Preserving and viewing old home movies just became easier and cheaper. As part of International Home Movie Day, organizations in the United States and abroad are offering to preserve and show home movies on Saturday.
In South Florida, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives will participate in Home Movie Day, which celebrates 8mm and 16mm amateur and home films.
Consumers with old 8mm or 16mm movies that feature scenes of Florida are asked to donate the films to the Wolfsonian, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. In exchange, employees will transfer the films for free to DVD.
Home movies are like diaries of ordinary people, said Don Chauncey, director for the Wolfsonian Archives. "Home movies have increasingly become valued as primary source materials for historians.''
The event was launched by film archivists in 2002 and now includes participants from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom, according to Barron Sherer, curator at Wolfsonian, one of the original participants in the event. Since 1986, the archive has been collecting home films and the collection represents one of largest of amateur films in the United States.
Donated films will be shown for free in a screening from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Home Movie Day at Miami-Dade Public Library, 101 W. Flagler St.
Contact www.wolfsonarchive.org or 305-375-1505.
For more information, go to www.homemovieday.com_
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