Home Movie Day Boston 2009-10

Home Movie Day is a remarkable, world-wide event where local film enthusiasts and archivists invite members of the public to bring home movies to be inspected for damage, cleaned, and projected on the big screen for a public audience. In 2009, we partnered with Home Movie Day organizers to bring the event to Boston Street Lab’s Storefront Library. In 2010, we brought Home Movie Day to a new waterfront space in downtown Boston.

Photos and past news entries about the our work with Home Movie Day below.

Home Movie Day Boston 2010 Waterfront

Home Movie Day Chinatown 2009


Thanks to Northeastern University’s Dept. of Art + Design Students

Boston Street Lab thanks students from the Contested Terrains design seminar in Northeastern University’s Department of Art + Design (listed below) and Instructor Lee Moreau for graphic design work in support of the upcoming Home Movie Day event on Boston’s waterfront.

Students made a site visit and came up with original ideas that we’ll be using for this event and others in the future. We appreciate their hard work and their willingness to collaborate with us to expand expectations of how (and where) public space can be created in downtown Boston.

Here are some examples of their work—help us spread the word about this weekend’s event:

Contested Terrains design seminar in Northeastern University’s Dept of Art + Design:
Anastasios Petridis
Bari Krug
Daniel Ricardelli
Derrick Nickerson
Geri Ann Quinlivan
Laura Upham
Michael Masi
Randall Dewitt
Taylor Bodnar
Lee Moreau, Instructor

Boston Street Lab brings Home Movie Day to downtown Boston


Saturday, October 16 · 11:00am – 4:00pm
Independence Wharf Public Room, 470 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110

In 2009, Boston Street Lab’s Storefront Library hosted a remarkable event called Home Movie Day—a celebration of amateur film where the community is invited to show and watch old home movies on super 8, 8mm, 16mm, DVD, and VHS. The event is expertly run by the Cambridge contingent of the nationwide Home Movie Day organization. Each year, Home Movie Day celebrates amateur film worldwide by inviting people to bring their films on to be screened and connecting them with local archivists who help with movie preservation. On October 16, 2010, we’re teaming up again to bring the event to a new waterfront space in downtown Boston.

Bring your super 8, 8mm, and 16mm films to share, or just come to watch! Volunteer film archivists inspect films for damage and project them on the big screen. VHS and DVD formats also welcome — please cue ahead of time and limit video clips to 5 minutes. New this year: on-site low budget film transfers, live piano accompaniment, free coffee! Film check in: 11am – 12pm; Screening: 12pm – 4pm; Drop in anytime.

ALSO ON SATURDAY, OCT 16, NEARBY: Check out the Fort Point Arts Community Open Studios.

Thanks to Boston Street Lab space partners Independence Wharf and Cushman & Wakefield. Also thanks to students from the Contested Terrains design seminar in Northeastern University’s Department of Art + Design, Fort Point Arts Community Open Studios, and The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Maggie Husak, and I. Osborn.

Join us with your home movies, Dec 5


Home Movie Night at the Storefront Library
Saturday, December 5, 5:00-8:00pm. Here’s an Event Flyer—help us spread the word.

This event is brought to you by the Boston hosts of the annual nationwide Home Movie Day. Home Movie Day celebrates amateur film by inviting people to bring their films to be screened. We will show film on super 8, 8mm, and 16mm, as well as DVD and VHS (limit 5 minutes, and tapes must be cued ahead of time). Local film archivists will be on hand to discuss home movie preservation. If you don’t have films to show, come down and watch someone else’s! Check-in with your films at 5pm; Films will screen 6-8pm. Refreshments provided. For more information, contact Amy Sloper, Harvard Film Archive Assistant Film Conservator at 617-496-8394, or asloper@fas.harvard.edu Continued…