In 1973 Kodak released a new film cartridge, the Synchronized Super 8, for the home market. Super 8 had little potential for commercial use, as it produced images that were relatively grainy and difficult to reproduce. But it was inexpensive and widely available and quickly became popular throughout the world. Super 8 provided people in countries like Iran, Belgium, and Venezuela the chance to become filmmakers -- and to engage in cinema practices. An International Federation of Super 8 Cinema formed in 1975 to coordinate festivals of films using Super 8 Format.
This exhibit curates materials related to the International Federation of Super 8 Cinema. The contents include a selection of posters for the film festivals. There are also examples of film festival programs, and of magazines produced by countries that were members of the Federation. It also contains intimate photographs of directors, filmmakers, actors, and audiences. Finally, it contains examples of Super 8 films themselves.
This project is intended to raise awareness of the Super 8 filmmakers and the global film culture they created -- but also the precarious state of the Super 8 films themselves. To preserve these important films for future generations, Isabel Arredondo, Professor of Modern Languages and Literature at SUNY Plattsburgh, is attempting to properly digitize fifty Super 8 films. Working with the SUNY Plattsburgh Foundation, Arredondo is raising funds to digitize and make available these films to the public. Please consider supporting the project via the link in the sidebar.