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Home Movie Day Spotlights Families, Communities and Roadtrips!

[This press release comes from Kim Andersen, Audio Visual Materials Archivist in the Special Collections Section of the State Archives of North Carolina.]

Home Movie Day Spotlights Families,
Communities and Roadtrips!

It’s a Social Event…Bring Films, Watch Films and Play Bingo!

Raleigh, NC – Home Movie Day Raleigh will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014
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 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 onsite
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 its 12th 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.

“Home movies can allow us glimpses into the lives of regular people.” says Kim
Andersen of the State Archives of North Carolina. “These little movies provide
insight into that one person or family at a particular point in time and also, when studied with other films shot in and around the same time and locale, can show trends and shed invaluable light on socioeconomic groups and communities. Home movies are compact vignettes of life pithy little snippets chock full of detail and nuance that convey vastly more in much less time and space than a written document or a still image even.”

Charles Story attended the 2013 Home Movie Day event. He remembers, “seeing
the look of pure amazement and joy on people’s faces as they see themselves and
their loved ones, some who have been gone for decades, makes Home Movie Day
a truly unique experience. Hearing participants talk about what they are seeing on
the screen makes a full auditorium feel like a relatives living room, familiar and
comfortable.”

Devin Orgeron is the Director of Film Studies at North Carolina State University, a cosponsor of the Raleigh event. “I’ve been a part of Home Movie Day for years now, and each year tops the previous year in terms of turnout and interesting material.” explains Orgeron. “What impressed me about last year’s event was the sheer number of local film lovers who came out, with or without films to show. I tell my students this every year and I think they are starting to get it now: you can’t really call yourself a film nerd and miss this event.”

For more information about the Raleigh Home Movie Day event on October 18,
please contact Devin Orgeron devin_orgeron@ncsu.edu or visit the Raleigh Home
Movie Day website: http://www.avgeeks.com/hmd.html

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

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Reminder: Home Movie Day is Saturday, Oct. 19

Home Movie Day 2013 Poster

Home Movie Day 2013 Poster

Please join us on Saturday, from 1-4 pm at the State Archives of North Carolina for Home Movie Day. For more details, see the original blog post on Home Movie Day.

For driving directions, parking information, or public transit links related to the State Archives and Library building, see the visit us page.

Home Movie Day is a Crash Course in American Culture

[ This press release comes from the Division of Archives and Records. To read about other Division of Archives and Records events, visit our news and events page.]

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/.

Triangle Home Movie Day To Be Held on October 20th

[This post comes from our Non-Textual Materials Archivist, Kim Cumber.]

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 day watching old films and playing Home Movie Day bingo. Go home with prizes and a free transfer of your film!

Triangle Home Movie Day is brought to you by A/V Geeks, NCSU Film Studies, Duke’s Archive of Documentary Arts, and State Archives of North Carolina. It will be held Saturday October 20th, 2012 from 1pm – 4pm at the State Archives of North Carolina in downtown Raleigh (109 East Jones Street, First Floor Auditorium). Free and easy parking is available in a lot across the street or via street parking. For more information visit: http://www.avgeeks.com/hmd.html

WHAT IS HOME MOVIE DAY?

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! Because they will happen in communities across the globe, HOME MOVIE DAY events and screenings can focus on local and family histories, taking us back to a time when Main Street was bustling and the beehive hair-do was all the rage, with images of people we may know or resemble. Home movies are an essential record of our past, and they are among the most authoritative documents of times gone by.

This year marks the 10th Home Movie Day with over 70 participating hosts in more than 14 countries.

HOW CAN PEOPLE PARTICIPATE?

It’s simple: rifle through your attics, dig through your closets, call up Grandma, and search out your family’s home movies (8mm, Super8mm, or 16mm) and bring them to the nearest Home Movie Day event to see them projected.  Or just show up and watch the films of others. It’s not just historically significant – it’s fun! Triangle HMD will also be featuring Home Movie Day Bingo with prizes for the WHOLE FAMILY!

SOME TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST HOME MOVIE DAYS

“We brought footage that we had never seen before taken of our wedding in the 1960s.  It was exciting to see us all dressed up in our wedding gear, and that adorable flower girl who is of course all grown up now.”   – Jerrie Dearborn, Raleigh

“You can’t imagine what it means to a parent to look back and see how cute they were and how happy your kids were.  I wouldn’t take a million dollars for these, I really wouldn’t.”  – Gerry Probert, Garner

“Thanks so much for Home Movie Day. It was so great to see my family again the way it was. I called mom last night and told her I had seen the films and she was so happy. It was also the first time my husband had seen my dad ‘in action’.”  – Teresa Nunes, Raleigh

“My family has had a pile of old films in a cabinet for as long as I can remember.  It had been years and years since any of us had thought about them.  After hearing about Home Movie Day, I remembered the films and brought a film that ended up being a short fiction movie my family made in the 1950s starring my mother as a cannibalistic stalker lurking in a tree!  It was enormous fun to see, and it was also wonderful to see some shots of my older sister as a baby, toddling around. I also loved seeing other people’s films.  It was like an unedited archive of what used to be important to record.  It was great!” – Anna Bigelow, Raleigh

“Years of therapy don’t come close to the experience of seeing yourself, at age two, hunting Easter eggs in your plaid overalls.  After the HMD experts had inspected my 40-year-old Super-8 film and carefully mounted the reel on the projector, I watched in amazement as my early childhood appeared on the screen.  I had never seen this footage before; I had never even suspected that such treasures lay waiting in the old tin breadbox of home movies my mother had found in the attic.  My kids had a great time, too.  It blew their little minds to see daddy as a toddler, and they had so much fun playing Home Movie Day Bingo.  Home Movie Day was a wonderful event for the whole family.” – Steve Wiley, Raleigh

Triangle Home Movie Day 2012

[This post comes from our Non-Textual Materials Archivist, Kim Cumber.]

What?              TRIANGLE HOME MOVIE DAY

Brought to you by A/V Geeks, NCSU Film Studies, Duke’s Archive of Documentary Arts, and State Archives of North Carolina.

When?             Saturday October 20th, 2012; 1pm – 4pm

Where?            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.

Website:           http://www.avgeeks.com/hmd.html

Contacts:          Skip Elsheimer, A/V Geek skip@avgeeks.com, 919-247-7752
Marsha Orgeron, Associate Professor, Film Studies, NCSU, 919-515-4164, marsha_orgeron@ncsu.edu

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 day watching old films and playing Home Movie Day bingo. Go home with prizes and a free transfer of your film!

WHAT IS HOME MOVIE DAY?

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! Because they will happen in communities across the globe, HOME MOVIE DAY events and screenings can focus on local and family histories, taking us back to a time when Main Street was bustling and the beehive hair-do was all the rage, with images of people we may know or resemble. Home movies are an essential record of our past, and they are among the most authoritative documents of times gone by.

This year marks the 10th Home Movie Day with over 70 participating hosts in more than 14 countries.

HOW CAN PEOPLE PARTICIPATE?

It’s simple: rifle through your attics, dig through your closets, call up Grandma, and search out your family’s home movies (8mm, Super8mm, or 16mm) and bring them to the nearest Home Movie Day event to see them projected.  Or just show up and watch the films of others. It’s not just historically significant – it’s fun! Triangle 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/

Film Fest at the Archives

As part of North Carolina Archives Week, the public is invited to a festival of films from the Non-Textual Materials Collection of the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. The films document the life and times of ordinary North Carolinians from the 1930s-1970s. The first film will be shown at 10 AM and the films will continue until at least 2 PM, depending on the lengths of the films being show.

All films will be shown in Room 208 on the second floor of the State Archives/Library Building.

A more definitive schedule will be forthcoming, but a tentative schedule includes:

10: 00 AM – H. Lee Waters films of Durham, North Carolina, ca. 1937-1942

Silent films created by H. Lee Waters. Waters ran a Lexington, N.C. photography studio and began filming various communities during the Great Depression in order to supplement his studio income. After filming and editing, Waters would return to the communities to show his films at the local theater. There’s a short H. Lee Waters video on YouTube if you would like more information on the man and his films.

11: 15 AM  – Mr. William Wakes Up, ca. 1944-1947

The role and functions of local and state health agencies are described through the use of an imaginary character named Mr. Williams. Written by George Stoney and shot in Wayne and Duplin Counties and Raleigh, NC.  Introduction contains good aerial views and street scenes of downtown Raleigh and an unidentified smaller town.  The show includes some great footage of interiors of 1940’s restaurants, a food processing plant, inner-city areas, school children, teachers, nurses, at least two schools, farm scenes, a class of African American midwives, a North Carolina tuberculosis sanatorium, and a variety of public health personnel and facilities.  Topics addressed include early childhood preventative health care such as inoculations; public health concerns in agriculture, in industrial settings, in water purifications, and in public facilities such as schools; and prevention of epidemics and diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and venereal diseases.

Time to be determined – Jockey’s Ridge for All the People, 1975-1976

The motion picture film documentary Jockey’s Ridge for All the People was made by Ronald Hagell in 1975-76 as a final production for a graduate (MA-Mass Communication) film making class at UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of Radio, Television and Film. It was paid for by Save our Sand-dunes (SOS), an organization set-up by Carolista Fletcher Baum and the people of Nags Head, NC, to save Jockey’s Ridge and all its associated dunes from destruction by coastal developers.

North Carolina Archives Week is an annual, week-long celebration of the agencies and people responsible for maintaining and making available the archival and historical records of our nation, state, communities and people. The events held during this week are a fun way to raise public awareness of the work of archivists and archival organizations. To find out more, visit the North Carolina Archives Week website or blog.

Other films that may be shown given time:

Tar Heel Family, 1949

Filmed in 1949 but released in 1951, the film documents North Carolina’s transition from an agrarian economy to an economy based more on industry, as well as this transition’s impact on the environment. It is a George Stoney film, produced by Southern Educational Film Production Service, Inc., for the N.C. Resource-Use Commission.  Photographed by Ray Marcato and Bob Gordon; music by Ledford Carter.

H. Lee Waters film of Albemarle, North Carolina, ca. 1940

Silent film created by H. Lee Waters. Footage includes Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp Doughton, located in Morrow Mountain State Park near Albemarle, NC; many children, some eating ice cream cones and smoking; men smoking, newspaper printing, type setting, etc., at the Stanly News; Coca Cola trucks, the Auton Wolfe Motor Company; a three-wheeled “trike” motorcycle; and general city/town views including babies, woman, men, cars, local businesses, etc.

H. Lee Waters Films of Hillsborough, North Carolina, January 19-20, 1937 and October 16-17, 1939

Silent films created by H. Lee Waters.

Triangle Home Movie Day 2011

[This blog announcement comes from Kim Cumber, our Non-Textual Materials Archivist.]

Triangle Home Movie Day

http://www.avgeeks.com/hmd.html

Saturday, October 15, 2011

North Carolina State Archives AUDITORIUM
109 East Jones Street
Raleigh, NC

1-5 PM

FREE PARKING

BRING YOUR OLD HOME MOVIES! 16mm, 8mm, Super-8, black and white, color, sound or silent – we don’t care – they’re ALL GOOD and we can screen them for you and your friends and family!

Need more information?
Contact: Kim Andersen Cumber 919-807-7311

BRING YOUR OLD HOME MOVIES! 16mm, 8mm, Super-8, black and white, color, sound or silent – we don’t care – they’re ALL GOOD and we can screen them for you and your friends and family!

You don’t even have to find your own projector and screen–Home Movie Day does it for you! 16mm, 8mm, Super-8, black and white, color, silent or with sound – we can show it for you and your friends and family at Home Movie Day! Bring your home movies and/or amateur films and have them inspected, screened, and digitized for you while you wait. Take home a DVD copy of your movie free of charge!

For more information, please contact:
Skip Elsheimer skip@avgeeks.com 919-247-7752
Marsha Orgeron marsha_orgeron@ncsu.edu 919-515-4149
Kim Andersen Cumber kim.cumber@ncdcr.gov 919-807-7311