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One Take Super 8 Event 2021
October 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$5
CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers is SUPER excited to announce Vancouver Island’s second edition of the One Take Super 8 Event — this time in full Kodak colour!
A fun, non-competitive, community-driven creation and exhibition opportunity for intrigued newbies, amateur artists, and professional filmmakers alike.
Super 8 film took the world by storm in the 1960s and 70s as an accessible way to make “home movies.” Today, the format lives on as an analogue escape from our digital world. The One Take Super 8 Event began in the year 2000 in Regina SK, and since then it has inspired the creation and screening of over 1,000 films in more than 50 locations around the world. CineVic presented the island’s first edition two years ago, and we’re bringing it back for another round of fun!
Earlier this summer, 21 participants from Victoria and the surrounding region answered the open call to participate. They were given a camera, a roll of film, and one week to create their own 3-minute Super 8 movie. The only catch: no editing. The filmmakers had to shoot their scenes in order with no second chances, and they’ll witness their work for the first time along with an audience at the community screening on October 23rd. Soundtracks are optional, and because the Super 8 format does not record sound, they are created separately from the film and manually cued up on the night.
(Scroll down for complete list of films)
Get your advance tickets now and join us in-person or online for the limited-capacity hybrid screening event!
Saturday October 23rd 2021
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
(enter through Victoria Conservatory of Music at 900 Johnson St.)
Or watch from home on YouTube
$5 advance tickets
* After purchasing a ticket, the link will be sent to you from Eventbrite on the day of the show.
* Please note that the video will premiere promptly at 7pm and will only be available to view until midnight.
See the world premiere of 21 new Super 8 films:
(each film runs approximately 3 minutes)
A kooky Funny FRiendly FAMILY COMEDY
Octavian Kaul is an actor, director, and writer who first found his love for film at the age of four after using his father’s flip video camera for the first time. Years later he decided the easiest way for him to get on a professional film set was through acting. Since then, Octavian has acted in several Film/TV productions and has directed several short films, some of which have gone on to screen and win awards at film festivals across the world.
The Sleepless Eye
Alex Skorochid is a writer and visual artist who lives with his partner and son in Victoria BC. The Sleepless Eye was his first foray into moving pictures and is a loose attempt to adapt a short story of his about a man who films his dreams. Things didn’t go quite as planned though—between heatwaves, smoke-waves, too-inquisitive toddlers, bad lighting and a slowly deteriorating camera the production of the film was ultimately more dream-like than anything he can imagine will appear on screen.
Ashley by the Ocean
Michael Korican is an award-winning filmmaker from Victoria BC. He first started making movies with his father’s Super-8 camera in high school, in Waterloo, Belgium, in the mid-Seventies. After graduating from film school at York University, he worked in exhibition and made a feature with fellow classmates. Having completed five dozen shorts, he is currently working on his second feature: Ashley by the Ocean is a fantasy about an ice cream cone; it will be wrapped inside a Wes Anderson-inspired elementary school memory that will be one of a dozen stories inside 1 Lie.
Suzanne Moreau has wrangled cats and herded humans since taking CineVic’s Incubators program; she has co-produced/assistant directed four others’ films; and written/directed/produced three short films. Ersatz Cats is about humans acting as cats acting as humans acting as cats. Think “Victor/Victoria” fluidity – but cats. Inspired by my three felines’ amusing and perplexing shenanigans, this film is a cross between a cat video and the musical Cats. While the human’s away the cats will play! The ersatz cats are unaware of their human (camera) while doing human stuff until they see them and revert to cat behaviour.
3 out of 9
Ian Sebelius has a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies from Mexico City’s UAM-Xochimilco. He has worked as a freelance video editor and videographer for TV channels and is currently working on @efecto-tv and efectotv.net. 3 out of 9 documents a family get-together to celebrate Charene Sebelius’s birthday. It’s a collage of moving images more or less planned on the spot and a soundtrack with fragmented conversations that bring back the old days in Saskatchewan’s farmlands where the 9 Sebelius siblings grew up. There are also loving stories about Charene’s grandchildren, and some of their artwork.
Circle of Life
Jerry & Alena Kott
Sonya Chwyl & Anik Desmarais-Spencer
Anik Desmarais-Spencer and Sonya Chwyl have been directing together since 2019, when they made their first short Baby Teeth. Based out of Victoria BC, they have worked on many indie sets in a variety of roles – most often as a creative team. In creating Breathe we wanted to use the unique opportunity of working with Super 8 film to illustrate the visceral, uncomfortable reality of Cystic Fibrosis. We hope that this film helps raise awareness about the ongoing fight to have life-saving CF treatments covered under provincial drug plans.
ᒥᑭᓯᑲᐦᑕ :: mikisikahta :: Bead it
Eli Hirtle is a nêhiyaw(Cree)/British/German filmmaker, beadworker, youth mentor and curator based on Lekwungen Territory in Victoria, BC, Canada. His practice involves making films about Indigenous cultural resurgence and language revitalization, as well as investigating his nêhiyaw identity through beadwork. Current areas of interest are learning how to speak his ancestral language of nêhiyawêwin and mentoring emerging Indigenous artists.
New In Town
One week in and around Victoria. Don’t really know what I’m doing.
A finalist in Cinevic’s 2020 CINESPARK competition, Elvie works in both fiction and film. Her previous Super 8 short, When the Nanny Comes, was screened in Victoria at FLUX Media Gallery and in Halifax by the Handmade Film Collective. Not So Fast, Dr. Quick, Elvie’s medical mystery novelette, was published in the July/August 2021 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and she has a selkie-themed middle grade novel out on submission. She has a tiny following on Twitter @ElvieSimons and studies writing part-time at the University of Victoria.
We are Blue Sheet Clubhouse Productions. Through the development of support groups like the Blue Sheet Clubhouse, we strive to provide opportunities for personal development and reintegration in the community for brain injury survivors. Writing and producing short films is just another great way to improve cognitive functioning. This project is an initiative of The Cridge Centre for the Family’s Brain Injury Services.
Megan Switzer is a UVic student studying English literature, with a focus on the integration of short film and poetry genres. Megan believes that the elegance of verse makes for a visual style of its own, and she is inspired to create a collection of bite-sized poetic films in the style of the one you are about to see. Based on the poem Blackberry Picking by the quintessential Irish poet Seamus Heaney, this film depicts the experience of picking blackberries and watching them spoil as an extended metaphor for the bittersweet and painful process of growing up.
Rachel Evans is a compulsive maker driven by experimentation. She has followed her curiosity into many different fields of work and study including environmental work, animal welfare, trades/construction and the film industry. Primarily inspired by nature, her art focuses on biological processes and cultural relationships to the natural world. She employs a variety of media/methods to re-enchant people with forgotten elements of nature on phenomenological, mythical and personal levels. Her present artistic focus is on experimental films, but you can still catch her drawing or building and gleaning ideas and materials from the forests, beaches and fields.
Hang on Me
Joan Bessie is a recording artist and songwriter who enjoys exploring analog media in both film and music. Her filmmaking experience has been largely focussed on music video production. This is her second year participating in the One Take Super 8 Event.
Tyson Laidler has always enjoyed the process of shooting on film, and only in the last two years discovered the joy of shooting on the Super 8 format. He believes the nostalgic medium of film capturing a dying form of transportation is a fitting combination. Woo Woo is a short super 8 film strongly inspired by my childhood love of big classic locomotive trains. As a kid, I was obsessed to the point of owning an electric train set and Thomas the Tank Engine bed sheets. On occasion, my parents would take me to the Forestry Museum in Duncan to ride on the railway. This film uses the innocent point of view of a child and how years later as an adult he longs for those halcyon days.
Originally from France, Ella Privet studied documentary film making and directed a short documentary in Marseille in 2014. She arrived in Canada in 2018 and now works as a French teacher. For 79 Summers, three things were on my mind: the beautiful nature and wildlife of the island, my sister’s death 10 year anniversary and my friendship with Joanna. This is a portrait of Joanna, who shared with me her love for nature and animals, knowing it would help me cope with my grief, like it helped her cope with hers. This film is my first attempt at film making in Canada and also my first time shooting in Super 8.
Microcosms – Troll Dolly
“microcosms” are little worlds. They beg the questions: do fragments represent reality? Are we greater than the sum of our parts? Music produced by Jen Yakamovich (Troll Dolly) and Shilo Preshyon. Super8 film shot by Jen Yakamovich and Trevor Lang at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens.
Nathan Dunsmoor has always loved celluloid and been fascinated with Super 8. He shot some black & white around Tasmania, and entered a Super 8 short fest in Hobart in 2008. WKD is my son Woods. I’ve not posted a pic on a platform of him. I guess he can make that decision when/if he wants. My camera malfunctioned, but that’s fun too! I love Woods. 4 and fun. It’s the first time I’ve publicly shared some images of him, and it’s kinda on my terms.
Kemi Craig & Joshua Ngenda
Kemi Craig is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in the traditional Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ Territories. A woman of African descent raised in the Cherokee and Catawba Territories, her work centers on experiences of raced and gendered bodies using movement, film, video, found materials and storytelling. In her work she embeds community engagement and critical spectatorship to explore how we shape and interpret narratives that inform our past, present and future. Born in Secwépemc territory and raised between Bassa territory in suburban Liberia and Coast Salish territory in Southern British Columbia, Joshua Ngenda is a self-taught artist of Kissi, Kpelle, and mixed settler-European ancestry. Practicing mainly in analogue photography, his work blends street, portrait, and experimental forms. He currently calls home the unceded territories of the WSÁNEĆ and the Lekwungen speaking peoples of southern Vancouver Island. Pop! is a short film that explores the space of anticipation, amplifying the connections between the experiences of the bodies onscreen and the physical responses to the bodies of those in the audience.
A sketch, an experiment of sorts, unfettered…a river. Embracing flux, chaos and unpredictability. “I have read that the descent of an eighth of an inch in a mile is sufficient enough to produce a flow.” – Henry David Thoreau
Many thanks to our event partners and sponsors: MediaNet / FLUX Media Gallery, Antimatter Media Art Festival, and Niagara Custom Lab.
CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers acknowledges and respects the long history of the Lək̓ʷəŋən-speaking people, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, as well as the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations, on whose traditional and unceded territory we carry out our activities.
CineVic gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance and support of Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, and the CRD Arts Development Service.