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Home Movie Day @ the WMML

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Home Movie Day

Home Movie Day

Join us on Saturday, December 7th for Home Movie Day at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library! Home Movie Day (HMD) is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually at many local venues worldwide—and now it's coming to Palm Springs! HMD provides the opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community, and discover how best to care for them. So rummage through the closets and attics for your home movies and come on down! The program will be from at 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Cornelia White Community Room at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library (WMML) located at 100 S. Palm Canyon Dr. in downtown Palm Springs. For more information, please call the Welwood Murray Memorial Library at 760-323-8296.   

Founded in 2002, Home Movie Day celebrates them all: the bizarre and the brilliant, the obscure and the famous. Formed as a sort of outreach effort for archivists, the annual affair gives everyone who attends the chance to screen their films. For a lot of family members without access to working projectors, this is a great opportunity to see what’s in their collection. At the same time, it lets archivists counsel on the need for preservation.

NOTE: experts will be on hand to inspect your films and make minor repairs.  With your permission, we will show your treasures (about 5 mins.)!  Learn how to care for your films and what to do when you transfer them to another format. You needn’t have film to enjoy HMD!  Come relax, watch other people’s films, and win valuable and/or questionable prizes playing HOME MOVIE DAY BINGO!

Your Palm Springs Home Movie Day team is ready to work with 8mm, Super 8, VHS, and DVD (again, about a 5 mins. limit per participant).

More about HMD???:

Organized locally by Melissa Dollman, a PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in American Studies. She has been a cataloger, audiovisual archivist, intern, volunteer, adjunct faculty, exhibit developer, and researcher for cultural heritage institutions including Women In Film Foundation, UCLA Film and Television Archive, Academy Film Archive, Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, State Archives of North Carolina, and North Carolina State University. She is author of short pieces in the journal The Moving Image, a chapter on home movies and ethics in 2017's Amateur Movie Making: Aesthetics of the Everyday in New England, 1915-1960, as well as videographic essays "Cue the Women" (2015) about a history of women in 1980s public access television, and "Gone Estray" (2019) which tackles found home movie footage and privacy. She is on the board of directors for the Association of Moving Image Archivists, 2016-present.

Devin Orgeron is emeritus professor of film and Media studies at North Carolina State University where he taught and researched for nearly two decades. He has also been on faculty at the University of Maryland and the Catholic University of America. He is the author of Road Movies, a book that traces cinema’s historical obsession with the subject of human mobility. His work since 2008 has focused on the growing interest in and movement around non-theatrical film (home movies, educational films, advertisements, industrial films, and the avant garde). He is editor of and contributor to 2012’s Learning with the Lights Off, a collection of essays focused on film’s educational uses in the United States from the turn-of-the-century to the beginning of the video era. He is also editor-in-chief of The Moving Image: the Journal of The Association of Moving Image Archivists

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