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By Film Threat Staff | July 8, 2000

For the first time ever, the Cinemaker Co-op presents a festival devoted solely to the documentary format, SPLICE OF LIFE: THE SUPER 8 DOCFEST. Filmmakers from around Austin and the world are invited to create a one-reel, in camera edited Super 8 film on any subject for this end-of-summer celebration of the doc.
[ Entries are due at the Cinemaker office at 5pm on August 11, 1705 Guadalupe, Suite 201. ] In embracing Super 8 as a documentary format, Cinemaker hopes to focus on the details and intimacies of life, people, and issues–stories that can be told with tiny images, in a tiny space of time. And yes, mock-u-mentaries will be accepted!
Cinemaker provides inexpensive film equipment rental for those in need of cameras, splicers, tripods, etc. and film stock is now on sale at the office. An intro to Super 8 production workshop will also be held on Saturday, July 22; to sign up please call [ 236-8877 ] or email Technical Director Aaron Valdez at [ ] .
As always, the festival follows the 4 x 4 rules: no more than four splices allowed and no more than four minutes in running time. Please see a complete set of rules below. Selected films will be screened at a docu-bash at the Ritz Lounge on August 20 and 21. For more information, please call the Cinemaker Co-op at [ (512) 236-8877 ] or email [ ]
[ SPLICE OF LIFE OFFICIAL RULES ] ^ 1. All films must be submitted on Super 8. Soundtracks may be submitted on cassette or CD (CD preferred). Original soundtracks only. ^ 2. Entry is free to members, $5 for non-members. Films must be accompanied by an entry form, available at the Cinemaker office or by calling 236-8877, or emailing ^ 3. You must provide your own film. All necessary equipment and film stock is available at Cinemaker. Call Cinemaker for any film or equipment needs–if we don’t have it, we can at least offer advice! ^ 4. Four splices only are allowed. Maximum running time is four minutes. ^ 5. Include a 5 second countdown and title card at the head of your film. Be sure to include your name on the film as well. ^ 6. Open to everyone!!! ^ 7. Deadline for film and soundtracks is August 11 at 5pm, at the Cinemaker office. ^ 8. Call (512) 236-8877, email, or stop by our office at the Artplex Building, 1705 Guadalupe, Suite #201 for more information and an entry form! ^
The Austin Cinemaker Co-op site is [ ]

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