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Home Movie Day

When: Sat., Oct. 15 2016

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15

HOME MOVIE DAY

In Mad magazine's parodic treatment of America's banal consumer culture, home movies came under fire frequently—the cliché image was of a couple breaking out their home movies and obliviously boring their guests to tears. Home movies, so it was implied, were nothing more than an indulgence, lacking in artistic merit and holding no interest for anyone besides the subjects themselves. In recent decades, the world has become far more sympathetic toward homemade and amateur films, maybe because they now seem to capture fleeting glimpses of an increasingly unrecognizable world. These images of family celebrations, kids on sleds, period transportation, and the like achieve an unexpected poignancy through their imperfections and enigmatic silence. International Home Movie Day, which is coming to the N.C. State Archives in Raleigh courtesy of the A/V Geeks, is a DIY kind of thing. People bring their own footage in several dated formats and play them for the gathered crowd. Often accompanied by a sympathetic music score, the clips flicker with a magical allure that can't be conjured through CGI. If tears come, they won't be from boredom. —David Klein

NORTH CAROLINA STATE ARCHIVES, RALEIGH
1–4 p.m., free, www.avgeeks.com

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