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Lynne Kirste is Special Collections Curator at the Academy Film Archive, where she cares for materials that include the Archive’s extensive collection of home movies. She is delighted to have the opportunity to share some of the Archive’s rare Hollywood home movies with an audience of classic movie buffs. Kirste believes that home movies document life in a way no other type of film does by capturing everything from family relationships to historic events from a personal point of view. She has created and presented home movie programs at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the British Film Institute, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and many other venues.

Her publications include articles in Mining the Home Movie, edited by Karen Ishizuka and Patricia Zimmermann, and the Cinema Journal. Kirste provides commentary for a home movie selection on the DVD set Treasures V: The West, produced by the National Film Preservation Foundation, and talks about LGBTQ home movies in the documentary Reel in the Closet.

If you have home movies of your own, Kirste would be happy to share information about how to store, care for and view them.

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