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Call for submissions: archivist home movies

2015-12-08 8:51 AM | Michelle Romero

John Waters has said that there's no such thing as a bad home movie.

But you don't need to tell that to a bunch of archivists. We all know how much home movies and amateur films are an important aspect to documenting everyday life and our cultural history. To celebrate these unique films found in countless archival collections across New England, NEA will host a Home Movie Day screening and discussion during the NEA Spring 2016 Meeting led by Liz Coffey, Film Conservator at Harvard Film Archive.

We are asking NEA members to submit either personal family home movies or else amateur films/home movies from archival institution's collections. Formats accepted: 8mm, super 8, super 8 sound, 16mm, VHS, DVD, digital files (playable via laptop). And please note: all films will be handled by archivists and returned with care.

If you wish to submit a film or video for this unique event, please complete a submission form for consideration before January 15, 2016. Any questions, please contact John Campopiano (

To quote Mr. Waters again: Home Movie Day is an orgy of self-discovery, a chance for family memories to suddenly become show business. If you’ve got one, whip it out and show it now.
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