Home Movies 100
One hundred years after the birth of small-format amateur cinema, the Home Movies 100 project offers historical and thematic itineraries on the use and practices of the so-called small film formats in Italy, from the earliest 9.5mm and 16mm film to 8mm and Super8, and activities to enhance a film and cultural heritage increasingly recognized for its importance. The project is promoted and produced by the Home Movies Foundation - Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia of Bologna.
A year-long online programming, the 365 days of 2023. From January 1st to December 31st, every day we will publish on this site a film or an archive excerpt shot on that same day during the short century of small gauge formats cinema. A new and different way of telling the collective story and reconnecting it to today, through private and daily micro situations of individuals and families, public events filmed by amateur filmmakers, surprising shots of special moments, gestures, rituals. We will thus compose the mosaic of a portrait in progress, jumping from one date to another, from one place to yet another, following the 2023 calendar to tell the story of a century, made up of thousands of glances. The selected film materials are the result of a collective work of archival research and historical recontextualization, as well as sounding of mostly silent images which we re-appropriate also through the original sound and music. The Home Movies 100 Almanacco (almanac) is dedicated, on the centenary of his birth, to Jonas Mekas, the master of the avant-garde who was the first cantor of home movies and more directly a precursor of this project, with his 365 day project in 2007, the year in which every day he posted on the net a video shot that same day.
Home Movies - Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia of Bologna was founded in 2002 with the aim of saving and transmitting a hidden and inaccessible audiovisual heritage through restoration, digitalization, preservation, research and valorisation activities. The archive currently has more than 30,000 small gauge films - 9.5mm, 16mm, 8mm, Super8 - including private, public and artists' films made between the 1920s and 1980s. With the purpose of making these materials accessible to everyone, in 2020 Home Movies creates Memoryscapes – Il cinema privato online, the first digital platform dedicated to the rediscovery of Italian private cinema. Since 2008 it has been running Archivio Aperto, a film festival dedicated to the rediscovery and the creative reuse of amateur and experimental film heritage.
Curated by Paolo Simoni with Michele Manzolini, Elena Pirazzoli
Produced by: Vanessa Mangiavacca
Research and editing: Davide Bianchi, Ilaria Ferretti, Chiara Garbari, Vanessa Mangiavacca, Michele Manzolini, Mirco Santi, Paolo Simoni
Texts: Elena Pirazzoli, Paolo Simoni
Post production: Chiara Garbari, Paolo Lancellotti
Sound by: Guglielmo Pagnozzi (January, 1-31)
Logo: Irene Sgarro
Titles: Kiné
Press Office: Luciana Apicella