Mechanical Eye Microcinema presents Home Movie Day in Asheville on Oct. 19

From a press release:


“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 20thcentury America.” – Leonard Maltin

Home Movie Day Asheville will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 2-4pm at Wall Street Coffee House, 62 Wall Street, Asheville, NC. The event is open to all and free of charge. Members of the public are invited to stop by between 2-4pm and bring their home movies to our local event where they will be inspected by HMD projectionists and shared with an enthusiastic audience in a celebration of amateur filmmaking and home movie preservation. We will show your home movies on Super 8mm, Regular 8mm, 16mm film, VHS, VHS-C, or miniDV!

Home Movie Day events provide the opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community, and to see their neighbors’ in turn. It’s a chance to discover why to care about these films and to learn how best to care for them. Information about film preservation and video transfer facilities in our area will be available at the event! Bring your home movies to share, or just come enjoy the memories!

Conceived by archivists at the Center for Home Movies as a means to promote the preservation of amateur films, Home Movie Day has grown each year from its initial slate of two dozen locations across the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Japan in 2002 to over fifty venues in nine countries in 2008. More sites are being added weekly for the October 2013 event. For each event, members of the public are encouraged to search their homes for home movies in formats which they may no longer have the means of viewing – commonly 8mm, Super8 and 16mm, but some sites accept VHS video as well – and bring them to Home Movie Day, where trained event staff can assess their condition and project them on the big screen to a wider circle of attendees who come to each year’s unpredictable screening of home-made entertainments.

Your home movies are probably a lot more interesting than you remember! Home Movie Day Asheville is free and open to the public. 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! Take them to Home Movie Day!

The Center for Home Movies is a registered not-for profit organization supported through grants and donations. CHM’s primary mission is to promote, preserve and educate the public about amateur films. To learn more about CHM,

For more information about Home Movie Day, visit

For more information about the HMD Asheville event, please contact Mechanical Eye Microcinema at


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