One Take Super 8 Event

The One Take Super 8 Event (OTS8) began in 2000, with 20 filmmakers each shooting a single reel of Super 8 film, which then premiered to an audience without the filmmakers seeing their work beforehand. All the films were shown as shot. No cuts. No splices. The popularity of this non-competitive festival has allowed it to return each year with more filmmakers participating. To date over 1000 films have been created for over 50 One Take Super 8 Events across North America!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ektachrome returns & 8 Fest this weekend

2017 brings with it exciting news, including Kodak's announcement of bringing back Ektachrome in Super 8 form! Very exciting, but much like the camera they announced at CES last year, we'll hold our collective breaths until we can hold them in our hands.

As Sundance and Slamdance close up their festivals, there's a little festival in Toronto dedicated to this small gauge formats that celebrating it's 10th anniversary.

Congratulations to the organizers of the 8 Fest for providing a great showcase for small gauge films for all these years, and being dedicated to showing these films in their original formats.

Over the years, the 8 fest has done a tremendous job of featuring many films from past OTS8 events from across the country.

This year, I am deeply humbled (and slightly terrified) to have been selected as the Canadian Spotlight Artist. It's been a very interesting process looking at my past films and having them curated into a program. A few of my past one take films made the list. It's been nice revisiting them again. But there are quite a few films I have never shown publicly before, and this was a good motivation to get them ready for the big screen for their premieres. It's hard to believe that a couple of the films are close to 20 years old already.

The benefit of being a part of OTS8 events is that I was able to share the anxiety with a group of 20+ filmmakers, and only had to bear responsibility for my 3 minutes (good or bad). But having 19 of my films play back to back is a real departure from my comfort zone.

In any case, my thanks to the organizers of the 8 fest for being such great supporters of the OTS8 and if you happen to be in Toronto this weekend, please check out this festival, it's one of a kind and totally worth it.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

So Much News!

We're almost at the end of the year, and it's been a busy few months for the OTS8.

Shortly after the Saskatchewan screenings this past summer, we were fortunate to continue our partnership with Revel8 in Perth, Australia which screened 6 films made by Regina and Saskatoon filmmakers. These 6 films (you can see on youtube) received a brand new soundtrack thanks to local composers and musicians in Perth. Jay Sotkowy's Nunchuk Connection won Best International Super 8 Film!

The filmmakers who screened there included:
Shakey Wilson - Welcome to Rosthern
Kyath Battie - Prism
Amber Phelps Bondaroff - Enter the Egg
Stephanie McKay - The Last Great Gentleman
Catherine Lemire - Latin Fever

And a few weeks back Winnipeg celebrated their 11th!!!! OTS8 at WNDX.

That's a lot of Manitoba films over a decade, and we're thrilled that they are still going strong. (See list of films and filmmakers at the bottom of this post)

Florida is getting underway their with 9th annual 1:1 Super 8 Cinema Soiree and announced their call for submissions. The screening is going to be at the Savor Cinema Fort Lauderdale which used to be the Cinema Paradiso. This was actually the venue for the very first OTS8 in Florida way back in March 2006. This year's screening will be at 1pm on December 10th. They might consider a name change to Super 8 Cinema Matinee!

We'll keep you posted on some upcoming small gauge festivals in the new year and let you know if some OTS8 participants are screening their work again.

After more than a decade and hundreds of films, you would think Winnipegers would have run out of original ideas for super 8 films. You would be wrong. Over thirty new, never-seen- before small gauge reels will be added to WNDX’s One Take Super 8 Event canon of filmic wonder. The event has been going for long enough; some of the original films are prime for a reboot, no? With no set theme or criteria, anything can happen in these single reel, unedited super 8 films. First time filmmakers and experienced veterans face the same anxiety around their vintage cameras and creative visions. Regardless of the outcome, audiences are guaranteed a one of a kind film screening featuring local talent on the big screen adding new treasures to a long history of totally independent and budget conscious filmmaking in the peg.
Shaylyn Plett + Janelle Tougas – This Field of Grass / Cet Espace Vert
Solmund MacPherson – Crime of Passion
Brendon Yarish – Free Hugs
Alyssa Bornn – Material Test 01
Michael Butterworth + Cameron Cummings – Sad Club
Aaron Zeghers – The Salesman
Britney Kornel – The Capri Motel
Timothy Maton – this isn’t anti-art
Darren Young – Catcalls
Tavis Putnam – Clean Freak
Jenny Bisch – Danse Pas de Dudes
Cottontail Productions – Prayer Break
Kenton Smith – Gudrun at the Sea
Jnznbrk – chroma
Ian Bawa – Missing Toes
Karen Asmundson – Tasman Hates the Beach
Eric Plamondon – Positive End Notes
Colby Richardson – Convolve
Ryan Simmons – 3 minutes of pure rock
A Black Helicopter – Jelqing
Ryan Steel – Little Foot
Divya Mehra – Allow suffering to speak (I’m too sad to tell you)
Milos Mitrovic – Boring Movie
Scott Fitzpatrick – Zombie Pt. 1
Jared Adams – We Did it All
Jaymez – Anna Darvulia
Trevor Kristjanson – Roomies: The Lost Episode
Damien Ferland + Gwen Trutnau – Nightmall
Nigel Webber – Reserved Parking
Kevin Bacon – The Cold-Footed Bride

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Saskatoon is a wrap. Regina you're up!

Phew! That was close. I really don't wish to cut it that close again. This morning involved anxiously checking the Canada Post website tracking monitor to see when the package would arrive.
1:03am arrived in Saskatoon. 3:15 am item processed. 5 am item ready for delivery 8:10am item out for delivery. Meanwhile, at 8:25 am I am on air on the local CBC morning show talking about a screening that may or may not happen tonight.

Then I spent the next few hours watching the clock. Finally I saw the postman across the street at my neighbor's house and I frantically ran out my front door and waved him down (he looked slightly apprehensive as he pulled out his earbuds). He told me he had a few packages in the truck and after walking his route would deliver them. Mine might be one of them. AAAAHHHHH!!! I took a deep breath and went back inside and tried deep breathing exercises. Fortunately (as the photo somewhat foreshadowed), the films arrived in time for me to do a very speedy splicing job and get all the films reeled up and headed to the theatre with a little time to spare.

The rest is now history with 25 filmmakers sharing 20 films in Saskatoon to an audience of over 185 including guests visiting Saskatoon from other cities across Canada (love that they chose our event for a Wednesday evening's entertainment). Thanks to the lovely Roxy Theatre for being such gracious hosts once again.

A lot of highlights to share, including returning filmmakers brother/sister duo Charles and Catherine Lemire who made individual films for the event A Birthday Bash / Latin Fever, but there's an auteur streak running their their family. Great use of in camera editing and planning your story in advance.

A couple of pet films (by chance screened back to back) by Chris Smith and Stephanie McKay, highlighting Cheeseburger that cat in a dramatic role in Smith's film and McKay giving her dog Quincy a lead role in demonstrating the finer behaviors of the canine species.

Adeel Salman returned to the festival with a dark romantic tale with a twisted finish. a perfect genre film, timed to perfection.

Brad Proudlove also returned to the event with a prairie music video to the song 'Tuff' by SK Rap duo Run the Pools.

Many other highlights from the night, and despite a few audio technical issues, a smooth presentation to a very appreciative audience. Already looking forward to next year, but first I have to get to splicing those Regina films!

Thanks to Reilly Forbes for the pic!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Dear mr.Postman

Well, we're about 48 hours away from our show in Saskatoon, and the programs are printed, the media coverage is underway, and we wait with baited breath for the films to make their way from Toronto to Saskatoon care of Canada Expresspost. If you're keen to follow the progress, here's the tracking #0101385000762737. If you're anxious like me, you'll be looking it up hourly.
The good news is that the expected delivery date is June 8th. The tough news is that will give me just a few hours to splice everything together and get it in a projector at the theatre. No biggie. 

Anticipation is ramping up and soundtracks are flowing in. We're going to have 20 films for Saskatoon and 24 screen in Regina. Thanks again to Emily Kohlert for designing the posters and programs. 

Spread the word and tell your friends. Show up at the Roxy on Wednesday night to see if I show up empty handed or if we'll get to showcase Saskatoon films in all their glory!

Vancouver's big show!

Congratulations to the Iris Film Collective on their very first and wonderfully successful OTS8 in Vancouver on June 2. Included a pic here of Alex MacKenzie performing the all too critical projector inspection pre-show.

We're hoping that we'll get to see some of the films from their event at some point, as they begin to travel the circuit. Check out their tumblr page for some great images from the event.

And a big round of applause to the 26 films that made their premiere at Western Front. Filmmakers included:
Eduardo Araquel | Jiles Barrett | Julianne Chapple & Ed Spence | Monica Cheema | Nick Dangeli | Chris Gallagher | Ariel Kirk-Gushowaty | Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty | Jessica Johnson | Jon Johnson | Alex MacKenzie | Laura U. Marks | Michelle Martin | Pia Massie | Una-Ann Moyer | Lisa g Nielsen | Nisha Platzer | Brad Poulsen | Christoph Runne | Alysha Seriani | Mina Shum | Dan Siney | Sydney Southam | Mackenzie Warner | Ryder Thomas White | Stephen Wood

Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016 Saskatoon Poster

Films are in cameras, and we are excited to have them return to Saskatoon and Regina filled with great images to share at our upcoming events on June 8 and 9th.

We're also very pleased to launch our new poster design by Dandelion design (who helped us last year with our programs, and this year added pro-design skills to these one of a kind posters).

We'll be screen printing them in the next week, and then you'll see these one of a kind creations hanging up around town.

Also, in the exciting news department, we have a record number of submissions from both Saskatoon and Regina this year, with both cities breaking the 25 filmmaker benchmark (we could have said no, we're full, but that would be crazy, when there are willing filmmakers!)

So, we'll be premiering over 50 brand new films in Regina and Saskatoon, which is a record for us. To put that in perspective, 2700 feet of film will go through cameras in the course of a few weeks.
That's over half a mile of film spliced end to end...
or seven and a half football fields.

In short, that's a lot of super 8.

While, we're awaiting those films to get shot and processed a shout out to Montreal who will be screening their newest films on May 24 at La Salla Rosa at their 6th annual OTS8.

May 24, 2016 at The Sala Rossa
Doors at 8pm, Projections at 8:30pm
$8 at the door

The participants include:

Albérick ⋅ Anne Koizumi ⋅ Annie Hunting ⋅ Charlotte Clermont + Alain Lefebvre ⋅ Claire Sanford ⋅ Claudie Lévesque ⋅ Damaris Baker ⋅ Darcie DeAngelo + Brodie Noga ⋅ Emma Roufs ⋅ Emmanuel Martin-Jean + Conrad Jean ⋅ Gabriel Fizer ⋅ Guillaume Vallée + Sarah Seene ⋅ Hannah Fleet ⋅ Hugo Rodas ⋅ Jason Auger ⋅ José Garcia-Lozano ⋅ Jean-Michel Berlinguet ⋅ Jérôme Bretéché ⋅ Ariel Desbiens ⋅ Léa Marinova ⋅ Le Trou Noir ⋅ Marjorie Lemay ⋅ Matthew Wolkow ⋅ Marianne Ploska ⋅ Nour Ouayda ⋅ Philippe Leonard ⋅ Sonya Mladenova ⋅ Stéphanie Leest ⋅ Steven Woloshen + Alexandra Grimanis.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Saskatchewan.... load your cameras!

After all the excitement out of Montreal, Syracuse and Vancouver, we are very please to announce that we have confirmed the dates for Saskatchewan's 2016 One Take Super 8 Events in Saskatoon and Regina.

We are very pleased to continue our partnerships with the Roxy Theatre and Regina Public Library Theatre who will host the premieres of 50 new films by Saskatchewan filmmakers.

Entry forms and film pick up will be at PAVED Arts in Saskatoon and The Saskatchewan Filmpool in Regina, and I'll post them here early next week for those looking to sign up.

The Saskatoon event will screen 25 new films Wednesday June 8 at the Roxy Theatre
Regina will screen their 25 new films Thursday June 9th at the Regina Public Library Theatre.

Entry, as always, is first come, first in.
$40 for b/w reversal
$50 for colour
$25 if you provide your own reversal stock.

Please email if you have any questions or want to sign up.

The events are limited to Saskatchewan residents only.