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Home Movie Day

11th Annual Home Movie Day to Take Place Worldwide this Fall

(OAKLAND, CA) —The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) will co-organize Home Movie Day 2013 on Saturday, October 26, from 4pm to 8 p.m. at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC). An annual program observed by more than 90 venues in 17 countries, Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking, providing the opportunity for individuals and families to discover how best to care for their films and get a rare chance to view examples of home movies.


In addition to the screenings of movies submitted by the public, Home Movie Day will showcase Bay Area home movie treasures from the “Memories to Light” national participatory arts project that are authentic images of the Asian American experience. The films will be introduced by CAAM Executive Director Stephen Gong and accompanied by live music of Dan Lee from the San Francisco-based band Scrabbel.


We encourage the public to submit their films for screening. Submissions are inspected by film archivists and screened at the OACC. To drop off movies by appointment, call 510-642-4665 or e-mail Home Movie Day submissions are also welcome the day of the event, but screening times can’t be guaranteed. Home Movie Day is free.  The event is co-organized by Pamela Jean Vadakan and the Center for Asian American Media.


Home movies provide invaluable records of our families and our communities: they document vanished storefronts, questionable fashions, adorable pets, long-departed loved ones, and neighborhoods in transition. Many people still possess these old reels or tapes, passed down from generation to generation, but lack the projection equipment to view them properly and safely. That’s where Home Movie Day comes in: the public brings the films, and volunteers inspect them, project them, and offer tips on storage, preservation, and video transfer—and free of charge, in most cities. And best of all, you get to watch them with an enthusiastic audience, equally hungry for local history.


Home Movie Day is an initiative of The Center for Home Movies, a nonprofit organization supported through grants and donations. CHM’s primary mission is to promote, preserve and educate the public about amateur films. To learn more about CHM, visit To learn more about Home Movie Day, visit




Where: Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC)

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When: Saturday, October 26

Admission: Free


Media Contact: Pamela Jean Vadakan,, 1-510-642-4665