The first ever Piedmont Triad Home Movie Day will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 1:00–5:00 p.m. in the auditorium (Room 404) of Z. Smith Reynolds Library on the campus of Wake Forest University. This year’s event is sponsored by Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Davidson College’s E.H. Little Library, and A/V Geeks Transfer Services.
Members of the public are invited to bring in their own home movies to be screened and shared with other attendees. Formats accepted for on-site projection include 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm film. Depending upon the condition of the film, attendees will have the chance to view their own films on the big screen and will receive a free transfer of their film, thanks to equipment provided by A/V Geeks Transfer Services.
Now in its twelfth year, Home Movie Day is an international event held in local communities around the world. It provides an opportunity for participants to bring in their home movies, learn more about their own family films, and—most importantly—watch them and share them with others! Archivists and film transfer professionals are on-site to share information about how to care for films and videotapes so that they can be enjoyed by future generations.
Because they are local events, Home Movie Day screenings can focus on family and community histories in a meaningful way. This year’s event will be the first Home Movie Day ever to be hosted in the Piedmont Triad.
“Home movies capture so much of our lives—from footage of kids’ birthday parties, historic (now humorous) public service announcements, and full-length amateur films, to footage that we have of Wake Forest’s original campus in Wake Forest, NC that we have in our university archives,” says Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Director of Special Collections and Archives at Z. Smith Reynolds Library. “Films provide unique perspectives on our society and capture important moments from our past. Yet they exist in many increasingly obsolete formats and often don’t find their way into the historical record. We look forward to celebrating and discussing how to preserve home movies as vignettes in time.”
For more information about the Piedmont Triad Home Movie Day on November 8, please contact Chelcie Rowell.
For more information about Home Movie Days around the world, visit the Home Movie Day website.
Let us know you’re coming! Please indicate your interest in attending Home Movie Day via our Facebook event or our Wake Forest University event (whichever you prefer) so that we can provide ample refreshments.