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ABOUT US

Georgetown Super 8 Mission

 

Georgetown Super 8 is dedicated to the creation and sharing of amateur super 8 films with the goal of fostering inclusive dialogue, ensuring a diversity of community voices can define, document, and take stake in the evolution and future of their neighborhood. 

 

Program Description

 

The GS8 cycle begins in January when filmmaker registration forms and posters are distributed throughout the Duwamish Valley, calling for people who are interested in learning how to make and share super 8 films.  Anyone can apply, regardless of filmmaking knowledge, and all completed films with appropriate content are included on the website.  The registrants pay a fee that covers the cost of their film, processing, and a modest amount toward program costs, however, they may opt for subsidized or scholarship rolls on the basis of need.  Registered filmmakers attend a crash course in super 8 filmmaking; sign up to check out a GS8 camera; and are provided assistance throughout the filmmaking process.  Completed films are uploaded to the GS8 website, and the community votes for their favorites to be screened at the film festival.  At this film-screening event, attendees are asked for a suggested donation, however, no one is turned away for a lack of funds.  The intention of GS8 is to create a shared experience, inclusive of all community members, in an effort to build a vibrant, tolerant, and compassionate Duwamish Valley community. 

 

The Georgetown Super 8 Archive

 

Previous GS8 films are now archival footage of landmarks and people that no longer exist in the rapidly changing Duwamish Valley.  A new focus of this project will be to create an online archive of past and future films in an accessible website.

 

History

 

The Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival began in 2006 when local artists asked their neighbors if they would be interested in learning to make super 8 films with the intention of sharing their results with the community. The enthusiasm was overwhelming and, in that first year, 33 films were made and screened at the Georgetown Ballroom to an audience of 200.  Each year the number of films completed and audience attendance increased as well as the generous support from the community at large.  From 2006 to 2011, GS8 assisted in the completion of 265 films with over 700 people in participation.  The Georgetown Super 8 Film festival will re-boot in 2019 with a focus on the culture, people and places of the Duwamish Valley.