The fifth annual Attack of the 50-Foot Reels
will have its premiere screening on November 3, at 7:30 p.m., through the
American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre. Presented by Flicker, a film
organization dedicated to promoting independent filmmaking, the showcase
participants are required to shoot an entire story on one roll of Super 8 mm
film, then turn the unprocessed footage and a separately prepared soundtrack
into the organization. Flicker processes and transfers the film and sound for
the first-look viewing. Sponsors include Kodak and Yale Film and Video.
"It's a great event that attracts hundreds of people each year," says Norwood
Cheek, who founded Flicker in 1994. "Super 8 film has a following amongst its
enthusiasts. The showcase also highlights the ingenuity of filmmakers when
they are challenged to create a cohesive piece with limited time and
Flicker began accepting entries in mid-August. Cheek says that within a few
days the maximum 25 participants had been accepted on a first come, first
served basis. Each filmmaker then chooses one roll (50 feet) of KODAK Super 8
film and is required to turn in their unprocessed footage along with a
soundtrack within a month.
"There are always surprises at the screening," adds Cheek, "It's exciting for
the audience to be part of an event where the filmmakers are seeing their work
on a big screen for the very first time."
In addition to supplying the film, Kodak will present three Super 8 film
product grants to the audience favorites.
"Super 8 mm film is such a fun medium and this type of showcase demonstrates
the creative potential of the format," says Colette Scott, Worldwide Education
Segment Manager for Kodak's Entertainment Imaging Division. "Now, with KODAK
VISION2 stocks and a new Ektachrome color reversal film available in Super 8
mm, there are new options available to filmmakers. Kodak is proud to support
Flicker and this event, which help to create opportunities for the next
generation of filmmakers."
Flicker has chapters in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Austin, Texas; New York;
Richmond, Virginia; and New Orleans. The organization also holds quarterly
screenings of short films originated on Super 8 and Super 16 mm without
charging an entry fee to filmmakers so that they have an opportunity for
getting their work seen by an audience.
Unique Super 8 mm Showcase Screens November 3
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