Triangle Home Movie Day this Saturday will celebrate those amateur films featuring cousin Sally toddling around the house for the first time or Grandpa Bob going fishing.
The free family-friendly event is 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at the N.C. State Archives, 109 E. Jones St., in downtown Raleigh (which is a block or two from the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences).
You can bring your own films to have screened or watch others' films and play Home Movie Day Bingo. Motion picture archivists will be there with information on how to store your films and plan for their future. The event is sponsored by A/V Geeks and the Film Studies Program at N.C. State University.
Home Movie Day is a national event celebrating amateur films, the people who make them and the stories they tell. It was started by a group of film archivists who worried about what would happen to all the home movies shot on film during the last century.
They knew boxes full of movies sat in storage because families had no projector or because people worried the films would be too fragile to view. And they knew that many of the old movies were tossed out after they were transferred to videotape or DVD even though original films actually can long outlast any film or video transfer.
For more on that, check the Home Movie Day website or just attend the event on Saturday.