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Home Grown Movies 2014

Home Grown Movies returns with a selection of films shown at recent Home Movie Day events from around the world. These eleven film come from across the United States, Japan, the Canary Islands, and outer space, and featuring newly composed musical scores and commentary by the stars.

The Films

Halloween, 1958 is Morton Savada’s home movie of his family’s Halloween night, featuring son Eli in his shiny, though short-lived Sputnik costume. The movie includes a commentary by Eli. Film scan by Movette Film Transfer.

Love Pageant Rally documents the 1966 countercultural event staged in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, featuring Ken Kesey’s “Further” bus and shots of performance by Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company. Film scan by Movette Film Transfer.

Parmer Leroy Miller – Parmer & Roose Miller’s Family Reunion Trip to Illinois, 1930 shows a cross-country road trip by the Miller family back to their family’s farm in Kibbie, Illinois, where we see scenes of daily farm life along with some lively dance numbers. Film scan by Movette Film Transfer.

Mary Ancel – Happy Birthday Jack is a Hi-8 video of a one-year-old’s birthday party, showing baby Jack’s (and his family’s) singular attention on his cake eating.

Midtown Hi-Jinx, an unidentified orphan film, is a series of scenes shot by some young people on the streets of New York City in the 1940s.

Hiromichi Kobayashi – Sahohime is a short poetic amateur film from Japan about the meeting of two children.

Montebello, California, 12/01/1957 comes from the United States Air Force’s “Project Blue Book” collection of home movies documenting U.F.O. sightings.

Isla de La Graciosa is a compilation of super 8 home movies shot by tourists and residents on La Graciosa in the Canary Islands.

Guru! is a biographical documentary by Carlos Enrique Muñiz Melau about a pyrotechnician and music lover from Beniaján, Murcia, Spain.

The Magic Sword, a claymation fairy tale, was made by two 10 year old girls in  summer animation class.

A Dream is a mummy film shot by the family and friends of Musgrave Hyde in Morristown, New Jersey in the early 1930s, soon after the release of Universal Studios’ The Mummy, starring Boris Karloff.

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