October 16, 2021 by Stacie Seifrit-Griffin
Today, we honor National Home Movie Day by not only highlighting the importance of home movies as historical and cultural documents, but also as a personal reflection that we are often more alike than different.
At least four home amateur films are in the National Film Registry and many more can be viewed in the Library’s National Screening Room.
With the hope to inspire more home filmmakers, we spotlight “Our Day,” added to the Registry in 2007, with an essay by Film Archivist Margaret Compton. “Our Day” is a day-in-the-life portrait of the Kelly family of Lebanon, Kentucky.
The film documents Wallace Kelly and his family’s sophisticated interests and simple lifestyle. The amateur “cast” features Kelly’s mother, wife, brother and pet terrier. Wallace Kelly, a newspaperman, was also an accomplished photographer, painter, and writer. He began shooting film in 1929 and continued until the 1950s.