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Welcome New CHM Board Member Candace Ming

Posted by September 28th, 2018

The CHM board is extremely excited to announce that Candace Ming has become our newest board member.  Candace is the Project Manager/Archivist of the South Side Home Movie Project, an organization which has a long friendship with the Center for Home Movies. She is a graduate of NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. She interned at MoMA doing crucial research on the newly discovered 1913 footage of Bert Williams. She has a wealth of experience as an archivist (Carnegie Hall Archives, Alaska Film Archives, Missouri History Museum) and as a film projectionist (Landmark Theaters in her native St. Louis). Most recently she managed the huge moving image archive of the New York Police Department. She is responsible for digitizing and preserving all home movies donated to the SSHMP, and also conducts community outreach.


Get ready for Home Movie Day 2018

Posted by August 30th, 2018

This year marks Home Movie Day’s sixteenth birthday! Since 2003 we have been gathering in theaters, libraries, restaurants and houses to watch home movies together and celebrate amateur filmmaking.

The official date for Home Movie Day this year is Saturday, October 20th, but events are happening throughout the year and all around the world. Click here for the current list of events, so you can find one close to you.


Introducing the Home Movie Archives Database

Posted by April 30th, 2018

The Home Movie Archives Database (HMAD) is a survey of home movies and amateur films in archival collections in the United States. The goal is to create a directory of amateur film holdings in American archives, libraries and museums so that researchers and documentary filmmakers can find home movies more easily. To start, collections and individual films from more than 200 archives are included. The films are searchable by title, description, and creator and the archives are searchable by name and location.

For more information, visit the <HMAD page> under the Projects tab.

The project was made possible through support from the Library of Congress and the Council on Library and Information Resources.


Pamela Vadakan Joins CHM Board

Posted by February 22nd, 2018

The Center for Home Movies is once again fortunate to welcome a strong proponent of Home Movies to the team.

Pamela Vadakan has hosted Home Movie Days in the Bay Area since 2007. She manages California Revealed, an endeavor to digitize and preserve archival collections related to California history – including hundreds of home movies – from partner libraries, archives, museums and historical societies. She also teaches audiovisual preservation workshops and assesses archival collections for a variety of institutions across California for the California Preservation Program. She volunteered at her first Home Movie Day at Anthology Film Archives in 2005 when she was a student in the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program at New York University, and has loved opening up, inspecting and sharing home movies and their hidden lives ever since.



CHM Receives Advocacy Award from Society of American Archivists (SAA)

Posted by May 11th, 2017

The Center for Home Movies has been named 2017 recipient of the Society of American Archivists’ Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award. The award “recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose” and is accompanied by a $500 honorarium. While CHM is well known in the world of moving-image archives, The SAA is the oldest and largest generalist archivist association in North America, so this award provides wider recognition for the good work of everyone involved with CHM and Home Movie Day, as well as a platform for further advocacy for the unique cultural artifacts we all love so much. A member of the CHM Board of Directors will attend the SAA Conference in Portland, Oregon in late July.