Monday, October 1, 2007

5th International Home Movie Day

5th International Home Movie Day: THE REEL THING Saturday, October 20: Dartmouth Homecoming Weekend, Hanover Newly Rediscovered 1920's Safari Films of Colonel Charles Wellington Furlong

Hanover, NH -- Saturday, October 20th, the 5th International Home Movie Day: The Reel Thing will take place at the Howe Library, 13 South Street, Hanover, New Hampshire between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

A worldwide event with the support of filmmakers Martin Scorsese, John Waters, and Ken Burns, Home Movie Day helps the public to rescue largely forgotten films that document local and family histories. Film archivists will show how amateur films on 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm motion picture film offer a unique view of the past, and link personal, community, and cultural history.

Previous Upper Valley Home Movie Days have included movies of ox- pulls at the Norwich Fair, Dartmouth football games, a horse-drawn carriage in front of Hanover High, and boys in knickers boxing at a 1930 birthday party.

This year will feature a special continuous screening of a small portion of the 1920s safari films by former Hanover resident Colonel Charles Wellington Furlong, renowned artist, writer, explorer, anthropologist, soldier, spy, treasure hunter, and aide to President Woodrow Wilson.

Unseen for more than 50 years, these rare 35mm films were recently discovered at Dartmouth. They document his 1929 expedition to East Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Tanganyika, and the Belgian Congo. There are safari scenes of wildlife and the native peoples Mambuti, Nandi, and the pygmies of Ituri forest.

Home Movie Day is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to bring their 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm home movies—no videos, please—to the Howe Library for inspection and screening. Movies will be presented on a first-come, first-projected basis. Advance submissions are requested at (603) 643-2627. Bring your movies or just show up and watch history come alive.

A film clinic will be provided to assess the condition of the older films and to provide information regarding the care and preservation of family films. Local experts, filmmakers, and technicians will be on hand to discuss film versus digital formats and the advantages of each format for preserving your home movies.

For more information, contact John Tariot at 603-643-2627 or

Photos, info, and film clips available at