Home Movie Day: San Francisco’s Filipino Community

Film still of Bohulano family pyramid. Courtesy of Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Memories to Light, Center for Asian American Media.
Film still of Bohulano family pyramid. Courtesy of Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Memories to Light, Center for Asian American Media.

Join CAAM on Saturday May 13, 2017 at “Home Movie Day: San Francisco’s Filipino Community” at the San Francisco Main Library. CAAM is co-presenting the program with the San Francisco History Center and other organizations.

As with any home movie day, the event is free and open to anyone that has home movies they would like to share. However, event organizers, including CAAM, are hoping to see a greater turnout from the local Filipino community who are willing to share their home movies that day during the open screening and participate in Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies.

CAAM’s involvement with preserving and sharing home movies officially started in 2013, when we launched Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies at CAAMFest. Since then, CAAM has digitized over 200 home movies from families, including some from Filipino American families. The home movies that we’ve collected so far have been used for online content on CAAM’s curated channels, for public programs such as our yearly screening at CAAMFest, and have been used in other interesting ways such as installation art and the upcoming PBS film, The Chinese Exclusion Act.

Many of you have home movie reels in your basement, attic, closet, or garage, and have probably been wondering what’s on them. If this is you, particularly if you are Asian American, we encourage you to bring them to the San Francisco Public Library’s Main Branch on Saturday, May 13. The schedule for the day can be found here. Professionals will be on-hand to inspect your home movie reels (8mm, super 8, and 16mm formats only) and you’ll have a chance to see your home movies played on the big screen. We hope to see you there!

– Davin Agatep, CAAM Media Fund Manager and Project Manager for Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies

Check out one of the home movies created for the memories to Light project from the Gee family collection. Donated by Brian Gee, who is Chinese and Filipino American.