The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center + the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies present the
2021 UNITED STATES SUPER 8mm FILM & DIGITAL VIDEO FESTIVAL
February 20-21, 2021 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey


Circle 8 by A.G. Nigrin copyright 2020

Welcome to the 33rd Annual United States Super 8 Film & Digital Film Festival!
The Festival was scheduled to take place at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey but because of COVID19 the University will not be having any public events on campus this Spring so the Festival is a virtual one. It will take place between on Saturday and Sunday, February 20 and 21, 2021. We are using Eventive as our Festival Provider. They have an excellent reputation and have done a masterful job of streaming films for many years. All the films will be available on VOD (Video On Demand) for 24 hours on their show date. There will also be special Filmmaker Introductions and Q+A Sessions available for many of the films.


To buy tickets and to see the schedule click on these links:

https://watch.eventive.org/newjerseyfilmfestival2021/play/5fa0b4913d7238008aca53cb
https://watch.eventive.org/newjerseyfilmfestival2021/play/5faf2128f0c37c002992bc06
https://watch.eventive.org/newjerseyfilmfestival2021/play/5fa078b6b4d06700a642ddbe

 

 

The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center + the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies present the
2021 UNITED STATES SUPER 8mm FILM & DIGITAL VIDEO FESTIVAL
February 20-21, 2021 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey



Circle 8 by A.G. Nigrin copyright 2020


The 33rd Annual United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival will be held February 20-21, 2021 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 https://filmfreeway.com/UnitedStatesSuper8FilmandDigitalVideoFestival  or call us at 848-932-8482 or email us at uss8fdvf@gmail.com!

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

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 Flashdrives, 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 on-line screener for pre-screening here: https://filmfreeway.com/UnitedStatesSuper8FilmandDigitalVideoFestival.
If chosen for festival screening two high quality region free DVDs or Blu Ray discs or flash drives must be sent for festival screening. Include title, length, year, and maker's name on these. A mp4 or mov download must also be sent.

LIABILITY: Filmmaker shall indemnify and hold United Staes 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, Flashdrives, 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.

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2020 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners

Grand Prize Winners

Best of the Festival
The Last Resort – Lance Lucero (Denver, Colorado)
The Heist – Emil Minasyan (Amarillo, Texas)
Keg Warmer – Timothy Amatulli and Joe Saulenas  (Glen Rock, New Jersey)

Audience Prize
The Last Resort – Lance Lucero (Denver, Colorado)

Honorable Mention
House of Joy – Robert Uehlin (Portland, Oregon)
In Our Nature – Sara Leavitt (Brooklyn, New York)
Love, By Nature – Jason Sklaver (Los Angeles, California)

corruption – Jason Ewert (Bemidji, Minnesota)
Metamorphosis – Fernanda Parrado (Brooklyn, New York)
Spring II – Ed Carter (Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts)
Richard Nixon: Getaway Driver – Kevin Lonano (Atlanta, Georgia)
A Collection of Eccentricities – David Finkelstein (Brooklyn, New York)

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The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center + the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies present the
2020 UNITED STATES SUPER 8mm FILM & DIGITAL VIDEO FESTIVAL
Saturday+Sunday, February 22-23, 2020
7:00PM
Voorhees Hall #105,
Rutgers University,
71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
$14=Advance; $12=General; $10=Students/Seniors
Information: 848-932-8482; www.njfilmfest.com
uss8fdvf@gmail.com; njmac@aol.com

2020 UNITED STATES SUPER 8mm FILM & DIGITAL VIDEO FESTIVAL
Now in its 32nd 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 32nd annual United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival will be held on February 22+23, 2020 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, Meheli Sen, and Alan Williams of the Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies; Amanda Gorsegner 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; Debbie and Aaton Cohen-Sitt of Jungle Software; Bill Harris of Share and Harris; Dr. 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

2020 UNITED STATES SUPER 8mm FILM & DIGITAL VIDEO FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Haen – Emil Sallinen (Helsinki, Finland)

A short film carrying two narratives at the same time. One tells the story about a desperate man in the future. He makes his way through a dilapidated world and eventually finds his place in it. The other narrative runs us through the history of humanity. It tells the story of the organism that started off by crawling up on land from the sea and ended up being the master of all living things. 2019; 3 min.


Trailer Traders –  Karmen Kreti (Forks, Washington)

Two lovers with one camera explore the poetics of the body in this film combining a voiceover written by the filmmaker, with images edited using Eisenstein's montage theory. 2019; 3 min.


In Our Nature – Sara Leavitt (Brooklyn, New York)

Moving from the country to the city, In Our Nature  is about the disconnection from the environment one experiences while in urban areas. Inspired by D.A. Pennebaker's Daybreak Express, the film takes the viewer on a road trip that encompasses quiet, rural back roads and swimming holes to the kaleidoscope center of New York City. 2019; 3 min.


No Personal Checks – Gwendolyn Audrey Foster (Lincoln, Nebraska)

An experimental documentary of memory, made from a Super 8mm diary film that I shot long ago and recently found in the basement. I hand-baked, re-photographed, hand-processed, re-edited, and otherwise distorted my footage. I shot this footage many years ago, when we moved from the West Village in New York City to the Midwestern part of the USA, which was very much like moving to the 1950s. "I live here, but this is not my home." 2019; 5 min.


House of Joy – Robert Uehlin (Portland, Oregon)

House of Joy was produced as a part of the 2018 Oregon Dance Film Commission. It was made in collaboration with dancer and choreographer Raven Jones of Wolfbird Dance in Portland, Oregon. Shot entirely on Kodak Super 8mm film, the piece chronicles one person's struggle to let go of what they thought life would be like.2019; 9 min.


The Last Resort – Lance Lucero (Denver, Colorado)

A ghost story set in the old west. In a lawless land, Colorado territory 1873, justice will prevail. Sometimes the spirit of a Bounty Killer never dies. Shot on film! A Super-8 spectacle! Entirely shot in beautiful Colorado!  2019; 10 min.


Love, By Nature – Jason Slaver (Los Angeles, California)

Filmed on Super 8 film with an original Rock ‘N’ Roll score, Love, By Nature takes place in 1971, a time when race and identity issues were not dissimilar to our own. Deep in the desert, void of resources and far from social judgment, a woman re-evaluates her relationship with the man by her side, and wonders if he may be ideal for someone else. In the end, it doesn’t matter how we look on the outside, it only matters how we feel on the inside. 2019; 13 min.


XX Virus – Kimyan Flückiger (Romanel-sur-Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland)

A group of young adventurers led by a brutal, charismatic and with a morality disorder leader are looking for their missing teammate. They roam post-apocalyptic campaigns infested with zombie women to reach their goal. The journey of these warriors will subvert their beliefs, strengthen their bonds for the better and the worse. Some will have to show courage and face their fears, others will have to be firm and determined. 2019; 13 min.


The Heist – Emil Minasyan (Amarillo, Texas)

A couple of small time crooks decide to rob a small jewelry store in the quiet town they live in. Things go sour and not as planned after they realize they have very little talent or experience in the field of robbery. The cop that patrols the area has his own dark plan and will stop at nothing to execute it. They all have one thing in common, STUPIDITY. The situation gets really complicated for them all when their paths cross on what becomes the worse day of their lives. 2019; 22 min.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

corruption – Jason Ewert (Bemidji, Minnesota)
With a new apartment, a writer descends into creativity and madness. One super 8 cartridge, no postproduction, filmed in sequence, original audio track composed without seeing the film. 2019; 3 min.


The Garden – Patrick Müller (Frankenberg, Saxony, Germany)
Strange blossoms, sunken pathways, Déjà Vus: A hike through H.P Lovecraft's most personal garden. 2019; 5 min.


Keg Warmer – Timothy Amatulli and Joe Saulenas  (Glen Rock, New Jersey)
A 1920's style silent comedy shot on 8mm film about a man trying to warm beer despite better judgment and common sense. 2019; 5 min.


Miles to go before Austin and me...sleep - Jim Hall  (Austin, Texas)

The film took 42 years to finish. Austin trusted his story to a teenager with his first film camera (Chinon Super 8) and project. I promised to tell his story. To finish what I started. I never did. The film sat on a shelf for decades. It was my first attempt at filmmaking. My first documentary. It has haunted me all these years. The promise is now fulfilled as an experimental Film Poem, an Ode to all those who march to a different drummer…the distant beat and measure only heard in the human heart. 2019; 5 min.


Metamorphosis – Fernanda Parrado (Brooklyn, New York)

Metamorphosis is a personal experimental film about the filmmaker’s own experiences as an immigrant in New York City. A tribute to all immigrants and their necessity of constant movement as a form of rebirth. 2019; 6 min.


Richard Nixon: Getaway Driver – Kevin Lonano (Atlanta, Georgia)

Drunk on power and high on LSD, President Richard Nixon recounts his role as the getaway driver for JFK's second shooter. Is he confessing to save his soul, or is it all just a bad trip? 2019; 6 min.


Spring II – Ed Carter (Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts)

Two women encounter one another across dimensions, each perceiving the other as if a ghost. As they make contact, the structures of their dimensional cells begin to flicker and wane, and a possible transcendence presents itself. 2019; 9 min.


Scenes from a Transient Home – Roger Horn (Germany)
Filmed on Super 8mm, Scenes from a Transient Home presents a fractured portrait of life for Zimbabwean migrants when they travel back home to visit. Christmas dancing, New Years Eve celebrations, house floods, and illegal gold panning are just a few of the events filmed by Roger Horn who bookends the film with a major life event for his family. 2019; 13 min.


A Collection of Eccentricities – David Finkelstein (Brooklyn, New York)
A poetic examination of the collector’s impulse, the need to map out the world by identifying the objects, people, and works of art which define one’s sensibility. Choices made in childhood have a definitive effect on the lens through which you view the world. Dissolving all sensory impressions into a saturated solution allows the touchstones of one’s sensibility to appear spontaneously, like crystals. A Collection of Eccentricities unfolds in the form of a poetic dialog, taking place within a landscape of swirling, flaring skirts, maps covered with red pins, millstones which grind fruit into books, and many other signs of the building of one’s personal topography. 2019; 18 min.

Cover Art: Circle 8 by A.G. Nigrin copyright 2019

The 2020 United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival, which is part of the New Jersey Film Festival 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; The Rutgers University Office of Disability Services; The Rutgers University Spanish and Portuguese Department; The Rutgers University Writer’s House; The Rutgers University Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures Department; The Rutgers University Department of German, Russian and East European Languages and Literatures; Johnson & Johnson; Pro 8mm; WCTC/WMGQ; WRSU; The Home News Tribune; The Asbury Park Press; New Jersey Stage; 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.


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

Grand Prize Winners

Best of the Festival

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

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

Honorable Mention
Meat Sack - Stephen Gilliam (Grovetown, Georgia)
The Care & Keeping Of Your Woman - Croix Provence  (Van Nuys, California)
Up to Astonishment - Benita Raphan (New York, New York)
605 Adults 304 Children  - Michael Mahaffie  (Campbell, California)
Silence, Before Rain - Jason Sklaver (Los Angeles, California)
The Devil at 3 PM - Kenta Ikeda  (Tokyo, Japan)

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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)