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5th Annual Home Movie Day GIF Contest

Posted by October 17th, 2020

UPDATE–This year we are extending the GIF-making madness through November 22nd! Get your submissions in and win $200!

It’s that time of year again! The 5th Annual Home Movie Day GIF Contest begins today.

Submit your GIFs to our tumblr. Winner takes $200!

Need help making a GIF? See instructions HERE!

This year we are excited to have three judges who are all home movie day legends: Ina Archer, Louisa Trott and Patricia Villon!

Happy Home Movie Day 2020!

Posted by October 17th, 2020

With numerous virtual events occurring throughout the day on October 17th, you may be wondering how you’ll be able to tune in for them all. CHM has your solution! Starting at 3pm Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4), your HMD Boston hosts will be hosting a live broadcast switching between events happening in Montana, Vienna, Belfast, North Vancouver, NYC, New Hampshire, Bogota, and more! This live feed can be found on homemovieday.com, where you can also browse and visit events from the map and the calendar. We’re so grateful to be able to celebrate Home Movie Day in virtual space with you!

Home Movie Day 2020 Goes Online

Posted by July 31st, 2020

Because of the disruption to the world that COVID-19 has caused, in 2020 Home Movie Day will also include an online component in addition to the traditional in-person screenings. Home Movie Day will still be a series of local events, but shared on the Internet instead of just being held in individual venues. The Center for Home Movies will be creating a web portal that will host digital video presentations of home movies from around the world. Viewers will be able to watch live and pre-recorded home movie screenings organized by organizations and individuals.

Just as Home Movie Day is not one event, but rather a coordinated group of activities organized by local hosts around the world, so too will this virtual Home Movie Day be whatever format each organizer wishes it to be. For more information about how to participate, see the HMD 2020 Page.

The Orphan Film Symposium Online

Posted by May 28th, 2020

The Orphan Film Symposium has long been one of the premier venues for screening, discussing, and understanding home movies by scholars, archivists, and filmmakers, and it has been a cherished supporter of the Center for Home Movies for decades. This year it was moved online instead of its planned meeting in Amsterdam, making it accessible to the wider world. The theme for the third day (May 28th) is “Migration” (following days dedicated to Water and Climate), so the Center for Home Movies would like to share a film from our “Homegrown Movies” project. The Reyes Family home movies were shot in Michoacán, Mexico, Yuma, Arizona, and Salinas, California on Super 8 by Manuel Reyes in 1978-79, silent with commentary by Verónica Reyes-Escudero & Jennifer Jenkins.
Reyes Family Home Movies on Vimeo

Other Histories: Amateur Films on the National Film Registry

Posted by January 6th, 2020

Other Histories: Amateur Films on the National Film Registry is a three-program film screening series curated by the Center for Home Movies. The series will be the first-ever screening of all 17 amateur films that have been named to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry. The series will premiere on the weekend of January 10-12, 2020, part of MoMA’s “Home Movie Weekend” at the Roy and Niuta Titus Theater at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The series will be part of MoMA’s landmark Private Lives, Public Spaces exhibition, the museum’s 100-screen gallery installation of home movies and amateur films drawn exclusively from its collection. The series will be projected digitally, including many new high-resolution scans, narration, and musical scores created exclusively for the series.

For more information, see the Other Histories page.