International Home Movie Day is Saturday, Oct. 20
Bring-your-own-film event is free and open to public; enjoy screenings and learn how to care for your home movies
For Release 2012-10-10
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — You are invited to celebrate home movies in Rochester on Saturday, Oct. 20, as part of the 10th annual International Home Movie Day, which takes place simultaneously in cities around the globe. The Rochester celebration will be Noon to 4 p.m. at University of Rochester River Campus in collaboration with George Eastman House and the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. The event, which is free and open to the public, is a worldwide celebration of home movies and amateur films that provides the opportunity for communities to see and share home movies, and learn how best to store and properly care for them. Staff and students also will share information as to how and where to have your films and tapes transferred, so you can watch obsolete formats, once again, at home.
If you have home movies on film that you've never seen, or haven't watched since you inherited them from your grandparents — don't let your films decay or remain unviewed. International Home Movie Day provides the opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community or see their neighbors' in turn. Bring with you your 8mm, super-8, or 16mm films — and new this year, VHS tapes — which will be inspected by trained archivists and technicians prior to projection. Films can be dropped off beginning at 11 a.m., with screenings continuously happening between Noon and 4 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library.
The featured movies do not need to be your own family's, but can also include found films. All reels and tapes will be inspected by trained staff and all submissions will be returned. Participants are invited to provide commentary about their films with the audience or play music. In addition to the movies from the public, Home Movie Day also will feature screenings from the Eastman House and University of Rochester archives.
Admission to and participation in the event is free but donations will be accepted. For more information please call (585) 271-3361 ext. 396, or visit homemovieday.com. There is free weekend parking in campus lots as well as metered parking available. Refreshments are generously provided by Wegmans.
Here’s what Martin Scorsese had to say about International Home Movie Day:
“Saving our film heritage should not be limited only to commercially produced films. Home Movie Day is a celebration of these films and the people who shot them. This is a truly special way of celebrating this often over-looked area of our film history, and I congratulate George Eastman House for supporting this important initiative.”
And Leonard Maltin:
“The films you'll see at Home Movie Day enable those of us who weren’t around at the time to visit moments like the New York World’s Fair of 1939-40, and I for one can’t get enough of those. Documentary filmmakers build whole features around such footage, and I’m sure historians will continue to rely on amateur movies to tell them what life was like in 20th century America.”
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