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CHM awarded a grant from CLIR to develop the Home Movie Archives Database!

Posted by September 10th, 2016

Thanks to CLIR (the Council on Library and Information Resources), the Center for Home Movies has been awarded a one year grant to develop the Home Movie Archives Database. The database will be incorporated with CHM’s Home Movie Registry, both of which exist to try to answer the question “where can I find home movies?”. This directory will allow for potential donors of home movies, scholars, and documentarians to look for relevant films or archives, and the project’s goal is to bring together information on the home movie holdings of as many American archival institutions as possible into one searchable directory. (more…)




2015 Annual Report now available!

Posted by March 6th, 2016

Home Movie Days around the world, new collections, Home Grown Movies and our ever expanding community of amateur film advocates and supporters are all highlighted in our 2015 Annual Report

2015 saw the Center for Home Movies (CHM) hit the little screen in a big way, with a featured slot on CBS’s Sunday Morning show. Our featured project for the year was the Home Movie Registry, an ambitious venture which was introduced to the archival world after several years in the making. Home Movie Day continued to grow in its 13th year, with events taking place in a record 21 countries around the world. We revived our preservation program, thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, which allowed us to preserve a home movie of the 1944 Republican Convention. We also saw a change in our Board of Directors, with two members stepping off, and a new one stepping up.

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Home Grown Movies 2015 continues!

Posted by February 12th, 2016

Home Grown Movies 2015 continues! ‘Easter and Funeral‘ is a film shot by Hubert M. James during spring 1963 in and near Flowery Branch, Georgia. In two distinct sections, the first shows the James family children searching for Easter eggs at the their home, and the second the funeral of WWII veteran and James family relative John A. Reed.

This home movie was provided by Bonita James Roberts and brought to our attention by Ruta Abolins (Cleveland, GA Home Movie Day). A very special thank you to them both and to Movette Film Transfer for digitizing the film.


Laura Lancaster – Home Movies on Canvas

Posted by February 2nd, 2016

Laura appears to be an artist after our own heart:

“Laura Lancaster is a painter who draws inspiration from forgotten and discarded photographs and home movies, found in flea markets, charity shops and through ebay. Once precious and significant to someone, they are now detached from their original contexts and instead, they become animated through Laura’s luscious, gestural and expressive application of paint. These lost and dislocated souls, caught in the ambiguous space between figuration and abstraction, compel us to reflect on time, memory and loss.

This exhibition will bring together a range of works by the artist including a new series of diptychs which are drawn from the very first and last frames of found Super 8mm home movies. With the inclusion of sprocket holes and marks on the film, the paintings are portraits of the medium of film as much as their subject matter. The juxtaposition of the first and last frames implies the passing of time through the lost narrative that binds these moments together.”

Anyone in the neighborhood of Walsall, near Birmingham in England, can check out her exhibition at The New Art Gallery.