Screening Homegrown History: Exploring the Cultural Value of Home Movies

October 20, 2011, 6:00 - 10:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Join us for Screening Homegrown History, a two-part series of events that will explore the cultural value of home movies and give the community an opportunity to participate in producing an archival cultural history. The first event will launch a one-week preview (October 21 through 27) of JEWISH HOMEGROWN HISTORY: IMMIGRATION, IDENTITY & INTERMARRIAGE, a multimedia installation that will open at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on May 3, 2012, and at the Magnes Museum in Berkeley in September 2012. The installation will take place in the SCA Gallery on 1st floor of the Steven Spielberg building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex.

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Catered reception in the lobby of the Steven Spielberg building, West Wing of the USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex.

8:00 - 10:00 P.M. - Panel discussion on Participatory History & the Cultural Value of Home Movies in The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108.

The panel discussion will feature:

  • Historians William Deverell and George Sanchez
  • Documentary filmmakers Isaac Artenstein and Mark Harris
  • Media artist and creative director Rosemary Comella
  • Moderated by SCA Professor Marsha Kinder

Homegrown History Student Contest:
USC students will be encouraged to gather and remix home movies from their own families and communities and submit them in January. An awards ceremony announcing the winners will take place on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012, from 6:00 - 10:00 P.M. in The Fanny Brice Theatre, SCA 110.

The installation and events were produced by The Labyrinth Project, a USC research initiative on Database Documentary and Digital Scholarship founded by Marsha Kinder (School of Cinematic Arts), and co-sponsored by USC’s Casden Institute.

Contact Information

Name: Marsha Kinder
Phone: 213.740.3336