National Home Movie Day at Americus, Sat. Oct 24

October 20, 2010 – 5:06 PM

Home Movie Day is the perfect opportunity for people to connect with our past and to move the conversation about preserving our cultural heritage into the future.” — Ken Burns

National Home Movie Day 2010 is coming to Americus, Georgia on Sunday, Oct. 24  from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30  p.m. at the Rylander Theatre at 310 West Lamar Street.

The event is sponsored by the University of Georgia Main Libraries Brown Media Archives and the Rylander Theatre.

National Home Movie Day is a worldwide celebration of amateur films and filmmaking. Home Movie Day is held annually in October. The provide an opportunity for individuals and families to learn more about their own family movies, how to care for films and videotapes, and how home movies have helped capture 20th-century history.

Home Movie Day in Americus is free and open to the public. There will be a screening of home movies from the Archive’s collection which includes footage from around the state as well as from the Americus area. There will also be a brief talk about the best ways to preserve unique home-grown films and videotapes. Attendees are encouraged to bring films, videotapes, and DVDs  with them for brief inspection and advice from the archivists that will be in attendance.

“If you have home movies on film or videotape that you are worried about preserving bring them to Home Movie Day,” said Ruta Abolins, director of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection. “We will be screening 16mm, regular 8mm, and Super 8mm home movie, videotape, DVDs. Too many people see their home movies as just documenting their family; they don’t realize that home movies provide insight into family custom, lifestyle, landscape and history.”

The Brown Media Archive has been working with Americus resident Sheffield Hale in organizing, preserving, and transferring his family’s home movie collection that spans from the 1920s-1960s…

Free and open to the public!

For more information about Home Movie Day in Americus, contact Ruta Abolins at 706-542-4757. For more information about National Home Movie Day, see

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