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Home Movie Day Comes to Eugene Sat., Oct. 20

Dhome movie day projector imageon’t throw away your old 8mm, Super 8, 16mm, and VHS home movies! Instead, bring them to Knight Library on Home Movie Day, Sat., Oct. 20, from noon to 4 p.m., to view them and learn more about their value as historical and cultural documents. A program of talks and presentations on home movies will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Local film experts and archivists will assess the condition of the film before projecting movies for viewing. They will also offer advice on how to best preserve and protect these film formats from damage. Talks about the phenomenon of home movie making and a screening of some of these older film formats will also be offered as part of the day’s events.

Times and locations of Home Movie Day activities are:
•    Noon - 4:00 p.m., film inspection and viewing, Studio A and Proctor Classrooms 41 and 42, ground floor, Knight Library
•    6:30 p.m., “Home Movies as Documentary Film,” Tom Robinson, home movie film expert, Proctor Classroom 41, ground floor, Knight Library
•    7:00 p.m. "People Near Here” screening and discussion with Ron Finne, Proctor Classroom 41, ground floor, Knight Library

Home Movie Day is an international event intended to help the public learn about, enjoy and rescue films now considered obsolete because of home video.

“Saving our film heritage should not be limited only to commercially produced films,” says legendary director and film preservation advocate Martin Scorsese. “Home movies do not just capture the important private moments of our family's lives, but they are historical and cultural documents as well.”

“If you’ve kept your older home movies all these years but don’t have a way to view them, here’s your chance to revisit the past through film,” says James Fox, head of the library’s Special Collections and University Archives and coordinator for Home Movie Day in Eugene. “We encourage anyone who has an interest in home movies to attend and take advantage of this rare opportunity to celebrate home movie making.”

UO Home Movie Day  is sponsored by the UO Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives and Center for Media and Educational Technologies, UO Arts and Administration Program, UO Academic Extension, and Cinema Pacific.

Visit to learn more about national and international activities planned for Home Movie Day. For more information on the local event, contact James Fox at 541-346-1904,

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