Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival 2020 [Online]
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The Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival is dedicated to the creation and sharing of amateur super 8 films to foster inclusive dialogue, ensuring a diversity of community voices can define, document, and tell the story of their neighborhood. The film festival began in Georgetown in 2006 as a way to create a shared community event in a neighborhood without a community center, library, or public gathering space. In 2018, GS8 shifted focus to celebrating the Duwamish Valley at large and transitioning past films to an online archive. With the addition of 45 new films from this year, GS8 has helped to create 421 super 8 films to date. This archive will launch on the GS8 website with this year’s screening, and past films will continue to be added.
Participants in the Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival pay for the cost of film and processing or receive a scholarship; attend a crash course in super 8 filmmaking; sign up to check out a GS8 camera, and are assisted in the filmmaking process. This is a festival open to all regardless of experience. Filmmakers are not able to see their film as they shoot it and cannot edit it once the exposed image is returned to them. We hope that you view these films with an appreciation for this process and the unique challenge of making an analog film.
The 2020 Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival faced an additional challenge this year as the last films were sent in for processing just as the coronavirus began to impact our city. Unlike previous years, we are not able to gather to celebrate the work of our filmmakers and be together as a community. Instead, we must find new and creative ways to celebrate this work while staying safely at a distance. It is with much gratitude that I thank everyone who found a way in these uncertain times to finish a film, organize this presentation, judge the films you are about to see and support this project.
GS8 would like to extend special thanks to our fiscal sponsor Mini Mart City Park and our sponsors: The Northwest Film Forum, Nine Pound Hammer, The City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and King County 4Culture.
The Georgetown Super 8 Committee:
Director – Wynne Pei
Education and Archives – Laura Wright
Grant Coordinator – Liz Ophoven
Judge Coordinator – Brian W. Edwards Jr.
Documentation – Janet Neuhauser
Social Media – Sara Girard/ RockitWorks
Fundraising – Domenica Lovaglia
Filmmaker Outreach – Ahmad White
General Assistance – Clint Berquist
~ REEL 1 – A Tidal River Has ~
by Nolan Gonzalez and Ashleen O'Brien
This is a film about the Duwamish river and the Duwamish land that I am currently living on. Every time I walk past the river near my house I have a feeling that something special might be hiding beneath the water. This video is about that special thing while highlighting some of my favorite parts of the neighborhood. Also, my dog is in it!
Starring: Ashleen O’Brien and Lula (dog in the video)
Music by: Sam Phillips Corwin
by Chris Pfeifle
2117 miles from the nearest shoreline and a heavy storm bearing down on them the crew of the sailing vessel “CoRonin” have a decision to make…panic or HOLD FAST.
First Mate: Steve
Boatswain’s Mate: Quigley
Lyrics: Kevin Baker
Hard Edges, Soft Ground
by m.o.i. aka The Minister of Information
Hard Edges, Soft Ground is centered around the Lower Duwamish River over the period Feb 9-12th, 2020. The film explores and juxtaposes some of my favorite Georgetown activities. These include exploring industrial and riverine habitats, unwrapping take-out tamales from Lorena’s Kitchen, savoring cake from Deep Sea and Sugar, and lounging in Ruby Chow Park in order to watch planes land on Boeing Field.
Film and Sound by Don Wilkison aka m.o.i.
Music by Lazy Boy Blues, Unicorn Heads; The Heartache, Ugonna Onyekwe; Bro Time, Nat Keefe & BeatMower.
~ REEL 2 – Banks with Stories ~
The Adventures of Oak and Humbug
by Christopher Kimbrough & Elahe Zare
A young boy in an industrial city meets a magical creature who takes him on a whirlwind adventure to a whimsical land full of color and joy.
A huge thank you the Recycling Depot, Stellar Pizza, Wholesale Growers Market, SANCA, Deep Sea Sugar & Salt, for providing the sets and props for this film.
Starring: Oak as himself, Humbug as himself
(Humbug created by Irene Pedersen)
Where the Cats Play
by Davis Creative Productions
Cast: Zivia Davis and Finn Davis
Creative Director: Megan Davis
Music: “Kitty” by The Presidents of the United States of America
The Ghosts of GT
by Hazel, Lucy & Emma
All film-makers & actors are 11 years old or younger.
Staring: Asher, Swift and Ewan
Ghost Appearances: Hazel & Lucy
Filmed By: Emma
Sound : Hazel & Lucy
No Fly Zone
by Trinh Duong & Rob Jellinek
When an unsuspecting reader picks up a strange new comic at Fantagraphics, a devious villain from the comic steals a fairy’s wings and is transported from the story to real-world Georgetown. Thrilled by her newfound freedom, she explores Georgetown, causing mayhem wherever she goes. It is up to the reader to capture her back into the book!
Villain: Trinh Duong
Reader: Kinsley Ogunmola
Flip Flip Ding Ding/ Deep Sea Patron: Keri Stenerson
Deep Sea Baker in the Dark: Jayne Cayabyab
Director/ Sound/ Light Meter Expert: Rob Jellinek
Story: Trinh Duong
~ REEL 3 – People Who Live There ~
by Peter Reiquam
Starring: Jackson Reiquam
Music and Sound: Jackson Reiquam
A search for community
by Paul Dewald
In a world full of uncertainty, finding common ground can feel harder than ever. Forging community has never been more important.
Music by “A friend”
Max @ Lawless forge
Dan @ Motive Custom Woodwork
Colin @ Cyclefab
In Search of the Perfect Beer
by John Krull & Yukari Romano
This Super 8 short by filmmakers John Krull and Yukari Romano features well-known Georgetown breweries. In the film, John, playing himself, sets out in search of the perfect beer. Alas, the search continues so look forward to next years’ entries.
Producer and Director: John Krull
Cinematography and Camera: Yukari Romano
Starring: John Krull
Music by: Craig MacArthur (free licence from YouTube)
by Nemo Campisi
Television Head played by Zort Zeepzort
Flower Head played by Zac
Monster played by Ted
by Terrence Wynder, Kevin Drury, Kris Brown, and Ernest Argyros
ACT I: lsdf.studio
ACT II: Kris Brown & Ernest Argyros
ACT III: EVIL CLEAN AND MISTER KEN EVIL
~ REEL 4 – And Places it Shapes ~
A Glimpse of the Connections Museum
by Neil Rhoades & Alyson Stoner-Rhoades
Only 200 feet from our house in Georgetown, we were inspired to document the wonders of the Connections Museum. Displaying meticulously, lovingly kept telecommunications technology from a bygone age, much like the Super 8 Camera.
Sound sample from Isolation Loops by Hainbach
Thanks to The Connections Museum for filming access & assistance.
Observation of Place
by Alexis Wood
A reflection on the visual elements around us, both fixed and evolving, that subconsciously inform our understanding of place.
by Just John
Random things that can happen at a family business on the corner Corson and Nebraska.
Featuring: Blackbird – goes by “Scout”, Chef Cesar, Grandma & Grandpa, Cousin Chris, & Malia
Location: Fix Auto Body & Jellyfish Brewing
Music: “The Chronicles of Georgetown”, by DJ Neebor
February 28, 2020.
by Kevin Coulton
Residents of the Duwamish Valley have an average lifespan that’s ten years shorter than the rest of Seattle. Systemic pollution doesn’t just hurt the environment, it hurts everyone.
our usual table
by la dele sines and allan phillips
Soundtrack by la dele sines – music uncredited from public domain compilation, ambient restaurant sounds.
~ INTERMISSION (15 min) ~
~ REEL 5 – It’s Been a Long Hard Spring ~
Frances Doesn’t Care for the Blues
by William Brandt
Music: Frances Doesn’t Care for the Blues by Billybrandtmusic.com
Actors: Joanne Klein & Billy Brandt
Piano: Shawn Schlogel & Carl Hikaru Okada
Bass: Greg Feingold
Drums: Jamael Nance
by Ali Rowenna
Filmmaker-Producer/Audio Design: Ali Rowenna
Model/Co-Producer: Ilysia Van Deren
Purveyor of Lost Dreams
by Mackenzi Wakley
Actor: Sean Canfield
Music: Mackenzi Wakley
Leap Year MMXX
by Angelina Tolentino
An octopus decides to take a day off of the daily grind to hang out with friends.
Background Music: The Sight Below
Starring: Jerry, Logan, Homer, Simone, Octopus, Tarik, Charlie, Penguin, John E, & Victoria
Sun's there, you're just not high enough
by Madison Holup
The Wednesdays spend an afternoon romping around South Park, finding nature in the industrial and industry in the natural. Dreaming of better times and sunshine, they make the most of a gloomy Seattle day. The band ends up practicing outside their space, Whale House Studios and celebrates over pints at Loretta’s.
Song “Summer” by the Wednesdays
Featuring: Vané Moreno, Mars Clark, KK Daly, & Mad Holup
“Summer” Recorded by Jak McKool.
~ REEL 6 – But There is Still Love ~
In the Air
by Ann Sammon
Starring: Ann & Jhon
Music by: Jhon Warren Gilroy
Special thanks to Tracy T.
letters to [and from] Pablo
by Rana San
Improvised visual letters breach sense, distance, and substance.
Letters: Rana San + David Bestock
Voice + Music: Pablo Schvarzman ft. Citrus Máxima + Camellia Sinesis from album “Seeds”
Surprise in the Freezer
by Corrie Greening
Starring: Wynne Pei
Big Thanks to: Augie Pagan, Anthony Thambynayagam, Jason Austin, Tang!!!, Randy Pettigrew, Grant Eckman, Scott Horrell, Michele + Chris McMullen, Steve Withycombe, Laura Wright and the Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival
The Best Day of My Life
by Jason Austin
Credits: Willie West, Jason Austin, Anthony Thambynayagam, Randy Pettigrew, Corrie Greening, Augie Pagan, Tang!!!
Original Score: Jason Austin
Produced by The Georgetown AV Club: Anthony Thambynayagam, Augie Pagan, Corrie Greening, Jason Austin, Tang!!!
Dedicated to David and Don: Your impact on this community will never be forgotten.
The Great Paralysis
by Stephen Leonard Samelko
Original song, “Flashbang.” by Stephen Leonard
Waitress: Emma Jay Byfield
Narrator: Stephen Leonard
~ REEL 7 – And We Have Each Other ¯_(?)_/¯ ~
The Big Con
by Augie Pagan
When a neighborhood mob boss finds out his best friend has been secretly stealing money from him, he starts to not only question their friendship, but also, if he should let his friend continue to live.
A Five Dagger Films & Fiver Studio Production
Executive Producer: Scott Horrell
Staring: Jared Britt, Anna Lange, Chris Pfeifle, & Kate Jessup
Crew: Jason Austin, Anthony Thambynayagam, Tang
Sound Engineer: Jared Britt
Costumes: Pretty Parlor & Scott Horrell
Music: Courage and Strength by Tilman Sillescu, Five to one by Steve Poloni
by Anthony Thambynayagam
A man journeys back home.
Starring: Willie West
Original Score: Arran Emory McInnis
Make up/SFX: Ed Kroupa, Katarina Toft, Nichole Rathburn, and Michael Koehler
Production team: Jason Douglas Austin, Mark Johnson, Corrie Greening, and Augie Pagan
Produced by: Anthony Thambynayagam and Mark Johnson
Return of Robot
by Grant Crawford
The mechanized forces returned to conquer the world, this time through mind control.
Actors: Cameron Olson, Caleb Crawford and Will Fifield
Music: Grant Crawford
~ REEL 8 – And the Crazy Things We Do ~
Perros Manos (dog hands)
by Zack Lindsey + Keturah Walker
A story torn from the pages of history – a powerful relic, dogs that control humans, a struggle for control – and it happens in Georgetown.
Starring: Gato + the Beat!
Cast: Keturah, Zack, Drea, Greg, Nathaniel, Mary
A Hard Day's Day
by Adam Walker and Charlotte Blythe
Starring: Nox Novacula
Music: Nox Novacula
Special thanks to All City and Georgetown Music
The GS8 cycle begins in January when filmmaker registration forms and posters are distributed throughout the Duwamish Valley, calling for people who are interested in learning how to make and share super 8 films. Anyone can apply, regardless of filmmaking knowledge, and all completed films with appropriate content are included on the website. The registrants pay a fee that covers the cost of their film, processing, and a modest amount toward program costs, however, they may opt for subsidized or scholarship rolls on the basis of need. Registered filmmakers attend a crash course in super 8 filmmaking; sign up to check out a GS8 camera; and are provided assistance throughout the filmmaking process. Completed films are uploaded to the GS8 website, and the community votes for their favorites to be screened at the film festival. At this film-screening event, attendees are asked for a suggested donation, however, no one is turned away for a lack of funds. The intention of GS8 is to create a shared experience, inclusive of all community members, in an effort to build a vibrant, tolerant, and compassionate Duwamish Valley community.
The Georgetown Super 8 Archive
Previous GS8 films are now archival footage of landmarks and people that no longer exist in the rapidly changing Duwamish Valley. A new focus of this project will be to create an archive of past and future films in an accessible website, mapping each film in the primary location in which it was filmed.
The Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival began in 2006 when local artists asked their neighbors if they would be interested in learning to make super 8 films with the intention of sharing their results with the community. The enthusiasm was overwhelming and, in that first year, 33 films were made and screened at the Georgetown Ballroom to an audience of 200. Each year the number of films completed and audience attendance increased as well as the generous support from the community at large. From 2006 to 2019, GS8 assisted in the completion of 298 films with over 800 people in participation.