The 12th annual HOME MOVIE DAY at the Goethe-Institut OCTOBER 18th, 2014

Home Movie Day“There’s no such thing as a bad home movie.”
– John Waters

The 12th annual Home Movie Day takes place this fall in dozens of international cities including Los Angeles on Saturday, October 18th 2014. This free event invites Angelenos to share family and amateur films of all kinds in an afternoon open screening. Later that same evening, the program FROM THE EAST: Home Movies in the Collection of the Wende Museum offers a glimpse through the Iron Curtain at amateur filmmaking in Cold-War era Eastern Europe. Both events will be held for the first time at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, located on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile.

Home Movie Day invites attendees to bring in their moving images for condition evaluation and careful projection by trained archivists, or simply come see what others have brought to share. Home movies will be screened on 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm film as well as VHS videotape. We’ll also be prepared to accommodate the more obscure formats such as 9.5mm and 28mm, and the day will feature a projection demonstration of these rare film gauges.

Screenings begin at noon in the Goethe-Institut's comfortable cinema theater, and people are welcome to drop in at any time throughout the day to view films, browse in the media library and lounge, or chat with Home Movie Day's dedicated staff of volunteer archivists. As well as precious personal mementos, home movies are also historical documents of how our communities used to look and the way life was lived not so long ago. During the screenings, participants will be treated to the fun of Home Movie Bingo, and also learn basic tips to help care for their movies and ensure their longevity.

The evening screening features a specially curated selection of one-of-a-kind Eastern European home movies from the Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War. Highlights include the Hoffman Collection, spanning twenty years in the life of one East German family, as well as newly acquired Super 8mm footage documenting the Russian hippie network Sistema and the opening of the first underground rock club in Leningrad. 

Event Info:

Home Movie Day Los Angeles
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
11:00am – film drop-off for inspection
Noon-4:00pm – open film screening
Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100
Los Angeles CA 90036
Free admission and $1 validated parking in the Wilshire Courtyard West underground garage – P1

FROM THE EAST: Home Movies in the Collection of the Wende Museum
Saturday, October 18th, 2014, 7:00pm
Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100
Los Angeles CA 90036
Free admission and $1 validated parking in the Wilshire Courtyard West underground garage – P1
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Press and Participant Contacts:

Kate Dollenmayer,, 310-216-1600, x306 (for film-related questions)
Daniel Chaffey,, 323-525-3388 (for venue-related questions)

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Links and More Information:

For general information about Home Movie Day, visit
For Home Movie Day L.A. info and updates, visit
For the 2014 Home Movie Day video trailer, see and embed here:

About The Wende Museum: The Wende Museum is an arts and education institution transcending the traditional boundaries between scholarly research, museum practice, and community engagement. Since its grassroots beginnings in 2002, The Wende has grown into a singular humanities resource for cultural artifacts and personal histories from Cold War-era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. The Museum’s collection serves as inspiration for its programming, often igniting unconventional collaborations with partner institutions, contemporary scholars and artists.

About the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles: The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany and has 159 institutes in 94 countries. The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles has been promoting German culture and Language since 1980. Its year-round cultural programming includes art exhibitions, theater and dance events, as well as weekly film screenings and events with local cultural institutions. The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles also presents the German Currents film festival.

Home Movie Day is coordinated as a project of the Center for Home Movies,
a registered 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation.

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