[This blog post was written by Kim Andersen, Audio Visual Materials Archivist in the Special Collections Section of the State Archives of North Carolina.]
Saturday, October 15, 2016, is Home Movie Day! And the State Archives of North Carolina is hosting Raleigh Home Movie Day for its 14th year! Co-sponsored by the State Archives of North Carolina, AV Geeks Transfer Services, and the Film Studies Program at NCSU, Raleigh Home Movie Day is fun for the whole family. Come join us!
Participation is simple! Rifle through your attics, dig through your closets, call up Grandma, and find your family’s home movies! Then come on down to the State Archives with up to two old reels (8mm, Super8mm, or 16mm film) or video tapes (VHS or Video8/Hi8), and we will screen at least one of them for you and the audience to enjoy! Point out people and places you recognize! As a BONUS, you’ll later get a digital transfer (downloadable file e-mailed to you or DVD mailed to you) of the home movie that you shared with us on the screen.
If you do not have any films or videos to bring, that’s OK! You can just show up and watch the films of others. It’s not just historically significant – it’s fun!
And did you know that original films can long outlast DVDs or video tape transfers if you properly take care of them? Don’t throw your films away! HOME MOVIE DAY will not only provide a wealth of free entertainment but is also an opportunity for you to learn about the long-term benefits of film versus video and digital media. Motion picture archivists will be on hand to answer all your questions and tell you how to properly store your films and plan for their future.
If you are still considering cleaning house and getting rid of your old home movies and videos, please just don’t throw them out yet! The State Archives collects and preserves old moving images of North Carolina, and while the bulk of our current holdings consist mainly of films and tapes relating to state government, we have a growing body of amateur film and are looking for more because home movies can often include glimpses of important places, and historically significant events and happenings that are not documented anywhere else. Home movies are an essential record of our past, and they are among the most authoritative documents of times gone by.
So come to Home Movie Day, learn, participate, and/or just enjoy the antics of your friends and neighbors caught on film. THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (AND parking is free)!
Saturday October 15th, 2016
1 – 4pm
State Archives of North Carolina Auditorium
109 East Jones Street
Raleigh NC 27601
Please contact Kim Andersen (AV Materials Archivist, State Archives), firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-807-7311, with any questions about Home Movie Day and/or film and video donations. And for more information about Raleigh Home Movie Day 2016 in general, please contact Skip Elsheimer (Owner, A/V Geeks), email@example.com; and/or Devin Orgeron (Professor, Film Studies, NCSU), firstname.lastname@example.org.