Home Movie Day Saturday, October 20, 2012
12 noon and 3 pm in the Exploratorium's McBean Theater
And Screening Daily: Tuesday October 9 through Saturday, October 20 2012
10 am – 5pm, In the Webcast Studio
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From long-gone landscapes to amateur antics and dated outfits, who doesn’t love that window into the past that is the home movie? In conjunction with the internationally celebrated Home Movie Day on Saturday, October 20, 2012, the Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts (with support from the San Francisco Media Archive) will screen a selection of some of the best archived home movies. Taking place on two different screens in the museum, visitors can see one program in the McBean Theater at 12 noon and 3 pm, and a different program playing throughout the day in the Exploratorium’s Webcast Studio. In addition to the screenings on October 20, the Exploratorium will also run a continuous loop of shorts in the Webcast Studio, daily during museum hours from Tuesday October 9 through Saturday, October 20, 2012. The short films in these programs highlight the historical importance of the genre – as well as documentation of local landscapes.
Schedule for Home Movie Day screenings is as follows:
Monday, October 15 through Saturday October 20, 2012, 10 am - 5 pm
Those who research home movies can say firmly the vast majority feature a few common themes: birthdays, vacations, new houses and parades. On view is an extensive treasure trove of these commonplace home movies — beautiful historical documents that highlight just how shared our individual experiences are.
Home Movie Day: Exceptions to the Rules
Saturday, October 20, 2012 in the Exploratorium's McBean Theater
12 noon and 3 pm
While the vast majority of home movies feature a few common themes, there are, of course, the rare examples that elevate home movie making into an art form. These films showcase amateur filmmakers who are better than the pro's, and highlight the potential for a new artistic understanding of home movies. Films include:
Disneyland Dreams (Segments, 1956) In July of 1956, the Barstow family of Connecticut won a trip to the newly opened Disneyland. The film — a charming document of their dream-come-true vacation — is one of the most beloved and well known home movies.
Multiple SIDosis (1970, 9 min.) This is a different kind of home movie. This complicated amateur film sees filmmaker and star, Sid Laverents, operating as a one-man band, performing the song Nola on a variety of instruments as a full band of "Sids" slowly appear on screen.
Think of Me First as a Person (1975/ 2006, 11 min.) Composed primarily of home movies recorded by Dwight Core, Sr. in the 1960’s - 1970’s, Think of Me First as a Person, is a loving document for his son, Dwight Core, Jr. who has Down Syndrome. A narration by Core Sr. honestly addresses the perceptions of and misconceptions towards Down Syndrome during the years Jr. was raised, creating a moving and honest portrait of a family’s love.
A Way of Saying (Segments, Various Dates, 8 min.) In 2010, Mexico’s Cineteca Nacional began Archivo Memoria, an initiative to collect home movies from throughout the country and make them available to the public. Issa Garcia Ascot’s A Way of Saying uses films from this collection to create a seamless document of collective cultural experiences.
About Home Movie Day
Originating in 2002, Home Movie Day was the brainchild of a group of film archivists concerned about the future of millions of culturally valuable home movies deteriorating in basements, attics and closets worldwide. To promote the importance of home movies, they instituted an international home movie day event. In support of the official Home Movie Day screening at the San Francisco Media Archive on October 20, 2012, the Exploratorium presents a selection of typical and atypical home movies that highlight the importance of our seemingly small, individual histories.
The San Francisco Media Archive is a non-profit institution dedicated to acquiring, preserving and making available film and related materials available to the public and researchers. They encourage anyone with small gauge films of their own to reach out to the Archive. Home movie submissions can be dropped of in advance, and on October 20, 2012. Community films will be screened in tandem with a selection of rare amateur films from the San Francisco Media Archive’s remarkable collection. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details or visit www.homemovieday.com .