ROCHESTER, N.Y. — You are invited to celebrate home movies in Rochester on Saturday, Oct. 15, as part of the ninth annual International Home Movie Day, which happens simultaneously in cities across the world. The Rochester celebration takes place 2 to 5 p.m. on the University of Rochester's River Campus in collaboration with George Eastman House. The event, which is free and open to the public, provides the opportunity for communities to see and share home movies and amateur films, 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. Bring 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, 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.
About George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film (www.eastmanhouse.org) is the world's oldest museum of photography and the third largest motion-picture archive in the United States. It was founded in 1947 and is located on the estate of Kodak founder George Eastman, the father of popular photography and motion picture film. The museum's archive houses more than 4 million artifacts, including the world's largest collection of camera technology and 400,000 photographs representing 9,000 photographers plus an unparalleled 19th-century collection. The museum partners with Toronto's Ryerson University to offer a master's degree in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. The collections also include 30,000 motion-picture titles and film-related publicity stills, posters, scores, and scripts. The Eastman House is the archive in which many filmmakers have chosen to preserve their films, including Cecil B. DeMille, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, and Kathryn Bigelow. The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation is regarded as the premier venue of professional training in film preservation and restoration, and grants a master's degree from the University of Rochester.