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Are you interested in helping people learn more about their home movies and how to preserve them? Home Movie Day welcomes new local hosts from all around the world, in cities big and small. Experience handling film and a fondness for home movies is definitely a plus—but if all you have is a venue that’s available on the second Saturday in August and a lot of enthusiasm, we will try to help you pull together the equipment, supplies, and volunteer archivists you will need to host a successful Home Movie Day event. Everyone who has held a Home Movie Day event in the past will tell you the same thing: Hard work is involved, but the outcome makes it all worthwhile. You’ll be helping people connect with their families’ histories, their own past, and their communities, and you’ll also contribute to the rescue of an important part of the cultural record, one which might otherwise be destroyed through neglect.

Please take a look at Liz Coffey's sterling Home Movie Day 101, our FAQ for Local Hosts, and Film preservation links for information about what’s involved in putting on a Home Movie Day event. Also, check the listing of HMD venues—if there’s already an event host in your area, get in touch and join forces. Some locations do day and evening screenings in separate venues! If you’re ready to sign on, email us and provide your name, location, contact information, and, if available, information about your Home Movie Day venue.

If you can’t commit to running your own Home Movie Day event, consider volunteering to help out with one near you. Extra hands are always needed at HMD—relief projectionists, film prep people, runners, greeters, and surplus friendly folks ready to tackle the unexpected can all make a good Home Movie Day event even better

Home Movie Day is a not-for-profit effort that relies on cash donations and in-kind support to continue every year. To find out how you can help, and to learn more about all the terrific people supporting us this year, see our Sponsors page.

Photos: HMD New Haven 2006 (top right), Courtesy of Molly Wheeler; HMD Los Angeles 2006 (bottom left), Courtesy of Amy Sloper.

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