The DC Library wants to make your home movies the star of the show!

The DC Public Library and Suns Cinema are putting together a pretty unique-sounding show, combining public submissions with cool gems from their vault. And they need your help to make it happen. 

If you have a home movie on VHS or mini-DV, you can submit it to DCPL and they’ll digitize up to 90 minutes of the old video for you (or you can submit a link to a home movie that is already online for inclusion in their upcoming show).

You can take your tapes to Suns Cinema, or to DC libraries Mount Pleasant LibraryNortheast LibraryFrancis Gregory Library, or Washingtoniana for staff to digitize at their Memory Lab.

Submissions must include a signed waiver and will be accepted during open hours through January 12th. 

Then get ready to watch! DCPL and Suns Cinema will be doing a special screening on Tuesday, January 29th at 8 pm at Suns Cinema (3107 Mt. Pleasant Street NW). Come see home movies from the public along some cool pieces from the DC Public Library vault. Archivists will also be on site to preach the “preservation gospel.”

The Memory Lab at DC Public Library was made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and can be used by anyone with a DC Public Library card. 

Drew Schneider

Local DC blogger in Petworth, Washington DC.

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