Amateur Night: Home Movies from American Archives

Our Day


Our Day

Wallace Kelly

Courtesy of Martha Kelly and the Center for Home Movies, www.centerforhomemovies.org

16mm, b&w, Silent, 1938. Music written, performed and recorded by Rachel Grimes, © 2010 BMI

Named to the National Film Registry in 2007, Our Day is a day-in-the-life portrait of the Kelly family of Lebanon, Kentucky. Wallace Kelly’s amateur cast was made up of his mother, wife, brother, and pet terrier. The film documents a modern home inhabited by adults with sophisticated interests and simple pleasures and contains exceptional images of small-town Southern life, ones that counter the stereotype of impoverished people eking out a living during the Depression. Kelly (1910-1988), whose family ran the Lebanon Enterprise newspaper, was also an accomplished photographer, painter, and writer. He began shooting film in 1929 and continued until the 1950s. [Dan Streible]

The Center for Home Movies (CHM) is a nonprofit organization that began as the organizer and sponsor of Home Movie Day, an annual worldwide celebration of amateur filmmaking. In 2007, CHM produced Living Room Cinema: Films from Home Movie Day, Vol. I, a DVD compilation of films screened at Home Movie Day events. CHM also encourages the use of home movies in multidisciplinary research, study, and publications, and collects home movies and related materials of national and international significance, including the Wallace Kelly collection.

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