The home movie has existed since technology provided an easy-to-use consumer format of moving image capture. Stories illustrated through the amateur photographer document a unique viewpoint of the every-woman and every-man of their time.
The Al Larvick Conservation Fund, officially founded in 2014, supports the conservation and public accessibility of analog home and amateur recordings of yesteryear. The nonprofit does this through grant-making, live screening and educational events and recording of oral histories.
The Al Larvick Family Film Collections holds around 65 reels of 8mm film recorded by Al Larvick, his brother-in-law Elmer Larson and other family and community members from 1953 to 1980. The Al Larvick Conservation Fund has supported the conservation and digital capture of many thousands of feet in collection holder films with more to come.
The collection is used creatively to exhibit micro-histories, along with other community members' stories, through Al Larvick Fund screenings. These events illicit a sharing of memories and discovery of commonalities, while illuminating the cultural importance of the home movie.
To learn more visit allarvickfund.org