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New Jersey becomes the creative center of the universe
for small-gauge media artists this week when the New Jersey Film
presents its 13th Annual United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video
Festival. As the only such juried show in North America, the festival
invites entries in all genres — animation, documentary, personal,
narrative, and experimental — made on Super 8mm/8mm film or Hi
8mm/8mm or digital video. All screenings take place at Scott Hall
123 on the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers University, New Brunswick,
Friday through Sunday, February 16 through 18. Screenings begin each
evening at 7 p.m. Admission is $8.
More than 100 entries were received from film and videomakers from
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Osaka, Japan, Singapore, Toronto,
Boston, Baltimore, Richmond, and other cities. A different program
of 22 festival finalists will be screened each evening. The panel
of judges will award $3,000 in cash and service prizes, with winners
to be announced on the last night of the festival. The audience will
also be asked to participate in the judging process by voting for
their favorite works via the "Audience Choice Prize."
"Every year our Super 8 Festival draws huge audiences to celebrate
works created on these formats," says festival creator and
Albert G. Nigrin. "Audience members come to see unique and
small-budget films and videos which are often more imaginative and
impressive than the big-budget works produced by Hollywood."
"The festival proves the continuing esthetic vitality of Super
8mm film and evidences the emerging versatility of Digital and 8mm
video as artistic mediums.
He says the festival also takes as its mandate "spreading the
8mm word." Toward that end, the Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC has
seven touring programs selected from festival prize winners for the
past six years. The programs have been screened at media art centers,
film festivals, and universities in cities that include New York,
Pittsburgh, Portland, Oregon, Rochester, New York, Salt Lake City,
Utah, Brussels, Belgium, and Melbourne, Australia.
Corporate sponsors for the event include Eastman Kodak, Johnson &
Johnson, PAC Lab, Cineric Inc., the Association of Independent Film
and Videomakers, and the International Center for 8mm Film & Video.
Scott Hall, Room 123, College Avenue Campus (near the corner of
Avenue and Hamilton Street). $8. Information 732-932-8482; Website:
On My Lover’s Day Off," Scott Carney. "Little Flags,"
Jem Cohen, Brooklyn. "Meat Experiment," Kevin Lo, Brooklyn.
"Hand Rolled on 29th Street," Bert Shapiro, Pipersville,
Pennsylvania. "Fetal," Arvin Bautista, Maplewood. "a.k.a.
Kathe," Minda Martin, Singapore.
& Dan Cronin, New York. "Electric Fence," Jay Eckensberger,
Evanston, Illinois. "A Love That’s True," Michael S. Reich,
Mt. Vernon, New York. "Back and Forth," James and Jeff Israel,
Brooklyn. "Nada: Nothing," J.M. Magrini, Oakbrook Terrace,
Illinois. "Fruitcake," Kelly Spivey, Buffalo, New York.
"Take 2," Olivier Marcaud, New York. "The Deer Hunting
Anti-Christ," B. Matthew Votypka, Ithaca, New York.
Megan Holley, Richmond, Virginia. "Noise In My Back Yard,"
Geoff Adams, Providence, Rhode Island. "Music," Blake
Ellsworth, Iowa City, Iowa. "The Incredible Adventures of Dwaine
and Blaine," Constantino Ferrer, Randleman, North Carolina.
C.S. Wochensky, Oberlin, Ohio. "Rounding the Bend With
Paul Turano, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. "W.I.S.O.R.,"
Negroponte, New York.
classic drama depicting the mutiny about the Battleship Potemkin,
generally considered one of the most important films in the history
of cinema, Thursday, February 22. Goya in Bordeaux, Carlos
insightful and beautiful new portrait of the final years in the life
of the exiled Spanish painter, Francisco Goya. Friday to Sunday,
23 to 25.
with Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Cuban writer Enrique
Pineda Barnet, which was made at the height of the Cold War and banned
in the U.S. until 1995, Thursday, March 1. Quills, Geoffrey
Rush, Michael Caine, and Kate Winslet star in Philip Kaufman’s new
film about the final days of the notorious Marquis de Sade, Friday
to Sunday, March 2 to 4.
auditions for Stephen Sondheim’s "A Little Night Music," on
Sunday, February 18, at the Ritz Theater. Director Bruce Curless seeks
18 adults, ages 18 to 60, and singers with trained voices for the
production that begins May 3. Call 856-858-5230.
concerts for this season including two concerts at Carnegie Hall.
The chorus, directed by Lynne Ransom, meets Monday evenings in
To schedule, call 609-637-9393.
Relief Effort be made through the local chapter at 707 Alexander Road,
Princeton 08540. Financial contributions will be used to target
needs in the affected communities. Call 609-951-8550.
crochet squares to make afghans to be donated to the Salvation Army.
Michael’s Arts and Crafts, 300 Nassau Park Boulevard, is seeking
to put the squares together on Thursday, February 22, from noon to
3 p.m. Contact Maria Velez, 609-919-1250.
of Philadelphia, Friday, February 23. Destinations include the
Sketch Club by the sketch club president and a visit to the
Academy of Fine Arts, with lunch at the Philadelphia Inn. Preregister,
$66. Call 609-394-5310.
working, or studying in Mercer County to participate in this year’s
juried show. Live jurying of work (no slides) will take place on
February 24, at the Gallery, Mercer College, West Windsor campus.
This year’s juror is Kate Somers, fine arts consultant and curator
at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Gallery. Purchase and juror’s awards will
be made. For a prospectus call 609-586-4800, ext. 3589; E-mail
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