Home Movies Day in EdmontonOn Saturday, October 15, 2011 International Home Movie Day will be observed in Edmonton for the fourth time. Celebrated in over 50 cities worldwide, Home Movie Day is a means of highlighting both the cultural significance of amateur films and the need to properly preserve these important artifacts. Home Movie Day, free and open to the public, is intended as a “bring-your-own-film” event, where people can bring their home movies to have them inspected and projected. The event will start at noon with a Film Clinic run by archivists from the Provincial Archives of Alberta. These experts can assess film condition, suggest proper storage and care for film, and discuss important considerations for film-to-video transfers. A screening of home movies will begin at 2:00 pm, encouraging audience discussion of the films, filmmaker and the images shared.

University of Alberta film professor and Home Movie Day spokesperson Liz Czach describes the importance of the event’s public film screenings:

This is an opportunity for members of the public with home movies on 8mm, Super 8mm or 16mm to see them and share them with an audience. It’s also a chance to discover why home movies matter and to learn how best to care for them.

Archivist Terry O’Riordan with the Provincial Archives of Alberta notes that home movies “are an unscripted and genuine documentation of social history that afford us a glimpse into the lives of regular people.”

Stanley A. Milner Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton Room Free and Open to the Public Home Movie Clinic starts at noon. Screening starts at 2 pm Co-presented by the Edmonton Public Library, the Provincial Archives of Alberta and the University of Alberta. For more info see www.homemovieday.com.