s Facebook page. So, we were able to share it with the 62 people who attended the reunion (5 generations – 8 states) and our internet cousins. They are a treasure!

My father was one of five brothers. I love that you can watch The Boys interacting with their nieces and nephews and, if you didn’t know, you couldn’t figure out who was a father and who was an uncle – The Boys just loved us all. And, at every event, at some time the kids lined up “in size place” and paraded in front of the camera. There were so many of us that some order need to be established!

If you have old films hidden away, I strongly encourage you to get them out, convert them and share them.

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    I couldn’t agree with you more – they are a priceless heritage. I had ours done a few years ago and while one of my children had a bad relationship with his father, he was blown away to see just how often we did “family” outings and how the two of them got along so well in the early years. Seeing all that has changed his memories of his father from the negative to the positive! Worth every penny of the cost of transfers just for that result.
    Mary

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