Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Yes folks, it's Home Movie Day time again!

When: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Where: Northwest Film Forum               1515 12th AvenueWhat time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Formats: 8mm, Super 8, 16mm
Hannah Palin, Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, filmarc@uw.edu, (206) 321-8301orPhilip Borgnes, Sidewalk Cinema, pborgnes@gmail.com, (206) 276-8001

Bring yer movies, bring yer stories, bring yerself and have fun!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Home Movie Day Coming Saturday

We are excited about this year's Home Movie Day! There is a lot of activity this week for archival films starting with the Association of Moving Image Archivists' annual meeting which is in Seattle this week. In other archival news, my co-host for HMD Hannh Palin and I were interviewed last week by Monica Spain of KPLU about the importance of film preservation. You can hear the short inteview on KPLU's website.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Everyman His Own Historian

"History is the memory of things said and done."

I was reminded the other day of a brilliant presentation by Carl Becker who was the president of the American Historical Association in 1931. It is as relevant and perhaps just as controversial as it was then.

Friday, October 5, 2012

A Film Library

If you are like me you probably have some movies at home. And you probably have them in several different formats too. We recently upgraded our DVD player to Blu-ray so now I enjoy the great picture you can get onto an LCD screen. Blu-ray is now my preferred format for watching movies at home. It looks great, is convenient  doesn't take up much room. In addition to this newest format I still have NTSC and a few PAL formated DVDs, VHS, DV, HDV, Hi-8, BetaSP, (got rid of my laser and CED analog discs a long time ago), and a handful of HD-DVDs that I play on my Xbox, not to mention all the various file formats of films: MPEG-2, MPEG-4, , etc. Which brings me to my other favorite format, film. There I have the usual suspects Standard 8, Super 8, 16mm, and some 35mm - all safety film too. My only nitrate film (which was a mistake to acquire) was donated to the Library of Congress and shipped off in with a slew of special paperwork no doubt to protect, from litigation, any harm that might result from a mishap. So there you have a library of some fourteen plus formats all vying for attention. I'm sure there are more I've forgotten. All, or most all, requiring there own player and hardware.
I was thinking about all of the above, well some of it, when I started to read this article from the March, 1927 edition of Amateur Move Makers. Of the competing formats at that time, 35mm, 17.5mm, 28mm, and likely some more too, this size - 16mm - won out for a host of reasons and had now become the most popular format for home use. The amazing thing to me is that this library, some 85 years old now, can still be played and enjoyed. I hope my Blu-ray discs last as long.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Seattle HMD 2012 Schedule

This year, like most every year, Home Movie Day is officially on October 20, 2012. I say officially  but not literally. Each location has the option to work out a schedule that is a best fit for what is happening, or if there is another event tie-in. This year Seattle is host to the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) during December 4-7, 2012. We'd like to take advantage of this audience and will have the Seattle HMD on December 8, 2012 at our favorite facility, Northwest Film Forum. This year is also special because it is the 10th anniversary of HMD and Hannah Palin, my esteemed partner in this HMD affair and hostess since year 1 of the event, will be co-hosting it again with me.

Final details still need to be worked out, but here is what we know:

Location: Northwest Film Forum
Date: December 8, 2012
Time: 10am - 1pm
Cost: FREE!

Volunteers to help with the event, screen films, etc. would be more than welcome. This has been a pretty low-key affair here in years past so hopefully with this anniversary we can kick it up a notch or two with your participation. Please let me know if you can help.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Films for HMD 2012

This is one of the films that will be shown at the Seattle Home Movie Day. Date code of the film is 1930.
See if you can spot the Smith Tower (built in 1914) which was the tallest building west of the Mississippi for almost 50 years.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

HMD 2012

10th Year 

This will be the 10th year for Home Movie Day. We hope to make this a special event with many screenings and activities. Usually the turn out has been quite modest, however everyone that comes has a great time and learns something about home movies. If you would like to help out with this event, either in the planning, promotion or helping in any way, please drop me a line.
As soon as we have location information we will update you here.

Potential Dates for Seattle HMD: Saturday Oct. 20th, 2012, Saturday Dec. 8th, 2012
Location: TBD


Seattle is the site for the 2012 Association of Moving Image Archivists, December 4-7, 2012. We may have the Seattle HMD to coincide with this event if there is interest and have access to a venue. If you will be coming to Seattle and are interested in attending our HMD please let us know. Details on AMIA can be found at their site: http://amiaconference.com/