The South Side Home Movie Project (SSHMP) is an initiative to collect, preserve, digitize, exhibit, and document home movies made by residents of Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods. The SSHMP seeks to increase understanding of the many histories and cultures comprising Chicago’s South Side, and of amateur filmmaking practices, by asking owners of home movies (shot on 8mm, Super8mm, 16mm film) to share their footage and describe it from their personal perspectives.
The project brings materials that are typically kept in private collections into public light and discussion. We aim to build an alternative, accessible visual record, filling gaps in existing written and visual histories, and ensuring that the diverse experiences and perspectives of South Siders will be available to larger audiences and to future generations. [Copied from the SSHMP website.]
Project Manager/Archivist Candace Ming (pictured at the podium below) joined the project in November 2015 to manage the project's growing archive and expand it's visibility. Ming is a graduate of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program at New York University. Before joining the South Side Home Movie Project she worked as a Public Records Officer for the New York Police Department designing the infrastructure they would need to archive and store their vast collection of training films. She also worked at the Museum of Modern Art where she worked with Curator Ron Magliozzi and Conservateur Peter Williamson on the newly discovered outtakes of an unreleased Biograph Bert Williams film. Ming researched the lead actress in the film, identified as Odessa Warren Grey. (Copied from the SSHMP website).