Home Movie Day and Basement Tapes Day 2023
Home Movie Days are organized around the world to promote the cultural and historical legacy of amateur films from the past century. This year, Home Movie Day is a partnership between the Fragments Fugaces project, ARCMTL and the Cinémathèque Québecoise. The event will present a series of presentations for all, centered around Montreal home movies.
The public is invited to bring their own 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm home movies (contact firstname.lastname@example.org before the event). The on-site team will check the condition of the films, screen them and make recommendations on available digital transfer services.
Evening program :
4pm – 5pm: Arrival; Inspection and screening of public films
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Fragments Fugaces presents a selection of Montreal films to help you appreciate our city from past to present.
6:30pm – 8pm: Presentation of family films from ARCMTL’s collections, with an emphasis on films from Montreal’s cultural diversity thanks to the collections of CIDIHCA (Centre International de Documentation et d’Information Haitienne, Caribéene et Afro-Canadienne).
8pm – 9pm: Discussions and closing
Home Movie Day 2023 recognizes the financial support from “Patrimoines montréalais: une mise en valeur dans les quartiers de l’Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal gérée conjointement par le ministère de la Culture et des Communications et la Ville de Montréal.”
Thank you to our partners at Vidéo Média, CIDIHCA (Centre International de Documentation et d’Information Haitienne, Caribéene et Afro-Canadienne), le Center for Home Movies, la Cinémathèque québécoise.
ARCMTL and the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner are joining forces again for the second annual Montreal edition of Basement Tapes Day (Journée des trouvailles sonores). This year, the event takes place in the brand-new exhibit hall of the Museum! No reservation is required.
Audio archivists and experts from both partner institutions will demonstrate how to listen to and digitize recordings in old or obsolete formats. From reel-to-reel tapes, wax cylinders, acetate discs and cassette tapes, don’t miss the chance to learn about these formats and listen to the sonic wonders they hold.
If you or your family have old audio recordings that you’re unable to play anymore, you may contact the team in advance to let us know what you have, so we can talk about that format and maybe even digitize some of it at the event!
The Musée des Ondes Berliner is a four minute walk from Place-Saint-Henri métro station.
Home Movie Playlist
ARCMTL is now regularly adding digitized home movies found in Montreal on a Youtube playlist for ephemeral films here. If you have any old film reels, VHS or beta or other video formats that you think may have Montreal-area or Quebec home movies on them and you don’t know how to transfer them or want to donate them, you can contact us by email.
ARCMTL and the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner joined forces in November 2020 for the first-ever web-streamed Montreal edition of Basement Tapes Day, a showcase of found sounds and vintage audio formats! View the event on its Youtube playlist here, with subtitles available in English or French.
Home Movie Day Montreal is organized by Arcmtl and its partners: the Center for Home Movies, Triana Media the Cinémathèque québécoise, Les Productions de la Ruelle Vidéomédia and the Groupe de recherche sur le cinéma éducatif, industriel et de commande canadien.