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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.




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.



Americans in Paris, Autumn 1960

Posted by January 28th, 2016

Enjoy this evocative short film edited by Jack Jewers from the Center for Home Movies’ Robert Leo Kilker, Jr. Collection. Set to “Dijan’s Waltz” performed by Dom La Nena.