Kodak announced the Grand Prize winners of the Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge following last night’s screening of works from the 15 semi-finalists’ films at the Slamdance Film Festival. Kodak launched the Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge last November as part of the company’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Super 8. The Grand Prize Audience winners of Kodak’s inaugural online contest are:
Kodak and Sundance Institute are collaborating to support the Institute’s preservation efforts while also supporting independent filmmakers who are using motion picture film. As part of the new alliance, Kodak is providing film to the Sundance Institute’s Archives, which hosts a wealth of images, tapes and artifacts preserved over its rich 35-year history. Kodak is also creating 35mm exhibition prints for filmmakers who originated their projects on film and those with features in the U.S. Competition categories at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival who want to screen a film print. Additionally, Kodak is offering Sundance Lab participants a 50 percent discount on film purchased for origination of their project.
Dallas-based Table 31 Productions has completed production of its psychological thriller, Element. Director Jon Keeyes is an Academy Award semi-finalist for his short film, Angela’s Body; his recent feature Nightmare Box won four best film awards on the festival circuit.
Kodak has enlisted an elite list of filmmakers, a photographer and industry professionals to be judges for the Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge. The competition, launched in November, has received more than 500 entries submitted by a wide range of Super 8 content creators around the world. There are two rounds of judging for the Jury Awards, with votes being cast by cinematographer Rachel Morrison, photographer Elliott Landy, producer Glenn Gainor, writer-producer Josh Friedman, film festival director Leslie Raymond, and Pro8mm founders Phil and Rhonda Vigeant.
Post-production finishing for the new independent feature Dixieland was completed at Technicolor PostWorks New York. Colorist Anthony Raffaele worked with first-time writer/director Hank Bedford and cinematographer Tobias Datum to finalize the look of the tense crime thriller set in modern day Mississippi. The facility also handled editorial conforming and visual effects.
The University of Michigan Library will welcome the papers of another maverick to their growing collection of material that highlights visionaries in the genre of independent film. Ira Deutchman has announced that he will donate his entire archive to U-M's Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers collection. The announcement was made December 2 at Lincoln Center in New York.
Cinematographer Carmen Cabana relied on camera support products from Manios Digital and Film while shooting on location for the new romantic comedy Holiday Breakup. Cabana employed a Cartoni Laser head and tripod system, along with a Vocas handheld rig to support the Blackmagic Cinema Camera that she used to capture principal photography.
While non-traditional gender roles are becoming more widely accepted, stereotypes still have a tendency to get in the way. This is particularly true for a Latina woman who is a teacher by trade, but wanted to blaze her own trail as the first female surfer in a tiny rural fishing village. Filmed on location in Baja, Mexico, La Maestra is a unique surfing movie told in the words of teacher/surfer, Mayra Agulair, which brings to light the issues facing female surfers, as well as the importance of taking care of the environment that we use for recreation and sports.
Telefilm Canada and UniFrance films have partnered on the distribution and promotion of independent films from their respective countries. They announced their partnership at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Organizers of the nonprofit Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles have announced its 7th annual feature film line-up. The five-day event, July 22-26, will be held in venues throughout downtown L.A.’s historic core with The Regent Theater serving as the festival’s primary venue.