The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center + the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies present the
2017 UNITED STATES SUPER 8mm FILM & DIGITAL VIDEO FESTIVAL
February 18-19, 2017 at 7PM, Voorhees Hall #105, Rutgers University,
71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey
$12=General; $10=Students/Seniors; $9 Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends
www.njfilmfest.com 848-932-8482



2017 United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival
Now in its 29th 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 29th annual United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival will be held on February 18+19, 2017 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 and will also include 3 films that won at previous Super 8 Festivals. 

All of the submitted works were screened by a panel of jurors comprised of media professionals, journalists, students, and film scholars. The nine finalist works were selected from 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 Sunday, February 19, 2017.

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; 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.

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

2017 United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival Schedule

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Eat Some Food, Ride Your Bike – Giles Perkins (Hebden Bridge, England')
A profile of endurance bike rider Greg May, shot entirely on location in West Yorkshire, England on a single cartridge of Super 8 film, without the use of motorized vehicles. Shortly after filming was complete, Greg went on to complete the 2016 Tour Divide race, 2712 miles straight down the spine of America from Banff in Canada to the New Mexico border in 20 days and 16 hours. 2016; 3 min.


Scenes from Exodus, Part 1 – John Minkoff (Hamilton, New Jersey)

A hand drawn animation exploring notable scenes from the book of Exodus in the Bible. 2016; 4 min.


Sunflowers - Jeff Zorilla (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

In this experimental film the form of the sunflower divides our view of city life, juxtaposing three moments in time that create a dialogue with one another. 2016; 6 min.


Fledgling - Tony Gault and Elizabeth Henry (Glenwood Springs, Colorado)
A deeply moving, tenderly realized film, Fledgling explores the bond between a man and the baby bird he finds on the street one stormy night. A backyard provides the rich setting for a story about our conflicted relationship to nature. 2009; 7 min. Best of the 2010 United States Super 8 Film Festival


Angel – N.L. Brooks (London, England)

Angel hates his job at Grim Reapings, Inc. During his lunch break he finds the answer he's been searching for in the form of a bubble-blowing kid. 2017; 5 min.


War, One Afternoon – Jason Sklaver (Los Angeles, Caifornia)

As the Vietnam War rages thousands of miles away, one woman battles with her own psyche close to home, revealing a complex story about the nature of perception and the psychological effects of war on the human consciousness. 2016; 10 min.


This is a History of New York - Jem Cohen
(Brooklyn, New York)
A history of New York City from Prehistoric times through the Space Age, composed entirely from documentary street footage. 1988; 22 min. Best of the 1990 United States Super 8 Film Festival

Sunday, February 19, 2017


San Guerrero - Jeff Zorilla (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
A short documentary about an American ex-pat who lives in Buenos Aires and works as a city tour guide during the day and a sexual tour guide during the night. The film was first shot on vision 3 negative super 8 and then re-filmed with color reversal super 8 from my computer screen so that I can project it live. It is a first glimpse of my full-length feature called Monger. 2016; 3 min.


Ms. Brown – Christopher Pabon (Bronx, New York)

A Faustian tale. 2016; 5 min.


Long Departure – David Ellis (Ellisville, Massachusetts)

A visual poem about passage, time, aging and the blur between departure and destination while exploring the relationship between moving image and sound. Shot on Super8 film in Paris, with video montage, the hauntingly beautiful music specially composed for the film by Nhung Nguyen adds a beautiful audio layer to this experimental film. 2015; 5 min.


Pick - Benjamin Hayden (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
It is 1916. In the basement of a haunted hotel, a voyeur stalks a young damsel. Shot on location in the Riverside Hotel in Calgary, where an actual riot involving over 1,500 men took place, the film embodies the violent energy of a dark historical moment in the city’s past.  2010; 12 min. Best of the 2011 United States Super 8 Film Festival


MOON HOAX NOW
– Jet Wintzer (Old Bridge, New Jersey)
Jet Wintzer launches into the Apollo moon hoax conspiracy with new research mined from an exhaustive exploration of the official NASA broadcasts and public record. MOON HOAX NOW drops multiple bombshell smoking guns that forcefully prove aspects of the record to be a fraudulent charade. The film features esoteric clips from the live TV footage, gorgeous 16mm film, stunning hi definition photographs and technical manuals soundtracked to an original spaced out trance-y score. The film is narrated by Jet who painstakingly dissects the running dialogue between the astronauts and mission control paying close attention to shocking mistakes, stressed out reactions and on the fly attempted cover-ups. More than just an attack on the official story, MOON HOAX NOW is also an exciting reverent new appraisal of the mission as one of the greatest works of conceptual art ever made. Using rare footage, vintage NASA promotional films and dazzling analysis, MOON HOAX NOW takes the viewer on a voyeuristic voyage behind the vast dazzling lunar curtain. 2015; 55 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 2017 United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival, which is part of the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2017 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 Zimmerli Art Museum; Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program; The Rutgers Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs; The Rutgers University American Studies Department;  The Rutgers University Italian Department; The Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; Johnson & Johnson; Jungle Software; Pro 8mm; Jimmy John’s of New Brunswick; WCTC/WMGQ; WRSU; The Home News Tribune; The Asbury Park Press; New Brunswick City Market; The Rutgers University  Dean of Students; 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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The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center + the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies present the
2017 UNITED STATES SUPER 8mm FILM & DIGITAL VIDEO FESTIVAL
February 18-19, 2017 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ENTRIES: January 13, 2017 @ Noon Eastern!

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The 29th Annual United States Super 8mm Film + Digital Video Festival will be held February 18+19, 2017 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 14 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 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. 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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2017 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.

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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:   ___________________________________________________________________________________
                                                                                               
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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.

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Mail Entries To:
United States Super 8 Film+Digital Video Festival
Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC
Program In Cinema Studies
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1414 USA
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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)