The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center + the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies present the
February 19-20, 2016 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

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Circle 8 by A.G. Nigrin copyright 2013

Fr+Sa-February 19+20, 2016 at 7PM-Voorhees Hall #105, Rutgers University,
71 Hamilton St, New Brunswick, New Jersey
$12=General; $10=Students+Seniors; $9=Film Co-op Friends
Information: (848) 932-8482;;

2016 United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival  
Now in its 28th year, the United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival is the largest and longest running juried Super 8mm film and digital video festival 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 the cutting-edge works created by passionate filmmakers with these small-gauge media formats. The 26th annual United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival will be held on February 19+20, 2016 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.

All of the submitted works were screened by a panel of twenty-one jurors comprised of media professionals, journalists, students, interns, and film scholars. The panel included: Amy Boland, Suraj Ganguly, Julia Hernandez, Chris Hammarberg, Jason Redlitz, Molly Rich, Andrew Zrebiec, Vic Fern, Amy Boland, Richard Hampson, Kelly Hannavi, Zari Haynes-Prescott, Dakota Johnson, John Noonan, Ashley Perez, Shannon Ray, Morgan Sanguedolce, Heejae Shin, Ezekiel Tek, Heather Van Ness and Irene Fizer. The fourteen finalist works were selected from over 100 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the jurors chose the Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director. During the two days of the festival, audience members will participate in the judging process by voting for their favorite work via the "Audience Choice Prize." All of the award-winners will be publicly announced after the closing-night screenings on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

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 Vas of the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission; The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Ashley Atkins and Michael Bzdak of Johnson & Johnson; Bob Brodsky and Toni Treadway of the International Center for 8mm; Rhonda and Jaclyn Vigeant 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.

Thank you for making this year's festival a great success!

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

2016 United States Super 8mm Film + Digital Video Festival Schedule

Friday, February 19, 2016

#filmforever – Michael McGuirk (Brooklyn, New York)

An experimental film about a young girl that discovers the beauty of filmmaking. This was shot entirely on Kodak Super 8 Vision-3 500T & 50D. 2016; 4 min

Flush – Marie Ward (Toronto, Canada)

This short film is a fly-on-the-wall perspective of the subtle drama that unfolds within the walls of a public ladies room. 2015; 3 min.

Milepost 479 – David Dibble Durango, Colorado)

A railroad conductor recounts his creepy encounter with a mysterious passenger. 2015; 3 min.

Again – Daniel Macarone (Westfield, New Jersey)

A story of the pursuer and the pursued! Shot on Super 8 film. 2015; 7 min.

Rust Belt Driven - Alexander Hope (Easton, Pennsylvania)

Just as new vinyl collectors have repurposed their parents' old collections, business owners are repurposing beautiful, defunct factories in the Lehigh Valley. This film, shot entirely on super 8mm, aims to show respect for these things. The film is structured around a particular 45 single by the Dave Brubeck Quartet (Columbia, 4-33036), thereby depicting the physical experience of listening to a record. The 'A-Side' is an interview with a local record shop owner about the resurgence of vinyl. The 'B-Side' is an interview with a 43-year veteran of Bethlehem Steel. 2016; 7 min.

Picnic – Jure Pavlovic (Zagreb, Croatia)

Sarajevo, rush hour, 15 year-old Emir , accompanied by a social worker, Is on his way to meet his father Safet for a weekend picnic at Igman, a semi-open penitentiary. Due to heavy traffic they are late. In Bosnian, subtitled. 2015; 13 min.

MOVE! - Wijnand Geraerts (Abcoude, Netherlands)

The video introduces a man who is taking pictures of training machines in a fitness hall. Apparently, he has no further use for the photos and puts them in an old shoe box to completely forget about them. The shoe box now operates as a magic space: the machines become alive and decide to go to the theatre to attend an acrobatic fitness performance. This provides the starting point of a fantasy film sequence consisting of various narratives representing contemporary views on fitness. In contrast to most films MOVE! uses visual language, among which rhythmicity of image (and sound), to give structure to the film. 2015; 15 min.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

NO SIGNAL – David Ellis (Ellisville, Massachusetts)

Dedicated to the invisible and the forgotten, NO SIGNAL is as much a metaphor as it is a narrative about what we do see and what we choose not to see. In the words of Sherlock Holmes - " I see no more than you but I have trained myself to notice what I see." With poetic sensibility and contemplation replacing traditional storytelling in this experimental work, the interplay of image, sound and atmosphere leaves the viewer to create their own narrative by searching their imagination and personal experiences to find meaning. NO SIGNAL is superbly complemented by the electronic music of Warsaw's Bartosz Dziadosz (Pleq&Hakobune). 2015; 5 min.

Eduardo - Michael Stevantoni (Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada)

Shot on Super 8 film, Eduardo has a toothache and has decided to handle it like a man: by pulling it out himself. Egged on by his wife Ana, the couple discusses the differences between men and women, and through their conversation a complex and loving relationship is revealed. 2015; 5 min. In Spanish, subtitled.

Nuthouse Drawings - Jim Hollenbaugh (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)

Susan Lowe is most well known as an actress in the early films of filmmaker John Waters. This short portrait film focuses on Susan's life as an artist and in particular her works known as 'Nuthouse Drawings'. Sometimes thought of as painting friends, Susan starting creating these works while staying at a mental hospital. Serving as a way to battle her depression, fear, and loneliness, the Nuthouse Drawings are a one of a kind look into the mind of one of Baltimore's most imaginative artists. 2015; 6 min.

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

First dates are always a gamble. 2015; 7 min.

Clare - Tony Lawrence (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

A young woman finds herself in a strange place where she is confronted by desire. Shot using 5 different Super 8mm film stocks and utilizing home made revolving light devices.
2015; 7 min.

Dark Light - Gina Guerrieri (New York, New York)

Dark Light is a short experimental film that attempts to convey the experiential nature of depression. Most people who've never struggled with clinical depression don't understand what it feels like. Dark Light hopes to provide some insight into that feeling and, in doing so, engender greater empathy in the non-afflicted for the afflicted. 2015; 10 min.

The Tutor – Grant Johnson (Park City, Utah)

A woman who lost her fiancée in a car accident struggles in her college courses. She is given a chance to keep her scholarship if she tutors a dyslexic student. 2015; 15 min.

The 2016 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival, which is part of the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2016 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 Cultural and Heritage Commission/Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; The Rutgers University Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers); The Rutgers University Office of Academic Engagement and Programming; Confucius Institute of Rutgers University; The Rutgers University American Studies Department; Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program; The Rutgers Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs; Johnson & Johnson; Pro 8mm; Jungle Software; Jimmy Johns of New Brunswick, Dunkin' Donuts; WCTC/WMGQ; WRSU; The Home News Tribune; New Brunswick City Market; The Rutgers University Office of Community Affairs; The Rutgers University Digital Classroom Services Department; Design Ideas; Advanced Printing; Steven C. Schechter, Esq.; Share and Harris.

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 *


The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center + the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies present the
February 19-20, 2016 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ENTRIES: January 15, 2016 @ Noon Eastern!

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The 28th Annual United States Super 8mm Film + Digital Video Festival will be held February 20-21, 2016 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. Last year's festival audiences viewed 13 finalist works out of 101 entries from throughout the world over two evenings. The Festival takes as its mandate the spreading of the 8mm and Digital word. For more information go to  or call us at 848-932-8482!

Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Short Narrative, and Feature

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

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.

Submit two DVD for pre-screening. 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!

· Two DVDs 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 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 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.


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):

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: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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
72 Lipman Drive (018 Loree Building -Douglass Campus), Program In Cinema Studies
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1414 USA
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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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)