Courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, in partnership with the DC Public Library, will host “Home Movie Day 2017” on Saturday, Oct. 21.

During the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., families are invited to bring their home movies for inspection, get advice on the preservation of their movies and watch a home movie screening inside the museum’s Oprah Winfrey Theater.

Home Movie Day 2017 is a program partnership with the DC Public Library. The theme this year is “America on the Move: Road Trips, Travel, and Family” and highlights films that specifically document vacations, road trips and family travel adventures. However, the museum encourages the public to bring all home movies.

Families with home movies on inaccessible or obsolete film and video formats can have them inspected by professional media conservators and screened for the public in the museum’s Family History Center. The museum will also feature a collection of its own home-movie highlights, in the Oprah Winfrey Theater from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is required.

Founded in 2002, Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually at many local venues worldwide. It enables families to share personal cultural snapshots with their community and to see their neighbors’ in turn.

Families also learn how best to care for their personal memories.

Films and videotapes must contain only the participant’s own original material or material for which he or she has full permission to show to the public at Home Move Day; not violate any person’s privacy or other rights; and not contain expletives or violence, pornography or blatantly sexually explicit content, or other content that is off-topic.

Organizers reserve the expressed right to limit duration of screened film and videotape content and to refuse screening of film and videotape content deemed inappropriate.

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