Home Movie Day to celebrate amateur films at the West Asheville Library Saturday

In dozens of small local forums across the globe, this Saturday, Home Movie Day will bring together enthusiasts of sometimes grainy, sometimes choppy, sometimes poorly framed- beauty. The Asheville iteration of the group celebrating these personal and yet relatable bits of film will be gathering at the West Asheville Library all afternoon. See the full public invitation to the event below.

What: Home Movie Day 2015
When: Saturday, Oct 17, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: West Asheville Public Library, 942 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC

Public invitation to Home Movie Day from Mechanical Eye Micro Cinema:

“There’s no such thing as a bad home movie. These mini-underground opuses are revealing, scary, joyous, always flawed, filled with accidental art and shout outs from attics and closets all over the world to be seen again.”  – John Waters

Hey, Film Friends!

Don’t forget, you and all your neighbors are invited to bring your home movies to our free screening event at the West Asheville Library on Saturday, October 17th, from 1:00 – 4:00pm!

This is a great opportunity to dust off those old reels and video cassettes and share them with family and friends!  Don’t worry, if you don’t have home movies you can still come and watch them with us!  It’s going to be so much fun!  See you there??

“Home movies provide invaluable records of our families and our communities: they document vanished storefronts, questionable fashions, adorable pets, long-departed loved ones, and neighborhoods in transition. Many people still possess these old reels or tapes, passed down from generation to generation, but lack the projection equipment to view them properly and safely,” stated Skip Elsheimer, president of the Center for Home Movies.  “That’s where Home Movie Day comes in: the public brings the films, and volunteers inspect them, project them, and offer tips on storage, preservation, and video transfer—and free of charge, in most cities. And best of all, you get to watch them with an enthusiastic audience, equally hungry for local history.”

Home Movie Day frequently asked questions:

What film formats can I bring to Home Movie Day?

Volunteers will inspect and project 16mm, 8mm, and Super 8 film. We will also project DVDs, VHS, & VHS-C. If you have any other oddball formats (28mm, 9.5mm, etc.), HMD representatives can help you find a safe, cost-effective way to view these prints.

Do I need to bring a home movie?

Nope. You’re welcome to stop by and just watch other people’s home movies. This isn’t a film screening where you need to stay silent. The more the audience contributes, the more fun it is. Your commentary will be much appreciated!

I have a whole box of ’em! Can we watch ’em all?

Nobody likes a home movie hog. Bring as many films as you’d like, but we’ll be screening one reel (3-5mins) from each participant until everyone has had a chance to see their home movies. After that, second helpings are totally fine–especially in Kodachrome.

 

My home movies are very personal. Why would I want to watch them with a bunch of voyeurs?

Home movies often commemorate scenes of enormous personal importance: weddings, graduations, birthdays, family reunions. Though home movies often begin as family records with deeply private meaning, the passage of years makes them compelling to people far beyond your immediate family. They serve as authentic records of our neighborhoods, traditions, and communities. You’ll enjoy sharing them–really.

Will you take my home movies and never give them back? They’re incredibly precious to me!

Nope. We’ll just inspect and project your home movies and return them to you in comparable condition. If there are broken perforations or cracked frames, we’ll fix those and return the films in better condition! Keep in mind that decades-old films are fragile and there’s an inherent (though slight) risk of damage during any projection. If we do not feel that the film can be safely projected, we will not screen it.

This sounds amazing! How much will this expert consultation set me back?

Home Movie Day is free, but donations are always welcome to defray costs.

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