Super 8 Filmmaker John Porter, Toronto, Canada
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New in Toronto! The inaugural
Small-Gauge Film Festival
(recent Canadian films)
the 8 fest organizers:
TAKING STOCK - Jason Anderson risks perpetuating a persistent myth when he says the world is "literally running out of Super-8 stock" ("Super-8 is enough", Feb. 21). There are in fact more Super-8 stocks in existence right now than at any time in history. The future of Super-8 film has never looked so good. RICK PALIDWOR (EYE Letters, Feb. 28)
The 8 Fest
Friday, February 22, 7pm
A legend of small-gauge filmmaking, Saul Levine's (Boston) practice includes film, video, live performance, collage & installation. Included in the Museum of Modern Art's 1998 exhibition Big As Life: An American History of 8mm Films, Levine's work is noted for its incorporation of splice marks, percussive editing, "unconstrained camera movements and spontaneous formal accidents" (Steve Anker). This distinctive style, informed by a background in the blues, poetry, and radical politics, produces "exquisitely kinetic," and often very beautiful cinematic experiences. Since 1964, Levine has made over 80 films and videos.
Raps And Chants, Parts I & II (1981, super 8, color, sound, 26 minutes)
Notes of an Early Fall (1976, super
8, color, sound, 33 minutes)
Friday, February 22, 9pm
There's more to cheesy old educational films than meets the eye! Armed with his trusty Technicolor Super 8 Cartridge projector and a passel of vintage classroom loops, the 8 fest's Jonathan Culp invites performers of widely varying stripes to 'narrate' these silent artifacts to their own satisfaction. What will a room full of aesthetes make of such titles as Lemming Migration, Movement in the City, Desert Tortoise Courtship Ritual and Snacks? This will probably be your only chance to find out!
Featuring: Rose Bianchini, Lora Bozabalian, Dan
the Mouth, Heather Childs,
Saturday, February 23, 7pm
Homemade Movies' home movie history project presents
Home Movie Repair Clinic - 6pm
Orphan Films - 7pm
Bring Your Home Movies
AND - If you no longer have a working projector, come early to our Home Movie Repair Clinic starting at 6pm. Let us help you one-on-one to look through your home movie collection again and give advice on preserving your films.
Saturday, February 23, 9pm
Bageroo - the art of simply super 8
Two decades ago, rumours circulated among filmmakers that super 8 film stock was to be discontinued by Kodak. Images - numerous and proliferating - of the demolition of Kodak's plants invade the evening news these days; and this phenomenon parallels Kodak's game plan as they shift from analogue to digital. So the future of super 8 film stock remains as shaky as it has been for the last two decades.
But there are pockets in North America - such as Vancouver,
Milwaukee, Saskatoon and Ottawa, just to name a few - where filmmakers
continue to build an artistic practice working in super 8. The
8 fest will endeavor to provide Toronto with an exhibition
platform dedicated solely to small-gauge celluloid.
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the 8 fest - a little festival for small films
All films projected on super 8, silent, or with seperate recorded or live sound.
1. Tanya Read, Mr. Nobody compilation (1998-ongoing, 6 minutes, sound)
2. Brent Bell, 10 Mega-Actions to Supermaximize
Your Happiness Potential
3. Rick Palidwor, There's a wooly mammoth hair in the gate (2007, 3 min., sound)
4. James Lumsden, Hockey Night In Vanier (2007, 3 minutes 20 seconds, silent)
5. Scott Warwick, No. 7 (1994, 3 minutes, sound)
6. Leah Simms-Karp, Made Up (2007, 3 mins. 20 secs., original music by Matt Cisco)
7. John Porter, Bowling in Manitouwadge
8. Martin Reis, My Summer is with Olmo
9. Adrian Göllner, Mostly Lamp Posts (1994, 3 minutes 20 seconds, silent)
10. Cliff Haines, 2-Minute Façade (2008, 2 minutes, silent)
11. Roger D. Wilson, listen and you will hear her cry (2007, 3 mins. 20 secs., sound)
12. Alex Rogalski, land of living skies
13. Ainsley Walton, Sheilah MacKinnon &
14. John Porter, Canadian Filmmakers Distribution
15. Tanya Read, Siphon (2008, 5 minutes, sound)
Tanya Read graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1995 and since then she has been active in the Toronto art community. She was a co-founder and exhibiting artist in the Impure collective, a group of artists who organized exhibitions in Toronto between 1994 and 1998. In 1999, she and Scott Carruthers opened ‘Fly Gallery’ in the Queen West neighbourhood where she lives; Fly Gallery is a storefront window used as an alternative exhibition space for artists, which continues as an ongoing project.
Brett Bell is a Regina-based filmmaker, who typically works in longer forms, bigger gauges, and films that put him further into debt than Super 8 ever could. Other short films include the narratives Blueberry and Slatland.
Rick Palidwor is the Program Advisor for the Hart House Film Board and he shoots a lot of super 8.
James Lumsden is a burgeoning filmmaker who works with super 8 film to craft short documentaries of life in general. He has been a full-time member of the Independent Film Co-Op of Ottawa since 2004, and works full-time as a mail courier for the federal government, along with pursuing his degree in English Literature at the University of Ottawa on a part-time basis, in his spare time.
Scott Warwick is now a lawyer in Toronto.
Ottawa-born Leah Simms-Karp grew up in a creative family and has always been involved in the arts community. She is now a Cultural Studies major at Trent University, with her focus in film and media, hoping to communicate important social commentary through art.
John Porter has been a filmmaker, photographer, performer and writer in Toronto since 1968. He has made 300 super 8 films, and projects his originals (no copies) himself.
Martin Helmut Reis is a visual artist based in Toronto. His films have been featured on the CBC, in Canadian, US & UK Film Festivals and his photography is published regularly in Brick, a literary journal.
Adrian Göllner is an artist living in Ottawa.
Cliff Caines is a Toronto-based media artist whose film & video works have been exhibited internationally. He holds a MFA degree from Concordia University, and an undergraduate degree from OCAD where he currently teaches in the Integrated Media program.
Roger D. Wilson
Roger D. Wilson is an Ottawa based filmmaker. He has been shooting super 8 since graduating from film school in 1993. Roger is presently the Technical Director at Ottawa’s Independent Film Co-op - IFCO.
Alex Rogalski was born in Melville, Saskatchewan and started super 8 filmmaking in Regina. He is the creator of the "One Take Super 8 Event" which has traveled across North America.
Ainsley Walton, Sheilah MacKinnon + Greta Grip
Ainsley Walton, Sheilah MacKinnon + Greta Grip have day jobs fixing art. From time to time, they enjoy creating their own, including this short film (originally created for a one-take super 8 challenge in Ottawa).
John Porter is a film community activist partly embodied in his website super8porter.ca.
Tanya Read created Mr. Nobody in 1998 and her work since then has received extensive critical acclaim including articles in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Canadian Art Magazine, Calgary Herald and Korea Times. She has exhibited work in Toronto, Calgary, Hamilton, Seoul, Korea and Japan. Tanya looks forward to working with Mr. Nobody for many years to come.