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HMD Report: Rotterdam 2012

HMD Report: Rotterdam

City: Rotterdam
Event Venue: Kriterion, Groothandelsgebouw, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Event time (screening): Sunday October 14th 2012, 12PM – 4PM
Event time (inspection): same
Total Audience: 60
Number of people bringing film/video: 12
Number of films/video received: 130

Films screened by Gauge:
VHS, HI8, dvd’s, umatic, 8mm film.

Volunteers (No. and names):

Anouk de Haas
Guus van Veldhuizen
Hans Brouwer
Gwenny van Hasselt
Peter Berghout

Peter Dekker
André Guido Bruin
Also, 4 members of the Rotterdam Video and Smallfilm Liga were present.

Special events/screenings:

– Marriage film Ridderkerk early 90ies
– DIY-documentaries about city of Rotterdam from 1980-2010
– Extensive documentation of Pink Saturday Rotterdam 2001
– Personal videoarchive of abuse activist 1980-2010
– 8mm’s: homemovies and documentaries from 1960-1980

Press (pre-event and post-event):
Radio Rijnmond – interview Radio Schiedam – interview Algemeen Dagblad Stadskrant
Report submitted by Anouk de Haas

The Home Movie Day by the Rotterdam City Archives was organised within the scope of the Amateur Film Platform project (www.amateurfilmplatform.nl). The aim of the project is to make a diverse and broad range of amateur films of four Dutch archives available online. Together with project lead The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and the two other regional archive partners, four HMDs were organised within the scope of the project. Unique about these four days was that the focus lay exclusively with video, since one of the main project goals is to save amateur recordings from the video era (+/- 1980-2005) before it is too late. The target of the project is to acquire 100 hours of new material.

??A wide variety of formats and films were brought in, from VHS, to Hi8, and from Umatic to 8mm films, ranging from the 70s to 2010. The topics were also very broad, many videos contained family material (marriage), but also the demolition of a historical railway, a ‘Pink Saturday’ gay pride parade from 2011 and a report on the festivities of the jubilee of the ‘Red Woman’ group in 1980.

Many visitors indicated that they also had more materials at home, so we expect to receive more contributions after the Home Movie Day. Viewing and selection is expected to be completed before Christmas, at which time a selection of material will be officially acquired by the Rotterdam City Archives, digitized and made available online in the context of Amateurfilmplatform.nl.

See also the event reports of the other Home Movie Days of the Amateur Film Project:
• 13 October, Groningen, GAVA
• 20 October, Amsterdam, Sound and Vision
• 27 October, Venlo, Limburgs Museum

Project URL: www.amateurfilmplatform

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