Celebrate International Home Movie Day Saturday, Oct. 15

Bring-your-own film event takes place 2 to 5 p.m.; event is free and open to the public

For Release 2011-10-11

You are invited to celebrate home movies in Rochester on Saturday, Oct. 15, as part of the ninth annual International Home Movie Day, which takes place simultaneously in cities across the world. The Rochester celebration takes place 2 to 5 p.m. at University of Rochester River Campus in collaboration with George Eastman House. The event, which is free and open to the public, is a worldwide celebration of home movies and amateur films that provides the opportunity for communities to see and share home movies, and learn how best to care for them.


Your home movies are probably a lot more interesting than you remember! If you have home movies on film that you've never seen, or haven't watched since you inherited them from your grandparents — don't let your films decay. International Home Movie Day provides the opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community or see their neighbors' in turn. Bring with you your 8mm, super-8, or 16mm films, which will be inspected by trained archivists and technicians prior to projection. Films can be dropped from noon to 2 p.m., with screenings continuously happening between 2 to 5 p.m., in Dewey 1-101, which is on the ground floor of the Simon School/Warner School building.


The featured movies do not need to be your own family's, but can also include found films. All reels will be inspected by trained staff and all films will be returned. Participants are invited to provide commentary about their films with the audience, as well as sing along or play music. Participation is highly encouraged to those attending on Home Movie Day by narrating their home movies, bringing a favorite song to accompany a movie, or asking questions following a screening. At the Rochester event, there will be information available on how to properly care for your movies, including transfer options and local vendors, as well as raffle prizes.


Here’s what Martin Scorsese had to say about International Home Movie Day:

“Saving our film heritage should not be limited only to commercially produced films. Home Movie Day is a celebration of these films and the people who shot them. This is a truly special way of celebrating this often over-looked area of our film history, and I congratulate George Eastman House for supporting this important initiative.”


And Leonard Maltin:

“The films you'll see at Home Movie Day enable those of us who weren’t around at the time to visit moments like the New York World’s Fair of 1939-40, and I for one can’t get enough of those. Documentary filmmakers build whole features around such footage, and I’m sure historians will continue to rely on amateur movies to tell them what life was like in 20th century America.”


Admission and participation is free but donations will be accepted. For more information please call (585) 271-3361 ext. 396, or visit homemovieday.com.


Directions to Dewey Building at University of Rochester:

University of Rochester River Campus, 500 Wilson Blvd.

Dewey 1-101 (Ground floor, Simon School /Warner School)

There is free weekend parking in campus lots with metered parking along Wilson Blvd.





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