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Home Movie Day, Palm Springs

Bring your home movies (8mm, Super 8, 16mm) and experts will inspect, repair, and screen them in a fun, participatory setting. Fun for the entire family and you don’t need to bring films to enjoy!

Free (3 hour open window)

Category: @Palm Springs, Free, Exhibition, Kid-Friendly Activity, Film, Presentation

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Home Movie Day is an international annual celebration of all things 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm (  Our events in Palm Springs coincide with Modernism Week, in part, because this audience understands and appreciates the concept of preservation and is interested in our shared cultural heritage.

We invite you to go digging and bring your own home movies (found, borrowed, purloined) for inspection and projection ON ORIGINAL MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT. Trained volunteers will handle your films and give pointers on how to keep them, where to transfer them, etc.  Films will be handled and shown on a first-come-first-served basis and we ENCOURAGE audience participation (film guardians are free to narrate to the best of their ability and the audience will help identify places, cars, buildings, and/or years).  This is a family-friendly event and you don't need to bring films to have fun!  Play Home Movie Day Bingo for valuable-ish and locally-donated prizes. This event is FREE, but please register so we can gauge participation and estimate the number of films we will be able to handle.  Now, go digging!   

Resources ( (NOTE: see Things to Know for more on bringing films).

Come and go as you please during the 3 hours: film handling on a first come first served basis. Your Home Movie Day hosts, local residents and film experts Melissa Dollman and Devin Orgeron (both of Palm Springs-based Deserted Films), will also screen a variety of amateur film clips shot in and around Palm Springs. 

Free, ticketed event

Things to Know

This event is for all ages.


If you plan to bring films to this event, please email your Home Movie Day to the hosts: [email protected]
We will provide further, user-friendly instructions.
You may also just show up with films.
Films will be inspected, spruced up a bit, and MIGHT be projected (This is a first come, first served event -- we aim to get to everyone, but turnout can be difficult to predict. This is why we want folks to email). Everyone bringing films will be given information on resources that will help them care for, preserve, and transfer these treasures.

The organizer of this event is Home Movie Day and Deserted Films.

Event Check-in Location

Palm Springs Public Library, The Learning Center, 300 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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