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Across the world, archivists, historians, and film enthusiasts will gather on October 19th in celebration of the 11th annual Home Movie Day. While the official San Francisco Home Movie Day venue is the San Francisco Media Archive (see sfm.org for details), the Exploratorium, in conjunction with Market Days: Heirlooms, is pleased to collaborate with local home movie advocates on three specially curated screenings of amatuer made cinema from local and distant landscapes, all celebrating the importance and beauty of these historical treasures.
12:00 p.m.: California Light and Sound
A partnership between twenty-three libraries, archives, and museums, the California Preservation Project is an ambitious program dedicated to digitizing and sharing the rich audiovisual history of California. Project coordinator, Pamela Vadakan, has selected some of the best home movies from California Light and Sound’s broad collection.
2:00 p.m.: Welcome to San Francisco Moviemakers! Drawing from an archive of thousands of films, this program, presented by San Francisco Media Archive founder and curator Stephen Parr, features landscapes visible from our Pier 15 home. See what Chinatown and Little Italy looked like during the not-so-distant past. Gaze upon Ken Kesey’s bus parked in the panhandle during a march of Merry Pranksters, and get dizzy watching a psychedelic lopsided romp through the city.
4:00 p.m.: Home Movies Greatest Hits and Selections from the San Francisco Participatory Archives Group
Stop by the Home Movie Day table at Market Days: Heirlooms from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. where archivists and volunteers from the San Francisco Participatory Archives Group will be on hand to share skills and knowledge about historic home movie formats, how to care for film, and some of the local projects focused on supporting and sharing historic home movies.