header image

Nashville TN // January 17th ~ The Center for Home Movies @ Light + Sound Machine

Posted by January 10th, 2016

The Center for Home Movies will be curating an evening of home movies and amateur films at the Light & Sound Machine in Third Man Records in Nashville TN on Sunday, January 17th. Come join the CHM board for some of our favorite home movies accompanied by virtuoso guitarist and Nashville favorite William Tyler.

The Center for Home Movies @ Light + Sound Machine

SUNDAY January 17th
Third Man Records
Doors at 7pm, Films at 8pm

visit the Facebook event for ticketing details. (more…)

Home Grown Movies 2015 is Underway!

Posted by December 18th, 2015

Home Grown Movies returns with a third selection of films shown at recent Home Movie Day events from around the world. This year’s group of fifteen films and videos will be unveiled monthly, and as in past years will include new transfers, essays, musical scores and narration by the films’ owners.  We’re kicking off this season with MUMBAI FASHION SHOW.  Shown at Home Movie Day Madison, Wisconsin, this mystery reel was purchased in 2013 in an antique store in Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar.  Stay tuned for more!!!


Show us some love!

Posted by December 18th, 2015

Dear CHM Friends,
As 2015 draws to an end, we look back at an eventful year marked by the re-vamp and launch of the Home Movie Registry, a record breaking 21 countries to host Home Movie Day events,  the release of our 3rd season of Home Grown Movies, and a very strong presence at the 25th Association of Moving Image Archivist Conference in Portland OR. From Home Movie Day hosts and volunteers, to sponsors, to home movie lovers, we thank everyone who’s helped us along the way! We most certainly couldn’t do it without you!We need your help to renew our efforts in 2016! Your financial contributions support our ongoing operational costs, special project, and more. (more…)

Home movies and George Eastman’s legacy celebrated on CBS Sunday Morning

Posted by September 12th, 2015

In February, David Turecamo, a reporter from CBS Sunday Morning produced a story on home movies, including an interview with CHM board member Skip Elsheimer. Skip happened to be doing a Home Movie Day at the time, so a camera crew from a local North Carolina station shot footage at his event at the Durham County Library. Bringing the importance of home movies into focus aired on Sunday, September 6th. It tells the story of how Kodak made home movies a central part of family life, and highlights them as important cultural artifacts. Watch it here.

A very special thank you to reporter David Turecamo and CBS Sunday Morning for bringing home movies to the national stage. (more…)

Home Movie Day 2015 locations are being announced!

Posted by September 5th, 2015

Home Movie Day 2015 is fast approaching! Forty-one cities in 10 countries worldwide have announced their events and new events are being announced weekly! This year’s “official” day is Saturday, October 17th, but in some cities HMD festivities may take place several weeks before or after. Visit the Home Movie Day site to find an event near you and start looking through closets and attics for your family films.


Ellwood Hoffmann’s “1944 Republican Convention” home movie to be preserved with NFPF Grant

Posted by June 5th, 2015

The National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) has awarded the Center for Home Movies a grant to preserve “1944 Republican Convention,” a home movie from the Ellwood Hoffmann collection. Hoffmann was a delegate to the Chicago convention, and was right up close to the stage with his camera, shooting (in color) footage of Thomas Dewey, Herbert Hoover, Kate Smith and others. Cinema Arts, Inc. will create a new 16mm negative and print and digital transfer.

Ellwood Hoffmann (1885-1996) dropped out of school in 6th grade and went to work sweeping the floors at a hosiery mill for 25 cents per week. Eventually he started Lucille Hosiery, a silk stocking factory in Philadelphia. (more…)