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South Side Home Movie Project celebrates launch with a Screening Party on Saturday, Aug. 27


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The South Side Home Movie Project is hosting a Kick-Off Screening Party on Saturday, Aug. 27 to celebrate its launch and to honor its first contributors.

Housed at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture at the University of Chicago, the South Side Home Movie Project aims to create an alternative historical archive by collecting 8mm, Super8mm and 16mm home movies from South Side residents and making them available for viewing by the public.

“People have responded very positively to our call for home movies,” said project director Jacqueline Stewart, Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Chicago and author of Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity. “But many folks have asked, ‘Why do you want to watch old movies of other people’s birthday parties and Christmas mornings?’ I tell them that these films provide invaluable glimpses of everyday life on Chicago’s South Side over the years, and that scholars and future generations have much to learn from them.”

The first contributors to the Project will be present at the Kick-Off Screening Party to show their films, which range from a tour of Woodlawn’s flower gardens in 1942 to school plays at Hyde Park's Shoesmith Elementary in the 1970s. A reception will follow the screening. The event is free and open to the public.

South Side Home Movie Project
Kick-Off Screening Party
Saturday, Aug. 27
3 to 5 p.m.

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