Toronto Home Movie Day, hosted by the Home Movie History Project
This year we held our b.y.o.h.m. event for Home Movie Day at the Monkey’s Paw antiquarian bookshop. (The Home Movie History Project regularly hosts “Bring Your Own Home Movies” nights, such as this event for Home Movie Day.) We have presented two previous b.y.o.h.m.s at the Monkey’s Paw and were excited to be able to return there on Home Movie Day.
The Monkey’s Paw is in a beautiful old shop and a perfect setting for screening vintage films. The bookshop preserves curiosities from the print world in much the same spirit as Home Movie Day advocates for the preservation of home movies.
Our event had both a ‘home movie repair clinic’ ˆ where people were able to look through their collections, get help repairing films and select a reel to show ˆ and a screening.
Some highlights of the films that were brought included: playful antics at a palatial summer home on Lake Huron in the 1920’s, life in Tanzania shot by a local family, a backyard celebration for a baptism in high 70’s fashions, and a large gathering of native tribes in small-town Oklahoma of the 30’s.
This year we would like to thank J Porter, K Raudoja, Images festival, the 8 fest and S Fowler of the Monkey’s Paw for all their help.