Home Movie Days

Do you have home movies on film you haven’t seen in years?

Don’t throw them away - bring them to Home Movie Day.


Don’t have any films of your own?  Come on down and watch someone else’s!


As Director John Waters says: “There’s no such thing as a bad home movie.”


The Rhode Island Historical Society will present the Providence edition of Home Movie Day on August 4, 2007 from 1-5pm at the Aldrich House, 110 Benevolent Street, Providence.  The public is invited to bring their home and/or amateur movies on 8mm, super 8mm or 16mm film to be screened at Home Movie Day (sorry, no video).  Many people have film in their closets and attics which they haven’t seen in years, or perhaps ever, for lack of a projector.  Home Movie Day is an opportunity for those films to get out of storage and onto the silver screen.  This event is free and open to the public.


Featured at this year’s event is a 1915 silent film from the RIHS Film Archives of the Brown University Graduation and Reunion.  The original nitrate film was preserved through a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.  Highlights include Brown graduates and alumni in stately procession in formal wear and then in goofy skits wearing clown suits and dressed as film stars of the day “Charlie Chumplin” and “Mary Pitchfork.”


Local film archivists will be on hand to discuss film preservation, home movies, and amateur films of regional interest.  Films will be screened on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Each film must be inspected to ensure it is strong enough to run on a projector.  The film will be inspected by staff at the Rhode Island Historical Society the week prior to the event.  Individuals with films they’d like to screen are asked to drop off their film for inspection at the location and times noted below.  

Film inspection drop off location:

            Rhode Island Historical Society Library

            121 Hope Street

            Providence, RI 02903

Film inspection drop off times:

Wednesday, August 1   10am – 5pm

Thursday, August 2       12pm – 8pm

Friday, August 3           10am – 5pm


Home Movie Day began in 2003 when a small group of film archivists decided to go beyond traditional preservation methods to try and save the countless reels of home movies shot on film during the 20th century.  Home Movie Day has become a worldwide celebration of amateur films and filmmaking with events every August from Australia to Arkansas.  HMD events provide an opportunity for individuals and families to learn more about their own family movies, how to care for films, and how home movies have helped capture 20th century history.


The Film Archives at the Rhode Island Historical Society, was started in 1969 with the donation of newsfilm from TV station WPRI – Channel 12.  It blossomed into one of the first regional film archives in the country, with a mission to collect film made in, or concerning, Rhode Island.  The RIHS now has one of the largest collections of regional film in New England, well over 5 million feet.  Find out more by contacting Karen Eberhart, Special Collections Curator by phone (273-8107 x20) or email (keberhart@rihs.org) or visiting our website: www.rihs.org/grcollfilm.htm.


Event details

When: Saturday, August 4, 2007

Time:  1pm - 5pm

Where:  Rhode Island Historical Society

  Aldrich House

  110 Benevolent Street 02906

Price:  Free

Contact: Karen Eberhart,  Special Collections Curator

    Rhode Island Historical Society Library

    401-273-8107 ext. 20





Founded in 1822, the Rhode Island Historical Society is the nation’s fourth oldest state historical society and is today the steward of tens of thousands of books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, paintings, artifacts, and other historical materials.  The Society maintains its research library and John Brown House Museum in Providence and operates the Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket.  The Society’s ongoing public and educational programming includes publication of the historical journal Rhode Island History and the presentation of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and tours





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