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Two new documentaries incorporating home movies:

Chris and Don: A Love Story [Trailer] [Website]

Surfwise [Trailer] [Website]

Here’s another collection of found audio recordings (this one you have to pay for), as compiled by musician Jacob Smigel

Eavesdrop: a wealth of found sound is a collection of anonymous recordings found at thrift stores, yard sales, and in trash bins over the past four years. These unaltered tracks come from audio or micro-cassettes, 8-Tracks and home-recorded records. Many of the clips are segments from audio diaries, tape-letters, the sound of road trips, fights, crying, family moments, telephone conversations/messages, or the amusements of children or the mentally handicapped.

Sample mp3s:

Hamburger Hamlet

Trailer Couple

A brief clip of Freud’s home movies, narrated by his daughter Anna.

See also “Home Movies on Freud’s Couch,” a presentation by Mark Neumann (now at Northern Arizona University) from the 2001 Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium.

Comfort Stand Recordings has compiled Party Fun with Recorders, Vol. I, a brilliant group of found sound recordings made by children and have offered them up for free to a grateful world.

A couple of highlights:

Karen – Puppies & Screams/We are Drunk

Justin – Rock ‘n Roll Boy

Straight 8 is a film project that began in 1999 with the intention of inspring super 8 filmmaking.

The Rules:

you shoot a film on the single cartridge of super 8mm film that we send to you. you can only edit in-camera. then you hand back your un-developed film to us for processing. and upload an original soundtrack

the film we send you is the actual one you shoot and we show. if it’s good enough… the first time you see your film is with a packed cinema audience

the projectionist will simply play your soundtrack when he sees the first frame of your film. no written instructions to our projectionist allowed – it is very dark in there. he doesn’t care anyway. well, he does. a lot actually. but you get the idea

this is about you making the film you want to make”

Straight 8 website

YouTube channel

And a BBC report on Straight 8 screenings at the 2007 Cannes festival

Watching home movies in Paris, Texas (1984).

Or: watch just the home movies