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Museum Is National Spotlight Venue for 2007 Home Movie Day
DALLAS/July 27, 2007—Observed annually in more than 20 countries since 2003, this year's International Home Movie Day spotlight venue is The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. The Museum, which chronicles the death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, celebrates this honor with a free community event on Saturday, August 11, from 12 to 5 p.m. Along with showcasing selections from its renowned amateur film resources, the Museum is screening 8mm, 16mm, and Super8mm home movies submitted by North Texans. Other event highlights are a film clinic and film preservation tips from experts such as Home Movie Day co-founder Snowden Becker. For more information, visit www.jfk.org, where a public screening schedule will be posted at 5 p.m. CDT Friday, on August 10.
“Dallas' inaugural Home Movie Day gives people an opportunity to see, share and learn how to preserve these family treasures,” says Nicola Longford, executive director of the Museum. “It is also an excellent time to view the Museum's renowned collection of historic amateur films.
“Of course, we welcome all Kennedy-related film footage,” she continues, “but encourage everyone, even if you don’t have a home movie to share, to discover ‘reel history.’”
“It made perfect sense for us to celebrate Dallas this year,” states Center for Home Movies co-founder and film archivist Chad Hunter. “The most famous home movie in the world, the Abraham Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination, was made in Dallas, and the finding of the George Jefferies film of the presidential motorcade early this year proves that more great home movies are out there, just waiting to be seen again.”
The Museum has been collecting and preserving original home movies of the Kennedy assassination and related events for nearly 15 years. On August 11, the Museum plans to screen highlights from many of those films, which show Kennedy's personal appearances in other states, the fateful Dallas visit, and the president's funeral in Washington, with narration by Gary Mack, the Museum's Curator. For more information, visit www.jfk.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets and supports the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. Located at 411 Elm Street in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, the Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 12 to 6 p.m. Monday. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are available in seven languages, and a youth version is available in English. For more information, visit www.jfk.org or call 214-747-6660.
About Home Movie Day
This annual event has been celebrated in more than 20 countries since 2003. Most Home Movie Day events are free and open to the public. Plans for individual locations vary, but typically, venues offer a film clinic for assessing the condition of older films, information about how to care for family films and videos, and continuous screenings of home movies brought by participants. In many cities, archivists show examples of historic amateur films preserved in their collections, and preservation specialists explain why transferring films to video or digital media does not mean they'll last forever. For more information on other Home Movie Day venues worldwide, visit www.homemovieday.com.
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