Project works to pre­serve home lms

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY SUZANNE RENT

A na­tional lm project is col­lect­ing home movies from Indige­nous Peo­ples and vis­i­ble mi­nori­ties in an e ort to pre­serve the lms in na­tional ar­chives.

e project, Home Made Vis­i­ble, was started by the Re­gent Park Film Fes­ti­val in Toronto and in­spired by Ali Kaz­imi’s doc­u­men­tary, Ran­dom Acts of Legacy, the story of a Chi­nese Amer­i­can fam­ily com­piled from de­te­ri­o­rat­ing home movies.

To help col­lect films from across the coun­try, the Re­gent Park Film Fes­ti­val part­nered with smaller or­ga­ni­za­tions in other cities.

In Hal­i­fax, they part­nered with the Cen­tre for Art Tapes, an artist-run cen­tre that helps sup­port the sto­ries and ideas that are un­der­rep­re­sented in main­stream cul­ture.

El­iz­a­beth Mu­denyo, spe­cial projects man­ager with the Re­gent Park Film Fes­ti­val, says part­ner­ing with or­ga­ni­za­tions around the coun­try helps them nd lms that rep­re­sent re­gional di­ver­sity.

“ is will help Indige­nous and mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties re­al­ize how much their lives and stor- ies mat­ter here,” Mu­denyo says. “ eir sto­ries … can be shared within a wider nar­ra­tive.”

To date, the project has col­lected 125 lms from 17 par­tic­i­pants in Toronto.

e project ac­cepts lms from the 20th cen­tury. For­mats they ac­cept in­clude 16 mm, eight mm, VHS, Mini DV Tape, Hi8, video and dig­i­tized for­mats.

Most of the films date from 2000 and ear­lier.

The old­est film is from the 1960s, while the ma­jor­ity are from the 1980s and 1990s.

The films fea­ture ev­ery­thing from wed­dings and birthdays, to chil­dren play­ing or re­hearsals for school con­certs.

Other films recorded huge weather events, such as snow­storms.

“Peo­ple know in the mo­ment in time it’s a his­toric event,” Mu­denyo says.

Par­tic­i­pants don’t often have the tech­nol­ogy, Mu­denyo says, such as VCRS, to play the lms or the lm is often at risk of fall­ing apart over time. When lms are submitted to Home Made Vis­i­ble, they’re dig­i­tized.

“It’s a chance to have it dig­i­tized so they can share it with fam­ily and com­mu­nity,” Mu­denyo says.

Tori Flem­ing is the pro­gram­ming di­rec­tor at the Cen­tre for Art Tapes in Hal­i­fax and is help­ing to col­lect the home movies in Hal­i­fax and around the prov­ince.

She says peo­ple who have tapes can use the fa­cil­ity’s equip­ment to dig­i­tize the tapes, even if they don’t want to share the lms with the pro­gram.

She says old tapes are quick to de­te­ri­o­rate and will likely only last a cou­ple of more years.

“I feel like we’re ac­tu­ally go­ing to help save the tapes,” Flem­ing says.

But she says sav­ing the con­tent is im­por­tant, too, es­pe­cially for his­to­ri­ans whose work often re­lies on doc­u­ments and lms in ar­chives.

“Our part is mak­ing sure these sto­ries are avail­able to those who need them,” Flem­ing says.

Af­ter the lms are dig­i­tized, the par­tic­i­pant who submitted the lm can also choose to be in­ter­viewed.

at in­ter­view will be played over the film it­self to pro­vide con­text.

A ve-minute seg­ment is se­lected that will be submitted to the York Uni­ver­sity Ar­chives.

That seg­ment can also be played for pub­lic screen­ings, if the par­tic­i­pant wishes.

“It’s beau­ti­ful to see these films,” Mu­denyo says. “Even though they’re not my fam­ily, it feels like they could be.”

As well, Mu­denyo says those who want to share a lm can trust a lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion, such as the Cen­tre for Art Tapes, where they can drop the lm o rather than mail or courier it to Toronto.

To ap­ply to con­trib­ute a lm, go to the Home Made Vis­i­ble web­site at home­made­vis­i­ble.ca and ll out the form on­line.

A project or­ga­nizer will con­tact you about your lm.

ere is no cost to par­tic­i­pate. Home Made Vis­i­ble will be col­lect­ing home lms un­til May 2019.

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