[This announcement comes from Kim Andersen, Audio Visual Materials Archivist in the Special Collections Section of the State Archives of North Carolina.]
What hidden treasures lie in those old home movies that you have in the closet? Come to Home Movie Day and find out the value of these unique cultural and historical documents and how to save them for future generations. Spend the afternoon watching old films and playing Home Movie Day bingo. Go home with prizes and get a free digital transfer of your screened film!
Raleigh Home Movie Day
Brought to you by A/V Geeks, NCSU Film Studies, and State Archives of North Carolina.
Saturday October 21, 2017
1pm – 4pm
Free and Open to the Public
State Archives of North Carolina in downtown Raleigh.
109 East Jones Street, First Floor Auditorium.
Free & easy parking in lot across the street or street parking.
For more information, see our flyer: 2017HMDFlier
Home Movie Day was started in 2002 as a worldwide celebration of amateur home movies, during which people in cities and towns all over would get to meet local film archivists, find out about the long-term benefits of film versus video and digital media, and – most importantly – get to watch those old family films! Home movies are an essential record of our past, and they are among the most authoritative documents of times gone by.
How Can People Participate?
It’s simple: rifle through your attics, dig through your closets, call Grandma, and discover your family’s home movies (8mm, Super8mm, 16mm, Video8, or VHS). Then come on down to the State Archives with up to two old reels or video tapes, 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 don’t have any home movies of your own, come to enjoy the memories your neighbors bring. It’s fun and educational! Raleigh HMD will also be featuring Home Movie Day Bingo with prizes for the WHOLE FAMILY!
A Brief History
Home Movie Day was started by a group of film archivists concerned about what would happen to all the home movies shot on film during the 20th century. They knew many people out there have boxes full of family memories that they’ve never seen for lack of a projector, or fears that the films were too fragile to be viewed again. They also knew that many people were having their amateur films transferred to videotape or DVD, with the mistaken idea that their new digital copies would last forever and the “obsolete” films could be discarded. Original films can long outlast any film or video transfer and are an important part of our cultural history! For more information about the other Home Movie Days around the world, visit the Home Movie Day site http://www.homemovieday.com/.
Skip Elsheimer, A/V Geeks, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-247-7752;
Kim Andersen, Audiovisual Materials, State Archives of North Carolina, email@example.com, 919-807-7311; Devin Orgeron, NCSU Film Studies, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-802-5026