Virtual Moving History – Home Movie Day 2020

Program I — Sun Oct 11: 4.30pm PDT
Program II — Sun Oct 25: 4.30pm PDT

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October is Home Movie Month and National Archives Month! To celebrate, MIPoPS is dedicating Virtual Moving History screenings in October to presenting local home movies from local archives and staff family collections. New ways of connecting — that is the overarching theme for Home Movie Day 2020, bringing people together in virtual space to celebrate amateur films and filmmaking.

Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held locally and across the globe. On Home Movie Day, we recognize the value of each person’s ability to tell their own stories. We celebrate the democratization of filmmaking and of recording our personal histories. We laugh at seeing ourselves in the bathtub as a baby and we cry hearing the voices of loved ones who have passed. We excitedly shout, “I remember that!” as our stories come to life again on the screen. Home Movie Day is an opportunity to watch, talk about, and take care of home movies!

Program notes:

Oct. 11 | Program 1: Travel

** Introduction by Hannah Palin (Film Curator at UW Libraries, Special Collections) **

Curated home movie footage includes:

  • Armeta Hearst Home Movie Collection (1950s-1960s)
    – Original format: 16mm (color, silent)
    – – University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
    Black home movies from the ’50s/’60s! Amreta Hearst, born 1906, and her husband Bennie moved from Oakland to Seattle in 1923. Armeta was an active community member; Bennie worked as a Pullman porter and was an avid collector of newspaper articles about African American history and life. These films document their trips to NYC and Canada.
  • Jessie Hugh Burgess Family Home Movies (circa 1940s)
    – Original format: 8mm
    – – University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
    These films, shot by Idahoan optometrist and prolific home movie recorder Jessie Hugh Burgess in 1942–43, all focus on a circus in Moscow, Idaho. In these clips, Burgess documents sword-swallowing, elephants, acrobats, and more.
  • Iwao Matsushita Films (circa 1931–48)
    – Original format: 8mm (black and white, silent)
    – – University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
    Iwao Matsushita (b. 1/10/1892) and his wife Hanaye Tamura (b. 3/9/1898) emigrated to Seattle in 1919 for Matsushita to pursue educational opportunities. Academia temporarily landed on the back burner for Matsushita, however, and he spent several years working as a cook, a hotel manager, and then in various positions for Mitsui and Company, a major Tokyo-based trading firm, which allowed him and Hanaye leisure time like the hike through Mt. Rainier National Park captured here. Featuring handwritten and typewritten titles throughout, often in both English and Japanese.
  • Powell-Tourtellotte Family Films (1931)
    – Original format: 16mm (black and white, silent)
    – – University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
    Footage from the Powell and Tourtellotte families’ vacation through England, Scotland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, France, Belgium, Germany, Czechoslovakia, and the Netherlands.
  • Bear cub and Robert Buschmann, Southeast Alaska (1934)
    – Original format: 16mm (black and white, silent)
    – – University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections (Eigil and Robert Buschmann Home Movies, PHColl 0976, VC72)
    Frolicking brown bears and black bears in southeast Alaskan grasslands! Ease your cabin fever with bear cub antics.
  • The Mountaineers Film Collection (1927–41)
    – Original format: 16mm (black and white/color, silent)
    – – University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
    These films were produced by members of the Mountaineers between 1927–75 in Washington State, Montana, Wyoming, California, Idaho and Canada. They document climbs and expeditions, recreational and social activities, the development of mountain rescue techniques, and performances by The Mountaineers Players at their outdoor theater.
  • Charles and Marion Hessey Films (1961)
    – Original format: 16mm (color, silent)
    – – University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
    Several 100′ reels of Marion Hessey’s films stitch together snow camping, fishing, marmot-feeding, rock-climbing, and fishing in a mountain lake.

+ A brief showcase of MIPoPS staff home movies!

Oct. 25 | Program 2: About Town & Celebrations

** Introduction by Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa (Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Seattle University) **

Curated home movie footage includes:

  • Gorilla Gone Wild, How Not to Behave in the Library (1984)
    – Original format: 16mm (color with sound)
    – – University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
    The film uses an interaction between a librarian and a gorilla to demonstrate unacceptable behavior in UW’s Odegaard Library. The gorilla breaks a host of library rules, misusing the copy machine and printed materials.
  • Seattle Engineering Work/Home Movies (1932)
    – Original format: 16mm film (black and white, silent); transferred from Digital Betacam
    – – Seattle Municipal Archives (Item 525, Record Series 2613-09)
    Seattle Engineering Dept. employees’ families and guests enjoy a holiday dinner and parade.
  • Florestine Ware Papers (1960–82)
    – Original format: Super 8mm (color); transferred from DVCAM
    – – University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
    These reels of Super 8mm shot by Seattle-area activist Florestine Ware relate to her work as a caravan leader and spokesperson for the North West Convention to the Poor People’s Campaign, 1967. This footage also includes Ware’s family on a camping trip and at a wedding.
  • Home Movie Footage of David McGee (circa 1940)
    – Original Format: 16mm
    – – Seattle Art Museum Historic Media Collection – Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library, Seattle Art Museum
    David McGee and his family on various outings in downtown Seattle and the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park.
  • Edward and Jeanette Otsuka Film Collection (1952–57)
    – Original format: 16mm (color, silent)
    – – University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
    The Otsuka family play in the snow, dance with cherry blossoms, hunts deer, perform in a play, attend the Seafair Parade, and take family portraits together. The outfits are all incredible, and frankly it is hard to overstate the beauty and color of this footage! It’s an irresistible time capsule of ’50s Seattle.
  • Edwin C. Thompson’s Seattle’s World’s Fair Home Movie (July 1962)
    – Original format: 8mm (color, silent)
    – – University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
    An 8mm record of Ed and Edith Thompson’s experience attending the Century 21 Exposition at Seattle Center. Monorail rides, Space Needle views, water-skiing, amusement park and cable car rides – the works! The film ends with nighttime scenes with prominent neon signs and views from the cable car ride of the fairgrounds at night.
  • Tanejiro Kushi Family Films (1925–39)
    – Original format: 8mm (black and white, silent)
    – – University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
    The Kushi family filmed marriages, graduations, festivals, and family trips both in the US and in Japan. Includes footage of the Mukai Cold Process Fruit Barreling Plant on Vashon Island and views of the Seattle waterfront.

+ A brief showcase of MIPoPS staff home movies!

Center for Home Movies on HMD 2020:

Due to the global disruption caused by COVID-19, Home Movie Day 2020 will be held primarily online this October rather than inside theaters and spaces around the world. We at the Center for Home Movies (CHM) are embracing the motto “Every day is Home Movie Day” and are excited about the many creative ways we can expand the possibilities in this new virtual format, where local events can be held literally any time and be shared with a global audience! Just as Home Movie Day is not one event, but rather a coordinated group of activities organized by local hosts around the world, so too will this Home Movie Day be whatever format each organizer wishes it to be – virtual or in person.

The third Saturday in October has traditionally been the focus of many Home Movie Day events. But this year, we really want to encourage you to stagger your events throughout the whole month of October, so that people can visit (virtually and safely!) as many different Home Movie Days as possible. Think of it as Home Movie Month!

About [Virtual] Moving History

Sundays, 4:30–5:30pm PDT

MIPoPS is a nonprofit whose mission is to assist archives, libraries, and other organizations with the conversion of analog video recordings to digital formats according to archival best practices.

In order to adhere to social distancing best practices, MIPoPS is proud to partner with the Northwest Film Forum to bring you a weekly series of archival videotape documenting a diverse history in Seattle. Featuring a variety of material and topics, this series will curate a set of clips each Sunday to provide comic relief, historically relevant medical and public health documentation, performance recordings, and much more.

MIPoPS hopes this series will educate and entertain viewers during this time of uncertainty and isolation.



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