Home Video Day

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 1:00pm - 6:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

Activist Archivists, DCTV, and Third World Newsreel have joined forces to bring you NYC's first Home Video Day, and the first public screening of personal media history devoted entirely to the videotape format (that we know of)!

Since 2002, Home Movie Day has delighted local communities around the world, raising archival awareness through the public sharing of personal memories. Home Video Day has the same mission, only addresses specifically the unique risks and needs of the much more fragile videotape format. (The shelf life of videotape is considered to be 25 years at most.) Archivists will be on hand to inspect tapes and advise on ways to keep the content of these videos alive for future generations, and tapes will be projected to share. Throughout the day, local community groups and artists will show some of the work from their own collections, alongside the home videos of anyone willing to participate.

What to Bring

Folks are asked to bring in a few tapes from their personal collection, anything unique on either VHS or Mini-DV is welcomed, you name it: birthday parties, family vacations, student projects, media art, found footage, even that unlabeled VHS tape that was thrusted in a box twenty years ago.

What to Expect

When you arrive you will be asked to sign a waiver form (lest your video be damaged in the process, or arrived already damaged), and led to an inspection table where a volunteer will ask you brief questions about what you know about the video and where you would like the screening to start (at the beginning is a favorite!). Unlike amateur film formats which tend to come in reels fifteen minutes long or less, video can go on for hours on a single tape. To manage the event, we ask that participants settle for a ten minute clip of their video to be shown, more or less depending on the volume of material waiting to be screened. After the screening, your video will be returned to you.


Throughout the day, special guest organizations will be giving short presentations on works from their collections. These participants include: Activist Archivists • Asian American Oral History Collective • CinemingaThird World NewsreelWITNESSXFR Collective • and more!


FREE and open to all! There'll be refreshments, a raffle, and volunteer media archivists on site to give you advice on preserving your memories for the long term! >>> Connect on Facebook <<<


Activist Archivists (ActArcs) is a collective of NYC-based media archivists working to help community organizations and social movements preserve the historical record.

Third World Newsreel (TWN) is an alternative media center that produces,distributes and trains in media production. It specializes in media by and about people of color and social justice issues.

DCTV | Founded in 1972 DCTV is an established media arts resource for New York City’s independent filmmaking community, providing affordable workshops, production equipment rentals, post-production facilities, a signature screening and event series, renowned youth programming, and more – all under the same roof as its award-winning documentary production house. DCTV is also the soon-to-be home of the first US documentary-only cinema! DCTV Presents is DCTV's signature screening and event series that highlights innovative and provocative work from the independent filmmaking community. From screening films by emerging artists to hosting master classes led by renowned groundbreakers in the industry, each event offers the public a unique and inclusive opportunity to share, support and embrace truly independent art. All events are open to the public.

Additional Links and Downloads

Press Release (PDF)
Flyer (Chinese)
Facebook Event
Twitter: @actarc @DCTVny #HVD14