Home Movie Day: 'Revisit the past through film'

Home Movie Day: 'Revisit the past through film'
Don't throw your old home movies away -- learn how to preserve your film and the history captured in home movies.

EUGENE, Ore. - Don’t throw away your old 8mm, Super 8, 16mm, and VHS home movies.

Instead, bring them to the University of Oregon's Knight Library on Home Movie Day, Sat., Oct. 20, from noon to 4 p.m., to view them and learn more about their value as historical and cultural documents.

Local film experts and archivists will assess the condition of the film and offer advice on how to best preserve and protect these film formats from damage. Movies will be shown on projection equipment provided by the UO Libraries.

A pair of talks on home movies will begin at 6:30 p.m. Home movie film expert Tom Robinson will speak on “Home Movies as Documentary Film,” followed by a screening and discussion with Ron Finne of “People Near Here.”

“If you’ve kept your older home movies all these years but don’t have a way to view them, here’s your chance to revisit the past through film,” says James Fox, head of the library’s Special Collections and University Archives and coordinator for Home Movie Day in Eugene. “We encourage anyone who has an interest in home movies to attend and take advantage of this rare opportunity to celebrate home movie making.”

Home Movie Day is an international event intended to help the public learn about, enjoy and rescue films now considered obsolete because of home video. For more information on Home Movie Day worldwide, visit http://homemovieday.com/.