Don’t Miss the Al Larvick National Grant for Home Movies – Your Heritage Matters!

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There are so many reasons to save and share your home movies. They are a record of our unique and common histories captured in motion. They can also be used creatively.  I have used them as a source of inspiration for my artistic work for over 25 years, and is the driving force for my new PBS TV series Family Pictures USA. Now, there is a unique opportunity to get support for anyone working with their home movies.  The Al Larvick National Grant seeks to conserve, digitally transfer and exhibit home and amateur movies which were shot within the United States. Our personal and shared heritage matter!

For those considering applying for the Al Larvick National Grant, the submission deadline is April 1st, 2019!

Al Larvick Conservation Fund

We spoke to Kirsten Larvick, founder of The Al Larvick Conservation Fund (ALCF, or “The Fund”), regarding exciting possibilities of collaborating together with our Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR) project! I met Kirsten when she attended our Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow in Hollywood, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with the International Documentary Association. That Roadshow featured several home movies that were part of the AMPAS archive, including what may be the oldest home movie from 1916 shot on 35mm. Of course, I personally love home movies having used them in all my documentary features. Kirsten also LOVED our event saying she saw the DDFR model as a great way to reactivate the community’s hidden home video archives.

According to Kristin, ALCF is part of an ever growing collective understanding of how significant home and amateur audiovisual recordings are, both for one’s personal family history and for society at large. These works give insight into our cultural history and our possible futures. They unravel mysteries and even the recording of the most common place activities can document a time and place that will never be again. Some home movies include local and national landmarks that are no longer there, people that are no longer with us. They are a cultural documentation like no other and therefore important to conserve for generations to come. They are an educational tool like no other.

Kirsten, a documentarian and media preservationist, founded this company in honor of her grandfather, Al Larvick, a home movie enthusiast who began a life-long love of documenting not only his family events, but also everyday happenings in his hometowns after receiving an 8mm film camera from his son as a gift. Recording a time that is unrepeatable, his films, and those like them, offer a glimpse into the past while contributing toward personal, cultural and historical legacies, which are vital to understanding ourselves and society at large.

As Co-Chair of the Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF), Kirsten is privileged to be part of the only program in the world that works to preserve the cultural legacy of women in the film industry. WFPF was founded by New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

The Al Larvick Conservation Fund operates a grant program for the conservation of home and amateur audiovisual materials and their digital transfers. Sponsored by Pro8mm, grants are open to individuals, institutions and organizations. Submission deadline is April 1, 2019!

Brian Scott

How to Apply:

1). Review grant Guidelines, FAQs & the Application.

2). Take pictures of your films, videos & other related materials such as photographs, newspaper clippings, letters and other ephemera.

3). Additional questions? Contact & 646.797.3295.

4). Fill out & submit the online Application form by April 1st, 2019.

Grant selections are made by the ALCF Board. Applicants are notified of award decisions within 2 to 3 months following the deadline.

Funds may be used for:

  • Evaluation of original materials
  • Repair and cleaning of original materials as appropriate
  • Capture resolution choices of SD, HD, 2k & up (dependent upon sponsor)
  • Scene to scene color correction (dependent upon sponsor)
  • Return original materials and packaging (boxes, cases, canisters, reels, etc.)
  • One drive (Mac/PC formatted)
  • Digitally transferred files including a digital master and digital access files (SD transfers to not include access files. Only digital master files)
  • Shipping costs to and from lab

Home Movies

More questions? Please email ALCF at!

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