Connecticut's Second Annual Movie Day!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
37 Howe Street, New Haven
Bring-your-own-film event puts the spotlight on historic amateur worksand home film preservation.
On Saturday, August 11th, 2007, local archivists, librarians,filmmakers and film enthusiasts will help the public learn about, enjoy, and rescue films so often forgotten about.
Home Movie Dayshows how home movies offer a unique "you are here" view of decades past, often in gorgeous living color, and are an important part ofpersonal, community, and cultural history.
"Saving our film heritage should not be limited only to commercially produced films," says legendary director and film preservation advocate Martin Scorsese. Filmmaker John Waters echoes that sentiment saying, "There's no such thing as a bad home movie.
Home Movie Day is an orgy of self-discovery, a chance for family memories to suddenlybecome show business. If you've got one, whip it out and show it now.
"Connecticut's second annual Home Movie Day is free and open to publicand will be held in New Haven on Saturday, August 11 at the People'sCenter (37 Howe St, between Crown and George). Film drop-off time isnoon to 2pm; home movie screening is from 2 to 6pm. Film and video assessment and preservation tips will be provided throughout theevent, prizes will be given away and continuous screenings of home movies will be enjoyed! Damaged films cannot be screened, but participants whose films are at risk can learn more about how to rescue those precious images before it's too late. No films? Come and watch the show! Accepted movie types are 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm. Participants are urged to introduce and even narrate their movies. Participants areurged to contact organizers in advance to drop-off film for inspection and projection preparation or arrive at noon on the event day.
Drop-off contacts: New Haven area: Molly Wheeler (firstname.lastname@example.org) 203.430.4157.
Home Movie Day is an internationally organized event that began in 2003, when a small group of film archivists decided to go beyond traditional preservation methods to try and save the countless reels of home movies shot on film during the 20th century. The first HomeMovie Day on August 16, 2003 was an unexpected success, with over twenty cities in four countries participating. In each following year, Home Movie Day grew bigger still, with as many as four dozen venues taking part from Australia to Arkansas. Last year, the Center for Home Movies targeted New Orleans, LA as the2006 Home Movie Day highlight city. A curated screening and special community events brought attention to local collections of historic footage, and shed light on the many moving images that were already atrisk from the hot and humid local climate before the disastrous impactof Hurricane Katrina. Dwight Core, Sr. and George Ingmire's "Think ofMe First as a Person," a father's home movie portrait of his developmentally disabled son, was first shown at the New Orleans HomeMovie Day event. The film was subsequently named to the Library ofCongress's National Film Registry in 2007. Don't throw your films away-take them to Home Movie Day!Information:
Phone: Molly Wheeler 203.430.4157