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After four programs of films from his adopted home of San Francisco, archival film guru Rick Prelinger turns his eye on the Motor City with his screening “Lost Landscapes of Detroit,” February 10th at Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

This isn’t going to be a narrative of urban decline or the “ruins porn” that’s become fashionable. Rather, it’s a collection of amazing and almost-all-lost footage that celebrates a vibrant, busy and productive Detroit from 1917 through the 1970s. The idea is to bring these images back to Detroiters for their contemplation and use as they rebuild their city for the future.

In that spirit, at the screening I’m going to give out copies of the show so people in Detroit can reshow and remix it, and it’ll be online at the Internet Archive after the screening.

Source: BoingBoing

The irrepressible Melinda Stone will host two screenings of amateur and cine-club films, including a tribute to the late Sid Laverents, alongside new productions

Sunday, February 21, 2010
3:00 p.m. For the Love of It: Seventh Annual Festival of Amateur Filmmaking
(U.S., 1972–2009). Artists in person. Introduced by Melinda Stone. Group productions from local amateur film clubs share the screen with newly commissioned Kodachrome films by Kerry Laitala, Jim Granato, Keith Evans, and Paul Clipson. (c. 60 mins)

Sunday, February 28, 2010
3:00 p.m. Sid’s Cinema: A Tribute to Amateur Filmmaker Sid Laverents
Sid Laverents (U.S., 1963–85). Introduced by Ross Lipman and Melinda Stone. We celebrate the career of this amateur auteur, whose “sense of humor . . . braids vaudeville, Looney Tunes, slapstick, and the drollery of old New Yorker cartoons.”—N.Y. Times. (c. 65 mins)

Source: Pacific Film Archive

Take more than 100 Eumig 607 and 610 projectors, put them in the 1000 sq metre cellar of a former brewery, add amateur film loops spanning every decade and major event from 1930 to now and you’ve got yourself the world’s biggest Super 8 screening.

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Straight 8 is a film project that began in 1999 with the intention of inspring super 8 filmmaking.

The Rules:

you shoot a film on the single cartridge of super 8mm film that we send to you. you can only edit in-camera. then you hand back your un-developed film to us for processing. and upload an original soundtrack

the film we send you is the actual one you shoot and we show. if it’s good enough… the first time you see your film is with a packed cinema audience

the projectionist will simply play your soundtrack when he sees the first frame of your film. no written instructions to our projectionist allowed – it is very dark in there. he doesn’t care anyway. well, he does. a lot actually. but you get the idea

this is about you making the film you want to make”

Straight 8 website

YouTube channel

And a BBC report on Straight 8 screenings at the 2007 Cannes festival