UA to Host Home Movie Day 2012

Gabrielle Sykes-Casavant
Oct. 8, 2012

Attention southern Arizona and U.S.-Mexico borderlands filmmakers and film lovers: The UA Special Collections and the English department are hosting the Tucson debut of Home Movie Day. 

An international program observed by more than 50 cities and 13 countries worldwide, the 10th annual Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking, home movies, and film preservation. Film archivists established the event to highlight the cultural significance of home movies and the need to properly preserve them as artifacts of culture.

Film submissions are accepted at UA Special Collections, weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment. Submissions will be accepted through Oct. 12.

The Oct. 20 event will be held 1-3 p.m at the UA Special Collections, 1510 E. University Blvd.

For now, filmmakers who have produced works in southern Arizona and in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands are especially invited to submit original home movies in 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm for inspection and consideration for screening.

And during the Oct. 20 event, rarely-seen campus footage filmed in the 1930s by A.E. Douglass – known as the “Father of Dendrochronology” and the UA’s first world-renowned scientist – will be shown.

Also during the event, “Who Needs You,” a short film by Ken Wolfgang featuring local children determined to build a clubhouse in downtown Tucson, will also be screened.

Likewise, the event will feature consultations about how best to preserve home movies, along with a discussion about what role such film have in local history.

Contacts: Verónica Reyes‐Escudero, Special Collections librarian, at 520-307‐2774 or; Jennifer Jenkins, associate professor in the UA's English department, at 520-621-1780 or



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