DIA Seeking Home Movies For Project Marking 1967 Riots In Detroit

DETROIT (WWJ) – If you lived in Detroit 50 years ago, it’s time to dust off those old home movies.

The Detroit Institute of Arts is seeking home movies for “1967 Detroit: Home Movies,” a year-long project to uncover and exhibit home movies made in the city that recorded everyday scenes and personal histories of diverse Detroit residents.

The museum is collaborating with the Detroit Free Press, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs, Detroit Historical Society and Bridge magazine to observe and reflect on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit rebellion.

The DIA is calling on the greater Detroit community to loan their family (or found) home movies to the Detroit Film Theatre (DFT), which will show them weekly beginning in January. Selected films will also be included in the Detroit Free Press’ Freep Film Festival.

“These films will tell a wide range of stories about our community’s experiences in 1967,” Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA director, said in a statement. “We are looking forward to working together with the community to unearth this extraordinarily important material from our local history. Finding and exploring these films with our community will provide a strong platform to begin to reimagine a more vibrant future for our entire region and country.”

Film lenders will receive a digital copy of their originals, and the Reuther Library and Wright Museum will select films to add to their collections.

To submit a home movie, fill out an online submission form. A museum staff person will contact you to discuss your films and make arrangements for their temporary loan to the DIA. Submissions can also be made by calling 313-833-8687 or by emailing Detroit67Film@dia.org.

This program is part of Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward, organized by the Detroit Historical Society.

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