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Tue, 15 Jul 1997 11:22:36 -0400
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Molly Olsen
07/15/97 11:22 AM
ingvald.bergsagel @ MEDIA.UIO.NO wrote:
>What other directors uses super 8 in their work? Found footage or
otherwise. I have a feeling >that the format is getting a formidable
revival, and not only in a nostalgic way.
There's an annual 8mm film festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that runs
concurrently with the famous 16mm film festival at the Michigan Theater.
Kenneth Anger makes films entirely in Super 8, and he still turns up every
year.  A video category was added several years ago, and also a category
for Pixelvision (I hope I'm getting the name right) movies and shorts,
which are made with a camera originally developed for kids in the 60s.
I'm also curious about films made in 16mm that were then transferred to
35mm and shown in major theaters -- THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN, for instance,
and THE LIVING END.  Critics don't usually seem to mention that in their
reviews, which surprises me because the picture quality is so obviously
lower, though personally I think that's appealing.  I liked the other
low-budget touches in MCMULLEN, too, such as taking the characters outside
to use natural light (the husband and wife chatting casually in their
backyard in the wintertime) -- that's a treat for anyone who's made student
Molly Olsen
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