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Watch films from local archives, share your home movies, and
learn how to save them for future generations. All formats: 8mm, Super 8, 16mm,
and video. Home Movie Day is presented in connection with House & Home.
FREE. Registration required.
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.
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! Washington D.C. 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/
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.
The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.