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July 28, 2006

Library of Congress Hosts Fourth Annual Movie Day Aug. 12

Historic Amateur and Home Film Works Screened for Preservation

Historic home movies from the collections of the Library of Congress and screenings of films brought by the public will be featured at the fourth annual Washington Home Movie Day (www.homemovieday.com). Library film experts and other local archivists will help attendees learn how to rescue their home 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm films. The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, in the Pickford Theater, 3rd floor of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Moving Image Section of the Library’s Motion Picture, Broadcast and Recorded Sound (MBRS) Division, the event is free and open to the public.

“Saving our film heritage should not be limited only to commercially produced films,” said legendary director and film preservation advocate Martin Scorsese.

“The Library is pleased to support Home Movie Day. Home movies are a valuable record of the everyday experience and a wonderful, if too often overlooked, chronicle of American culture,” said Mike Mashon, head of the Moving Image Section for MBRS. “The Library actively preserves home movies as part of the national collection, and the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, has named several to the National Film Registry." Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant motion pictures to the Registry.

Home Movie Day is a worldwide celebration of amateur films and filmmaking that provides an opportunity for individuals and families to learn more about their own family movies, how to care for films and how home movies have helped capture 20th century history. Forgotten with the advent of home video, home movies have never been entirely replaced. Video began to take over in the 70’s, and more rapidly replaced amateur film usage in the 80’s. Most of the films screened at Home Movie Day D.C. range from the 40’s
to the 70’s.

There is no limit to the number of films each participant may bring to the event. Depending on the number of attendees, only one or two of their films may be screened. Damaged films cannot be screened, but participants whose films are at risk will learn how to rescue their precious images. The audience will leave with the knowledge of how to care for and preserve their home movies, information about how and where to transfer them to DVD, along with new ways to enjoy the films.

The Library is also sponsoring a Home Movie Day event in Culpeper, Va., home of the new National Audiovisual Conservation Center. Participants can drop in to Germanna Community College’s Advanced Technology Center between noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, to have staff inspect their movies. Film will be screened between 6 and 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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PR 06-149
07/28/06
ISSN 0731-3527

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