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The 3rd Annual Home Movie Day GIF Contest is Open

Posted by October 25th, 2018

Do you have what it takes to become our new GIF Champion(s)?
We hope you’ve been keeping track of those GIF-able home movie moments, because it’s time again for the annual HomeMovieDay.GIF Contest. Help us celebrate Home Movie Day by selecting perfectly loop-able moments from our moving image histories. Individuals, archives, and organizations alike may submit as many GIFs as they can create to our HomeMovieDay.GIF Contest Tumblr  until the contest closes on November 1st. The winner will be announced on November 8th. Winner takes $200.00 and all the GIF-loving admiration Home Movie Day lovers can muster.

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.

Samuel Fuller’s amateur film “V-E +1” added to National Film Registry.

Posted by December 17th, 2014

Today’s announcement by the Librarian of Congress of 2014’s additions to the National Film Registry includes “V-E +1,” the latest amateur title to be named to the list, Sam Fuller’s harrowing 16mm footage of the concentration camp in Falkenau, Czechoslovakia. Fuller had several screenwriting credits to his name before joining the U.S. Army in World War II, but his career as a director was several years ahead of him when he was one of the infantrymen liberating the camp.  (more…)