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Restoring, preserving home movies a key goal of 'Home Movie Day'

Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Released 8/2/2007

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Those old 8 mm, Super 8 or 16 mm home movies collecting dust in attics and basements across Champaign-Urbana could be valuable sources of history, if they were restored to first-rate condition or preserved.

Films will be offered a chance at reclaiming their part in cultural heritage at the second annual film clinic at the University of Illinois. “Home Movie Day” will take place 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 11 (Saturday) in Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunication at WILL AM-FM-TV, 300 N. Goodwin Ave., Urbana. The clinic is free and open to the public.

Among the activities offered during the clinic:

• Assessment by archivists of the condition of older films;

• Advice on how to preserve and care for films and videos; also, explanations by specialists about “why transferring films to video or digital media doesn’t mean they’ll last forever,” said Jimi Jones, project coordinator for the U. of I. Library’s audiovisual self-assessment program, who can be reached at;

• Continuous screenings of home movies that participants bring in and of films preserved in local archival collections;

• Discussion with a representative from the Champaign County Historical Archives on how home movies can be donated to the archives.

WILL AM-FM-TV and the U. of I. Library are event sponsors.

Home Movie Day began nationally in 2003 when a group of film archivists decided to go beyond traditional preservation methods to try to save home movies from the 20th century.