First-ever Chicago Screening of Straight 8
January 18, 2018 by Screenmag
Straight 8, a global super 8mm short film competition founded in London in 1999, has its first ever Chicago premiere later this month.
“Straight 8 Says Hello Chicago!” is curated and produced by Chicago’s own filmmakers, Megan Marie Connolly and Eliaz Rodriguez.
“Straight 8 Says Hello Chicago!” will take place at 8pm on Friday, January 26th at Stage 773 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago (1225 W Belmont Ave). It challenges participants to make a short film on one cartridge of super 8mm with no editing, no re-takes, no grade, and no post-production. Participants then submit a separate soundtrack without having seen their film. Finalists are invited to the London screening or Cannes Film Festival.
With the help of Straight 8 and the promotional support of IFP Chicago, the screening is meant to increase awareness about this exciting competition.
“Straight 8 is an opportunity for Chicago filmmakers to develop and foster their creativity," said 2017 London finalist and producer of the Chicago screening. "Participating in this competition is an incredibly rewarding experience for anyone from a seasoned filmmaker to a novice.”
“Straight 8 Says Hello Chicago!” screens a wide variety of competition winners from the past 19 years. Films are anywhere from two to four minutes in length and have their own unique twist on the challenge. “Whether or not audience members are interested in participating in Straight 8, they are invited to watch and learn about what it takes to shoot a film within the rules of the competition. The finished films are astounding,” said Eliaz Rodriguez of CinemaJaw podcast The Greatest Movies Podcast Ever!
Megan Marie’s Straight 8 London selected film, “Bedhead,” will have its Chicago premiere alongside the premiere of Eliaz’s new short, “The Big Slip,” created within the parameters of a Straight 8 film. At the conclusion of the screening Megan Marie and Eliaz will participate in a Q&A, hosted by Ry “The Movie Guy” Jagiello of CinemaJaw, where they will discuss their film process with the audience.