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, April 17, 2008

IMAGES recap

It takes a while to recover from late night screenings and the three weeks of super 8 bliss we've recently enjoyed, all capped by our recent screening at the Images Festival last Friday.

We've posted new photos from the events on facebook, so check them out and add your own if you like.

The No Cuts. No Splices. showcase was a great success at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. Toronto has a great appetite for small gauge cinema, and the capacity crowd was enthusiastic and committed to staying up well past the midnight hour to see some great work that has come out of the OTS8 over the past few years. It's hard to say there was a crowd favourite film in the bunch, as each work seemed to find its own fan (this only speaks to how diverse the audience was). We had 9 filmmakers in attendance, which gave people a great opportunity to mingle after the screening, and find out more about how these 'shoot and show' films were created.

The silent films of the evening were unintentionally accompanied by a vigorous karaoke party happening next door. But ultimately, this lead to some serendipitous pairings. You can read a review of the show on Images blog. We're getting some interest in hopefully doing other screenings of this package of films at other festivals across Canada, so we'll keep you posted on when the show might be coming to a town near you. In the meantime, that's the bulk of our spring season, as we start to prepare for the fall. Winnipeg is already getting its wheels turning for their 3rd Annual event at WNDX, and preparations for our 8th annual in Regina are well underway. Over the next couple of months, we'll be doing some retrospective pieces on OTS8 history, as we get a bit sentimental about this nostalgic format.

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