Home movies have always been strangely ephemeral and surprisingly long-lived. Screened once then banished to the attic for generations. The Center for Home Movies has a collection at the Library of Congressand online at the Internet Archive. For the last dozen years they have hosted an annual international celebration where folks can screen their celluloid family treasures and learn more about the art form.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and UCLA are both hosting public events on October 24 where 8mm, Super8, and 16mm films can unspool for the biggest audience they’ve probably ever seen.
This year the Academy is paying special attention to the Happiest Place on Earth with a special evening screening of their collection of Disneyland home movies. Through the archival footage, you can visit the lands with Steve McQueen’s family in 1970, enjoy eye-popping 3-D views taken by Harold Lloyd, and see the San Gabriel trains of animator Ward Kimball that helped inspire the park. The event is sold out, but there will be a standby line.
(Stand-by line numbers will be given out at 5:30 p.m.)