Home Movie Day 2012: two East Bay events not to be missed!

Hi Neighbors – check out info below about a screening of the Earnest Beane films (October 20th). Mr. Beane lived just down the street at Ashby and King and his home movies show snapshots of our neighborhood in the 1930’s and 1940’s. They are delightful to watch! Here’s a little preview of what to expect:


Hope to see you there. 🙂

Dear friends of Home Movie Day,
It’s that time of year again! There are quite a few home movie events happening in the East Bay.

Hope you’re digging for your home movie gems!

On Saturday October 20th the Pacific Film Archive will commemorate Home Movie Day by showing Ernest Beane’s home movies from the African American Museum and Library at Oakland with a live original score by the Marcus Shelby Duo, preceded by African American home movies from the Prelinger Archives.

For those of you who caught the Beane films at last year’s Home Movie Day at OMCA, you know how special this event will be! Ernest Beane was a Pullman porter and enthusiastic filmmaker who lived on Ashby Avenue. He took his camera on the town and on the train and shot folks wherever he went. From his block on Ashby Avenue in Berkeley to Salt Lake City and New York, Beane’s intimate portraits of his family, neighbors, and fellow porters show people embracing life with exuberance and pride—smiling, jitterbugging, walking the block in their Sunday best, picking spring flowers, or sipping drinks in the backyard.

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way
Downtown Berkeley BART


Also, The Oakland Museum of California will host Home Movie Day again as part of their Summer Nights program, when the Museum stays open late the last Friday of the month. There Oakland Museum is a fun place! There’s a lot going on that evening- all the exhibits will be open, there will be food and drink, a Halloween costume contest and, after the home movie screening to bring us to midnight when the zombies come out, an outdoor screening of Night of the Living Dead!

Home Movie Day
Friday, October 26th
The lovely James Moore Theater
1000 Oak Street, Oakland
one block from Lake Merritt BART station

4-6pm Film Drop Off – archivists give your home movies the white glove treatment, inspect them and make sure they are safe to project

6-9pm Open Screening – see your films on the silver screen!

No home movie will be turned away. We will show grandpa’s home movies or home movies you might have found in a thrift store. In honor of OMCA’s exhibition, Forgotten Stories, Remarkable Lives: Days of the Dead 2012, submissions honoring loved ones who have passed away are especially encouraged.

Films are first come, first screened and may be limited to one reel per person.

The early film drop-off deadline has been extended to Sunday October 21st!
Drop your movies off at the OMCA’s Security desk (50 10th Street) any time between 8am and 8pm.


The success of Home Movie Day greatly depends on word of mouth. Please tell your family, friends and neighbors!
Thanks so much and I look forward to seeing you and your home movies soon!!

my best,



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