The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center + the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies present the
2019 UNITED STATES SUPER 8mm FILM & DIGITAL VIDEO FESTIVAL
February 22-23, 2019 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey


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2019 UNITED STATES SUPER 8mm FILM & DIGITAL VIDEO FESTIVAL

Now in its 31st year, the United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival is the largest and longest running juried festival of its kind in North America. The festival encourages any genre (including animation, documentary, personal, narrative, and experimental) made on Super 8mm/8mm film, Hi 8mm/8mm, or digital video. We invite you to discover cutting-edge works created by passionate filmmakers with these small-gauge media formats. The 31st annual United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival will be held on February 22+23, 2019 at Voorhees Hall #105, beginning each evening at 7 PM, on the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Festival will include a different program each evening.

Special thanks to all of the jurors; Professors Susan Martin-Marquez, John Belton, and Alan Williams of the Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies; Bethany Widrich and Isha Vyas of Middlesex County Arts and History; The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Stacey Hecht and Michael Bzdak of Johnson & Johnson; Bob Brodsky and Toni Treadway of the International Center for 8mm; Phil and Rhonda Vigeant and Jaclyn Vigeant Melo of Pro 8mm; Aaton Cohen-Sitt of Jungle Software; Bill Harris of Share and Harris; Irene Fizer; and The Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC friends, sponsors, donors, interns, and staff for making this festival possible.  

Sincerely,  

Albert Gabriel Nigrin
Executive Director, Curator, & Founder
Rutgers Film Co-op, New Jersey Media Arts Center, and The U.S. Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival

The 2019 United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival, which is part of the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2019,  is funded and sponsored in part by The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center; The Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies/School of Arts and Sciences; Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; The Rutgers University Confucius Institute; Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program; Jungle Software;  The Rutgers University American Studies Department; Rutgers Global; The Zimmerli Art Museum; The Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Honors Program; The Rutgers University Office of Disability Services; Johnson & Johnson; WCTC/WMGQ; WRSU; The Home News Tribune; The Asbury Park Press; New Brunswick City Market; The Rutgers University Office of Community Affairs; The Rutgers University Digital Classroom Services Office; Design Ideas; Advanced Printing; Steven C. Schechter, Esq.; Share and Harris.

2019 UNITED STATES SUPER 8mm FILM & DIGITAL VIDEO FESTIVAL SCHEDULE DAY 1

Friday, February 22, 2019


Monolith - Gabriel Bullen  (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada)

A nonlinear film examining the artist Richard Serra's enigmatic installation, EAST-WEST/WEST-EAST, located at the Brouq Nature Reserve in Qatar. The film was shot on Super 8 film, with all edits executed in-camera. 2018; 3 min.


Meat Sack - Stephen Gilliam (Grovetown, Georgia)

A killer who steals and wears people’s skin is on the loose. Can Detective Grey find the killer before they strike again? 2018; 3 min.


The Care & Keeping Of Your Woman - Croix Provence  (Van Nuys, California)

A short how-not-to guide for the modern man. 2018; 3 min.


Nashedonia - Will Berry (Nashville, Tennessee)

An uncultured young man honors his late father by taking his guitar to Nashville. In Esperanto with English subtitles. 2017; 4 min.


Up to Astonishment - Benita Raphan (New York, New York)

A fragmentary, cinematic work on Emily Dickinson with original commentary told through two voices via the scintillating intelligence of the speakers; poet and scholar Susan Howe and Dickinson historian and writer Marta Werner Ph.D. A portrait of Dickinson emerges almost accidentally and then flutters away like her envelope poems. 2019; 10 min.


605 Adults 304 Children  - Michael Mahaffie  (Campbell, California)

An immersive and intimate documentary filmed entirely by The Peoples Temple in Jonestown. 2019; 13 min.


Silence, Before Rain - Jason Sklaver (Los Angeles, California)

A modern homage to the silent film era, filmed on Super 8, with an original Rock 'N' Roll score: A young couple picnics on a California beach in the summer of 1969 when an unexpected encounter with an alluring beauty and a mysterious stranger challenges their perception of race and the nature of love. 2018; 14 min.


The Devil at 3 PM - Kenta Ikeda  (Tokyo, Japan)

A hapless part-time worker in Tokyo discovers she needs money for a family emergency after giving what little she had to her layabout boyfriend. Being too timid to demand the money back, she wanders in the city in a daze until coming across a mysterious man lying on a bench with money stuffed in his shoulder bag. 2018; 25 min.


Spiral Garage - David Finkelstein (Brooklyn, New York)
A visit to a hypercritical world, where people continually lob insults at one another, creating a poisonous atmosphere which leads to a spiral of violence. In a symbolic downward journey through a garage, this animated film takes the viewer past junked cars, pizza pies used as missiles, and freakishly overgrown flowers, finally arriving at a level where the shared pain of loss offers a way to connect peacefully with others. 2018; 14 min.                                                         

2019 UNITED STATES SUPER 8mm FILM & DIGITAL VIDEO FESTIVAL SCHEDULE DAY 2

Saturday, February 23, 2019


Toilet Tale - James Hollenbaugh  (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)

A traumatic experience in 1964 causes a family to experience a lifetime of bathroom related predicaments. 2018; 6 min.


The Summerlands  - Kathryn L Bucher  (Woodland Hills, California)

Deeds is 13 and a bit of an oddball. Jill is a caustic 40. Half-sisters but complete strangers, they're not thrilled to be stuck in a car with each other for the next 5 days. The world outside the windows can pass in a blur unless you get out of the car. But then you have to deal with the people. Some are good, some... not so much.
Part road movie, parttravelogue, and part experimental documentary, The Summerlands is the story of half sisters on a road trip up Eastern California's Highway 395. 2018; 90 min.

This program is sponsored by Share & Harris, L.L.C., Certified Public Accountants Specializing in Small Businesses, Personal & Corporate Taxes, Tax & Estate Planning, Accounting & Bookkeeping,5-C Auer Ct, PO Box 357, East Brunswick, NJ 08816  * 732-238-0055 * shareharris@msn.com



 

 

The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center + the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies present the
2019 UNITED STATES SUPER 8mm FILM & DIGITAL VIDEO FESTIVAL
February 22-23, 2019 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ENTRIES: January 11, 2019 @ Noon Eastern!

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The 31st Annual United States Super 8mm Film + Digital Video Festival will be held February 23+24, 2019 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Festival encourages any genre (animation, documentary, experimental, fiction, personal, etc.), but the work must have predominantly originated on Super 8mm/8mm film, Digital video or 8mm video formats. The Festival takes as its mandate the spreading of the 8mm and Digital word. For more information go to www.njfilmfest.com  or call us at 848-932-8482!

ENTRY CATEGORIES:
Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Short Narrative, and Feature

ENTRY FEES:
1.   Works up to 20 min:                          $45.00   
2.   Works between 20-50 min:              $55.00   
3.   Works over 50 min:                           $75.00

ENTRY REGULATIONS:
This competition is open to U.S. and International entries. Maximum film age is 24 months. No repeat entries. All entries must have originally been shot predominantly on Super 8/8mm film or Digital/Hi 8/8mm video. Digital works include HD, miniDV, DigiBeta, etc. Video transfers of films are accepted. Send entries in DVD mailers, reusable containers or bubble wrap envelopes.   Note: Please do not use fiber-filled envelopes or oversized boxes when sending entries, as they can cause serious damage to DVDs and Blu Ray discs and, subsequently, to video equipment.  Entries that we receive that have been damaged or otherwise compromised in this way may be rejected from entry. If a work is selected for public screening entrants are contractually obligated to provide an exhibition copy suitable for screening and cannot withdraw their film from the festival. Please note we do not pay screening fees. Only finalists are notified in advance that their work has been selected to be part of the Festival.

ENTRY FORMATS:
Submit two DVDs or Blu Rays for pre-screening.On-Line screeners can also be provided. If chosen for festival screening a high quality region free DVD or Blu Ray disc must be sent for festival screening. Mark case and DVD, with title, length, year, and maker's name.

Our new primary screening location features new comfortable seats, stadium seating, a state-of-the-art hi-definition projection and sound systems!

REQUIRED ENCLOSURES: ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MUST ACCOMPANY FILM OR VIDEO:
· Two DVDs or Blu Rays per entry placed inside mailing case or shipping envelope.              
· Entry fee via check or money order (in US funds) made payable to: Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC
· Official entry form, completed and signed.
· Short synopsis of entry, biography of maker/actor(s), and Press Kit with photos (optional).

LIABILITY: Filmmaker shall indemnify and hold United States Super 8 Film and Digital Video Festival harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim in connection with the Film involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and/or loss of or damage to the screening videos submitted. In particular, Filmmaker expressly warrants it has obtained all necessary copyright clearances for original works of authorship used in the Film. Although every possible care will be taken with DVDs and Blu Ray discs while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for unforeseen loss or damage of entries. Please do not send originals.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT: Submission of an entry gives the festival permission to have accepted work exhibited, photographed, locally telecast, and reproduced either in part or whole, for exhibition, educational or publicity purposes up to 6 months after the Festival.

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2019 UNITED STATES SUPER 8MM FILM+DIGITAL VIDEO FESTIVAL ENTRY FORM

PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT. 
Enclose entry form and fee in mailing carton. Only one form per entry. Exact photocopies of entry form will be accepted.

Entry Title: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
                                                                                
Description (include Running Time and Year Completed and use a separate sheet for more space):
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Please Circle Programming format:   Blu Ray     DVD
Please Circle Category:   Animation,  Documentary,  Experimental,  Short Narrative,  
Feature,  Music Video,  Student Film Maker (College or younger)

Non-refundable entry fee enclosed:       $  ______________                    
Via check or money order [in US funds]  made payable to: The Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC

Filmmaker:   ___________________________________________________________________________________
                                                                                               
Phone: Day:   (       )______________________   Evening: (       )___________________________________________  

Email: ____________________________________________________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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School/College (students only): ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Please read and sign to the following statement:
If my entry is selected for festival screening, I agree to rush a DVD, or Blu Ray disc (video entries). Signature to this agreement regarding entry regulations, requirements, and reproduction (as noted in the document above) is required for eligibility for consideration for the festival.

Signature: __________________________________________________________________________

Mail Entries To:
United States Super 8 Film+Digital Video Festival
Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC
Program In Cinema Studies
4170 Academic Building, 15 Seminary Place
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1414 USA
848-932-8482=Fon;  732-932-1935=Fax; njmac@aol.com=E-mail; www.njfilmfest.com=Website



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2018 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners


Grand Prize Winners

Best of the Festival
Cold Butter - Alex Faoro (Brookly, New York)
The Paintings Paint Themselves - James Hollenbaugh (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)

Honorable Mention
The Flood - Jeissy Trompiz and Laura Sanz (Santonio de los Banos, Artemisa, Cuba)
Keep Dreaming - Daniel Macarone (Summit, New Jersey)
Rise - TaNia Bogan (New York, New York)

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2017 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners

Grand Prize Winners

Best of the Festival
Angel – N.L. Brooks (London, England)
Long Departure – David Ellis (Ellisville, Massachusetts)

Audience Choice
Angel – N.L. Brooks (London, England)

Honorable Mention
Eat Some Food, Ride Your Bike – Giles Perkins (Hebden Bridge, England')
Sunflowers- Jeff Zorilla (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

War, One Afternoon – Jason Sklaver (Los Angeles, Caifornia)
Ms. Brown – Christopher Pabon (Bronx, New York)
Moon Hoax Now– Jet Wintzer (Old Bridge, New Jersey)

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2016 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners

Grand Prize Winners

Best of the Festival
Picnic – Jure Pavlovic (Zagreb, Croatia)
Nuthouse Drawings - Jim Hollenbaugh (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)

Audience Choice Winner
Dinner Date – Ricardo Charlie Liriano (Bronx, New York)

Honorable Mention Winners
Eduardo - Michael Stevantoni (Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada)
The Tutor – Grant Johnson (Park City, Utah)
Again – Daniel Macarone (Westfield, New Jersey)
Dark Light - Gina Guerrieri (New York, New York)
Rust Belt Driven - Alexander Hope (Easton, Pennsylvania)
#filmforever – Michael McGuirk (Brooklyn, New York)
NO SIGNAL – David Ellis (Ellisville, Massachusetts)

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2015 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners

Grand Prize Winners

Best of the Festival
Moon-Lite - David Dibble (Durango, Colorado)
National Scars: The Albert Pike Monuments - Jet Wintzer (Old Bridge, New Jersey)

Audience Choice
Wake Up – Stephanie Fox (Cambria Heights, New York)

Honorable Mention Winners
Surface Waves - Reed O'Beirne (Seattle, Washington)
PROCESS - Susan Hansen (London, England)
Self Portrait Portrait- James Hollenbaugh (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)
Sons of Jacob Synagogue - Francesca Soans (Waterloo, Iowa)

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2014 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners

Grand Prize Winners

Best Documentary Film
Last Stop Flamingo - Georg Koszulinski (Seattle, Washington)

Best Feature Film
Objects Attack! - Rona Mark (Forest Hills, New York)

Best Short Film
Across the Whipplewash – Caitlin and Josh Drake (Dillsburg, Pennsylvania)

Audience Choice Prize
Daybreak - George Ungar (Toronto, Canada)

Honorable Mention Winners
Maya - Marya Krogstad (San Francisco, California)
Daybreak - George Ungar (Toronto, Canada)
Skin Deep – Keyonna Johnson (New York, New York)
Things Precious Now Lost - Beverley Jordan and Tracy Williams (Norwich, England)

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2013 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners

Grand Prize Winners

Best Documentary Film
Don’t Break Down - Matt Meindl (Columbus, Ohio)

Best Short Film
Last of Our Kind - Reed O'Beirne (Seattle, Washington)

Best Experimental Film
Decapoda Shock-Javier Chillon (Madrid, Spain)

Best Jersey Film
The Art of Forced Collaboration – Jet Wintzer (Old Bridge, New Jersey)

Audience Choice Prize
The Key Difference – Joe Gessner (Roseland, New Jersey)

Honorable Mention Winners
Diary of Dreams: Volume One - Daniel Abad (Madrid, Spain)
The Transmission – Brian Lonano (Atlanta, Georgia)
Dead Good - Beverley Jordan (Norwich, United Kingdom)
Holiday - Tony Lawrence (Sydney, Australia)
Olivia - Ana García Abad (Toluca Lake, California)
TROBIA - Benjamin Ross Hayden (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

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2012 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners

Grand Prize Winners

Best Feature=Tie
I Am ZOZO - Scott Di Lalla (Los Angeles, California)
TOWERS - Jet Wintzer (Old Bridge, New Jersey)

Best Documentary
78 Days - Jason Nardella (St. Joseph-du-Lac, Quebec. Canada)

Best Short
Keenan - Tom Knoff and Kurt Hemmer (Palatine, Illinois)

Best Experimental
SUNYATA - Dane Webster and James Fazzaro  (Bricktown and Somerville, New Jersey)

Audience Choice Prize
I Am ZOZO - Scott Di Lalla (Los Angeles, California)

Honorable Mention Winners
The Seafarer - Michael Feldman and Kevin Clark (Astoria, New York)
Slip Cue - Robin Kupferman (Wilmette, Illinois)

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2011 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners

Grand Prize Winners

Best Documentary
Beatboxing: The Fifth Element of Hip Hop - Klaus Schneyder (New York, New York/Aachen, Germany)

Best Short Documentary
Crooked Beauty - Ken Paul Rosenthal (San Francisco, California)

Best Short
Martha and Dee Visit the Fifth Dimension - Noelle Foster (Carmichael, California)

Best Animation
Cookie Crooks - James Barfield (Los Angeles, California)

Best Experimental
Pick - Benjamin Hayden (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Audience Choice Prize
Go Ahead – Joe Gessner (New Brunswick, New Jersey)

Honorable Mention Winners
Four Cubic Feet of Space – Tony Gault (Glenwood Springs, Colorado)
Istvan - even there no kiddin - Mike Yuhasz (Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada)
Buddy: The Amazing Pack Rat - Bonnie Norton (Elgin, Oregon)
Winged - Jennifer Hardacker (Forest Grove, Oregon)
Summer Snapshot - Ian McCluskey (Portland, Oregon)
Susan's Horses - Elizabeth Henry (Glenwood Springs, Colorado)

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2010 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners

Grand Prize Winners

Best Documentary
Free Land - Minda Martin (San Diego, California)


Best Short Documentary
Fledgling - Tony Gault and Elizabeth Henry (Glenwood Springs, Colorado)


Best Experimental
Inside Out/Side One - Matt Meindl (Columbus, Ohio)


Best Short
Delphinium: A Childhood Portrait of Derek Jarman - Matthew Mishory (West Hollywood, California)

Best Music Video
No More - Ken Ochiai (Los Angeles, California)


Best Jersey Film
Gitchy - Thomas Norman (Brick, New Jersey)

Audience Choice Prize
Can't Fight This Feelin' - James Christy (Princeton, New Jersey)


Honorable Mention Winners
City of Noise - Mitch Barany (Calgary, Canada)
Making The City - Ruchi Mital, Brooklyn, New York)
Hiljaisuudesta toiseen (From One's Silence To Other's) - Panu Johansson and Annika Rapo (Hägersten, Sweden)
Cut - Matthew D'Abate (Brooklyn, New York)