Title: "The Great American Home Movie"
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Open Casting Call for The Great American Home Movie
to be Held Friday, October 25, 2013
Ken Sander of Home Video Studio helps cast interviewees who share their memories between
1946 and 1976 for a major documentary film that recalls the Golden Age of Home Movies
Fairfax, VA…October 9, 2013...
An open casting call for The Great American Home Movie will be held on
Friday, October 25, 2013 at the Best Western Fairfax, 3535 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and conducted locally by Ken Sander, owner of Home Video Studio.
The casting call is looking for people who lived in the United States between 1946 and 1976, who are at
least 40 years of age, and who are willing to tell their personal stories of a time when American life was
documented in a unique and intimate way: through home movies.
For more information, contact Ken
Sander at 703-3233-6110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are excited to be chosen to help cast this important documentary in our region,” says Sander.
“People don’t need to bring anything but their stories. What we’re looking for are people who feel
comfortable telling their own stories of the years when home movies were the rage.”
The Great American Home Movie, produced and directed by Robert Hanley, is a feature-length
documentary film. Distilled from thousands of hours and millions of feet of 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm
film, it explores American life from the perspective of people’s home movies taken in the 1940s, 50s, 60s
and 70s. The film also features a custom music score by three-time Grammy and five-time Emmynominated
composer Steve Dorff.
Casting Call Needs American Stories
A vital component of The Great American Home Movie will be interviews of select Americans who lived
in this time. The time between 1946 and 1976 was an era of sweeping change, yet unparalleled stability,
for average Americans. It was a revolution in jobs, careers, businesses, automobiles, birthing babies and
raising families, childhood, toys, family gatherings, cookouts, picnics, holidays, vacations, spots, sporting
events, weddings and funerals—of life and living. The producers want to know your part during this
Golden Age of Home Movies.
The casting call encourages interviewees to tell their experiences of not only their personal lives, but
those of The Cold War, The Korean Conflict, the birth of Television and Rock ‘n Roll, Camelot, the Cuban
Missile Crisis, the Civil Rights Movement, the British Invasion, Vietnam, the Summer of Love, Woodstock,
the Moon Landing, Watergate, computers and the birth of Apple and Microsoft, and more.
Those interviewees chosen from the casting call will be featured in The Great American Home Movie
documentary film. Filming will begin in 2014, with a movie release in 2015. There is no compensation for
For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatAmericanHomeMovie, or contact Ken
Sander of Home Video Studio at 703-323-6110, email@example.com.
ABOUT HOME VIDEO STUDIO®
Home Video Studio® in Fairfax, Virginia is owned by Ken Sander and offers professional video production
and post-production services for individuals, organizations, and corporate clients. Home Video Studio
specialized in video editing, video to DVD transfer, DV and CD duplication, photo/video montages, Super
8mm, 8mm and 16mm home movie transfers, 35mm slide transfers, video tape repair and much more.
Ken Sander is the recipient of the 2013 Hanley Award for Best Photo Keepsake. He was also named
Studio Owner of the Year in 2012. http://www.homevideostudio.com/nva.
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Synopsis of The Great American Home Movie
Post World War II America – the Baby Boom generation era, beginning in the mid-1940s and climaxing in the
1960s, stretching into the 1970s – redefined and challenged the traditional American experience. It was an
amazing time of great change—the re-industrialization of America, the Korean Conflict, the birth of Television and
Rock ‘n Roll, Camelot, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Civil Rights Movement, the British Invasion, the Cold War,
Vietnam, the Summer of Love, Woodstock, the Moon Landing, Watergate, Computers and the birth of Apple and
Microsoft. Yet this era of sweeping change brought unparalleled stability for average Americans – jobs, careers,
businesses, automobiles, birthing babies and raising families, childhood, toys, family gatherings, cookouts, picnics,
holidays, vacations, schools, sporting events, weddings and funerals – life and living.
What is even more amazing is that all across the country, Americans captured these precious moments as they
happened on 8mm and 16mm motion picture film—the Greatest Generation, the parents of the Baby Boomers,
documented this “Coming of Age” period in American history. This is the context and cinematic canvas for The
Great American Home Movie—a feature-length documentary shot by parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and
yes, even their children.
Over the past twenty years, Producer/Director/Editor Robert Hanley has been evaluating, capturing and archiving
America’s home movies. Culled from over 5,000 hours of 8mm, Super-8mm, and 16mm film, The Great American
Home Movie engages and electrifies the viewer, first in the simplicity of its subject matter and then in the poetry of
moving images – Dad grilling hamburgers on the back porch for the family’s 4th of July cookout; Betty unwrapping
her brand new Barbie Doll on Christmas morning; Billy riding his first Schwinn bike down a gravel road, fishing pole
over his shoulder; Baby Karen taking her first steps; and Corporal Johnson, home from the war, washing his brand
Added to these iconic images is our American landscape – small towns, big cities, suburbs, farms, schools, roads
and highways; city parks, national parks, zoos, and monuments. These scenes, and thousands of others, comprise
the single, constant theme that ties The Great American Home Movie together: the American
experience. Multiply these iconic images by the more than thirty-year chronological time-span of this
documentary and the very ordinary becomes truly extraordinary! Hanley has rescued, edited, and woven together
these incredible, priceless images with real live accounts of those days by the Americans who lived it. Everything is
set to a lush musical score by Composer/Songwriter Steve Dorff.
The Great American Home Movie has a universal impact and is like no other documentary ever
produced. American families tell their own stories with their own cameras, displaying their hopes, desires, and
most special moments. They captured scenes from everywhere – from living rooms, back yards, parades and
playgrounds to Disneyland, the Mississippi River, and the Washington Monument; indeed from “sea to shining
sea.” And while they were at it, they covered most of America’s historical moments as well. As groundbreaking and
graceful as Disney’s Fantasia, reflecting the real and surreal spontaneity and liveliness of Woodstock with the
elegance and fun of The Sound of Music, The Great American Home Movie will grab your heart and move you to
tears of joy. It’s America in Red, White and You!
©Great American Home Movie 2013
The Great American Home Movie™
Runtime: 69 minutes, Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Produced, Directed and Edited by Robert Hanley
Musical Score by Steve Dorff
The Great American Home Movie LLC
8141 Raven Rock Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46256
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The Great American Home Movie Project is a Trademark of The Great American Home Movie, LLC.
America in Red, White and You is a Trademark of The Great American Home Movie, LLC.
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