Home Movie Day – October 20, 2012

31 Aug

Washington University Film & Media Archive hosts the annual Home Movie Day, an international event that invites the public to share their Regular 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, VHS, and DVD home movies, on Saturday, October 20, 2012.

Home Movie Day is an international event now in its tenth year. The event was created by a group of film archivists who were concerned about the fate of filmed home movies created during the 2oth century. As people were transferring their films to VHS and DVD, they sometimes mistakenly assumed the digital or tape copies were more secure and discarded the film. To quote from the Home Movie Day site,

Original films (and the equipment required to view them) can long outlast any version on VHS tape, DVDs, or other digital media. Not only that, but contrary to the stereotype of the faded, scratched, and shaky home movie image, the original films are often carefully shot in beautiful, vibrant color—which may not be captured in a lower-resolution video transfer.

Participants of Home Movie Day can watch these unique, irreplaceable films and learn about how to care and preserve their 8mm, Super 8mm, and and 16mm films. In anticipation of the event, here is a home movie from Charlie Chaplin. Slightly more structured than most home movies, the film was shot by the young Alistair Cooke and shows Chaplin and his wife at the time, Paulette Goddard, clowning around on a yacht trip. The film has the same casual, spontaneous quality that many home movies have, even if the subject is one of cinema’s greatest comedians.

Home Movie Day will be held at the West Campus Conference Center from noon to 3 p.m. In addition to screening home movies, the event provides an opportunity to learn how to care for home movies. We also encourage people to bring home movies on video or DVD, in addition to film.

Contact the Film & Media Archive at wufilmarchives@wumail.wustl.edu or 314-935-8679, for information about including your home movies in the program.

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