PhillyCAM hosts Home Movie Day 2012

From the release:

Where can you rediscover the ecstasy of Christmas morning and the giddiness of a summer down the shore?  Where can your family members prance across a screen like the movie stars they think they are?  Where do film archivists inspect and project those mysterious film reels that have been entertaining the dust in your grandmother’s attic?  At Home Movie Day!

October 20, 2012, 6 – 9pm
@ PhillyCAM
699 Ranstead Street Philadelphia, PA, 19106

The Philadelphia Film Archivists Collective, in association with this year’s host PhillyCAM presents Home Movie Day, a celebration of amateur film and filmmaking.

Anyone may submit their 16mm, 8mm, or super8 home movies for screening at this free event.  They will be inspected and projected by film archivists between 6 and 9pm on Saturday, October 20 at PhillyCAM’s community media center in downtown Philadelphia.  Advanced drop off of films is preferred but films can of course be brought to PhillyCAM on the day of the event!  Contact for more information about advanced drop off and the advanced submission forms.

In its sixth year locally and tenth year internationally, Home Movie Day provides a rare opportunity for Philadelphians to see their movies that have sat in boxes unseen and forgotten for too many years. Expect to see family holidays, milestones, and vacations, but don’t be surprised to encounter a child’s masked avenger fantasy film or a demonstration of an obscure hunting skill. The charm of this singular event is in watching fashions change, families grow, and history unfold.

Home Movie Day was started in 2002 by a group of film archivists concerned about what would happen to all the home movies shot on film during the 20th century. It’s also an opportunity for people in cities and towns all over to meet their local film archivists and find out about the archival advantages of film.

Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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