Home Movie Day was a huge success!
On October 17th, The Filson Historical Society along with the Louisville Film Society hosted the area’s first observance of Home Movie Day. This annual international event celebrates amateur film making and aims to educate the public about film preservation. The event presented a unique, and mutually beneficial, opportunity to view and preserve our local culture & history. Filson and LFS invited the community to bring in their home movies, in any format, and provided preservation expertise and the media for projection while the public provided films from their personal collection. The Filson wants to give a big "thank you" to Heather Fox, Ryan Daly, Tracy Heightchew, and Caroline Rubens for all their help!
Home Movie Day is really interesting!
Film archivist Ryan Daly (Louisville Film Society) and Caroline Rubens (Appalshop) inspected, repaired, and cleaned the films. Following this preservation phase, Daly projected the films for the public to screen. He came equipped with projectors and devices to play multiple formats of moving images, including the 8mm, 16mm, and Super8s contributed by attendees. Over half a dozen people bought films to The Filson, and a half dozen more stopped by just to catch the screening. Some of the footage included gorgeous black & white 1920s family scenes, an epic 1940s schoolyard snow ball fight, and 1960s aerial footage of Vietnam shot by a U.S. military helicopter pilot.
Home Movie Day is a call to action!
While this year’s Home Movie Day has passed, it’s never too late to consider the long term preservation and deposition of your home movies. The fleeting formats of moving images and the technology used in viewing them create many challenges in caring for and enjoying your amateur film. With proper care and storage home movie can last decades longer than new media formats and provide indefinable clues about 20th & 21st century cultural history. Did you know that home movies have been named to the Library of Congress's National Film Registry, alongside popular and esteemed classics such as Citizen Kane, Star Wars, and King Kong? The Filson Historical Society is interested in collecting the home movies of regular people, not just of famous people or major events, which in turn documents our local culture and history.
For more information on how to care for your home movies and/or how to donate your original films (and retain a digital copy) please contact Aaron Rosenblum.