Home Movie Day is a Crash Course in American Culture

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Home Movie Day is a Crash Course in American Culture.
It’s a Social Event…Bring Films, Watch Films and Play Bingo!

Home Movie Day 2013 Poster

Home Movie Day 2013 Poster. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Raleigh, NC – Home Movie Day Raleigh will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 1:00-4:00pm in the auditorium at the State Archives of North Carolina, 109 East Jones Street, Raleigh. The event is free and free parking is available around the Archives. This year’s event is sponsored by the Film Studies Program at NCSU, the State Archives of North Carolina and A/V Geeks Transfer Services. Participants spend the afternoon watching amateur films and win prizes playing Home Movie Day bingo.

Members of the public are invited to bring in cinematic artifacts of their personal pasts on any film format – 8mm, Super8, 16mm home movie – as well as VHS or Video8 format (cued up, 5 minute limit) for inspection, discussion, and on-site projection. Depending on the condition of the films, attendees will have the chance to view their own films on the big screen. Equipment provided by A/V Geeks Transfer Services will allow participants to get a free transfer of their film.

Now in it’s 11th year, Home Movie Day is an international event held in local communities around the world. It provides an opportunity for attendees to bring in their home movies, learn more about their own family films, and—most importantly—watch them and share them with others! Film archivists are on site and to share information about how to care for films and videotapes so they can be enjoyed by future generations.

Because they are local events, Home Movie Day screenings can focus on family and community histories in a meaningful way.

“We would love to see more films featuring local North Carolina neighborhoods and landscapes,” says Kim Andersen of the State Archives of North Carolina. “One year someone brought footage of Avent Ferry Road in Raleigh, which was just pastures, trees and an occasional farmhouse. Home movies can give us an amazing view of how our environment and our culture has transformed over time.”

Steve B. Wiley’s family films were found in a tin breadbox in the attic. “I had never seen this footage before. The Home Movie Day experts inspected my 40-year-old Super8 film and carefully mounted the reel on the projector. I watched in amazement as my early childhood appeared on the big screen,” shares Wiley. “Home Movie Day is a wonderful event for the whole family,” Wiley continues. “My kids had a great time. It blew their little minds to see daddy as a toddler, and we all had so much fun playing Home Movie Day Bingo!”

Devin Orgeron is the Director of Film Studies at North Carolina State University, a co-sponsor of the Raleigh event. “Home Movie Day is a practical celebration of an aspect of film history that is seldom taught in textbooks or schools,” explains Orgeron. “It’s an opportunity to see how we documented ourselves prior to the digital age. It’s a social event…it’s a crash course in American Culture.” For more information about the Raleigh Home Movie Day event on October 19, please contact Devin Orgeron devin_orgeron@ncsu.edu and 919-802-5026, or visit the Raleigh Home

Movie Day website: http://www.avgeeks.com/hmd.html.

Home Movie Day 2013 Poster

For more information about Home Movie Days around the world go to http://homemovieday.com/.