Gosh, wouldn't it be great to watch those old home movies that Grandma shot in the 1960s? Too bad we don't have a projector... Wait! Excavate that shoebox of film reels from the closet or basement and bring it to the Center for Documentary Studies. A/V Geek Skip Elsheimer hosts Home Movie Day, a celebration of small-gauge, amateur film, in which your 8mm, Super8mm or 16mm films will be projected (no videos or slides, please). As films are being shown, their owners narrate them: "That was the Christmas that Aunt Glenda knocked over the tree!"
Between the guffaws, local archivists will sprinkle in some advocacy for film preservation, since the old celluloid actually outlasts most current electronic transfer formats such as DVD or VHS. Co-sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies, Duke Archive of Documentary Arts and A/V Geeks Transfer Services, the free event runs from 1–5 p.m. —Chris Vitiello