Home Movie Day in St. Louis, October 20, 2012

12 Oct

Come join us for Home Movie Day in St. Louis!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

West Campus Conference Center

Noon- 3 pm

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. In addition to screening home movies, the event provides an opportunity to learn how to care for home movies.

Home Movie Day in St. Louis is a free event and will be held at the West Campus Conference Center from noon to 3 pm on Saturday, October 20, 2012.

This year we are proud to debut a recently preserved film featuring the only known footage of the influential writer, editor, and critic, Ford Madox Ford. Washington University’s Film & Media Archive was recently awarded a National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) grant to preserve the George T. Keating Home Movie featuring Ford Madox Ford. This 16mm film consists of images of Mr. Ford enjoying an afternoon with family members and friends on the grounds of Mr. Keating’s home in Plainfield, New Jersey, circa 1929. As the only known footage of Mr. Ford in existence, this rare portrait preserves the legacy of one of the most prolific writers of modernist literature.

George T. Keating Home Movie featuring Ford Madox Ford

George T. Keating Home Movie featuring Ford Madox Ford

In addition to this rare find, and a program of films from the Film & Media Archive’s Collection, we will be screening participants home movies. Home Movie Day is an annual international event that was started ten years ago by a group of film archivists who were concerned about the fate and condition of the home movies of the 20th century. As technology changed people began to get their films transferred to VHS and DVD, and sometimes discarded the original films. Participants of Home Movie Day can watch these unique, irreplaceable films and learn about how to care and preserve their 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm films. As the Home Movie Day site states,

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.

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

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