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Film Tue Oct 15 2013

Get Nostalgic at Home Movie Day


It's time to dust off the tapes labeled "1st Birthday" and "Grand Canyon Trip 1986" buried deep in your closet--the Chicago History Museum is teaming up with Chicago Film Archives and Northwest Chicago Film Society for Home Movie Day, Saturday, October 19.

All you have to do is show up with your celluloid home movies, and the film experts at the event will inspect and project them at no cost. In addition to receiving tips on storing and preserving these precious reels, silent film pianist David Drazin will be in attendance to bring your films to life. Bring your best home movie, and you might win a $100 gift card for home movie transfer services or a membership to the Gene Siskel Film Center and Chicago Filmmakers.

Highlights this year include a spotlight on two Chicago neighborhoods, Bronzeville and Ravenswood, in which attendees can learn about The Forum, Bronzeville's historic performance hall; in addition, home movies of Olympic champion Ralph Metcalfe will be screened.

While you might simply watch home movies for nostalgia's sake, those behind Home Movie Day think your first birthday party is a beautifully flawed film depicting local history. So don't miss out on an opportunity to showcase your baby quirks in front of a giant audience; believe it or not, they're regarded as art in the eyes of these film organizations.

The event will take place at Chicago History Museum at 1601 N. Clark St. from 11am-3pm (a curated screening will be held at 2pm). Admission is free; for more information, call 312-642-4600.

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Anne Wells / October 16, 2013 10:32 AM

thanks so much for spreading the word, Mina! A few corrections, though: we can only accommodate celluloid home movie formats (16mm., 8mm. and/or Super 8mm.). We also will NOT be doing transfers during the event, only inspections and projections. More info on Home Movie Day Chicago here:

-Anne Wells
Chicago Film Archives, Collections Manager

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