MoMA Celebrates the Largest Body of Moving-Image Work: Home Movies

Published on Apr 09, 2020

MoMA Celebrates the Largest Body of Moving-Image Work: Home Movies

Before the advent of consumer friendly digital formats, thousands of film reels of amateur footage shot around the world, amounted to one of the largest and most significant bodies of moving-image work produced in the 20th Century. Sadly, these films that captured important private moments, and that serve as historical and cultural documents as well, were rarely preserved and often discarded. Now the film archivists at MoMA want to raise awareness of this neglected body of work and change perceptions of home movie culture.

The organization has premiered a short film that celebrates home movies. Featuring film archivists and curators Ron Magliozzi, Brittany Shaw, Ashley Swinnerton, and Katie Trainor, the video honors the collection and preservation of amateur film and video records, providing public access to the history and culture embodied in them. The underlying message: preserving cinema culture should not be restricted only to commercially produced films.

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Author: Tambay Obenson