One group relies on their trusty Bolex H16 to take on the challenge of 100 feet.
By Nicholson Feldman
November 11, 2019
Atlanta, GA - A small handful of filmmakers sit impatiently in the misty backroom of Kodak Atlanta. The old shag carpet flooring and swelling wooden walls give off the aroma of a moldy history. The filmmakers sit impatiently, awaiting their 100 feet of film to be passed out to each group. A picture is worth a thousand words, but 100 feet of pictures tell even more.
In Atlanta, Georgia, a revolution of the cinematic sense is erupting. Kodak Atlanta and the Atlanta Film Society have teamed up to bring the joys of celluloid back to the forefront of film. The 100Ft of Film Project is a challenge that allots 100Ft of 16mm Film to contestants, with three months to shoot, develop, edit, and show their work.
The contest begins in October or November, you sign up and Kodak contacts you to work out the essential item: what film stock you would like to use. Kodak still manufactures many different film stocks, but you choose between two different sensitive tungsten light films, or two different sensitive daylight films. Kodak cannot guarantee access to a 16mm camera, but they do offer four complementary classes for you to attend during the three month period, to help those who have not shot film before, or have not had much experience.
Usually, between eight and ten groups make it to the finish line and have their work presented in a private showing at the Plaza Theatre in Midtown, while the best ones are entered into the Atlanta Film Festival.
The winners take home four all week passes to the Atlanta Film Festival, 4,000Ft of Film, and more.
“The 100Ft of Film Project really helps raise awareness to the fact that celluloid is still a very viable option for filmmakers, both young and old,” says Jeremiah of Kodak Atlanta, “We need to keep raising awareness to keep the artistic medium around, or one day we may lose a piece of history.”
Celluloid Film differs from that of a digital camera in that fact that it utilizes light-sensitive chemicals to record a motion picture, and is a physical medium to the ever-growing digital world. Many artists still prefer the physical touch that working with celluloid allows, as well as some major directors like Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino.
“Working with celluloid helps me reach my personal aesthetic in film, with a more fantastic color spectrum and an imperfect picture. Being able to physically hold and interact with my footage is one of the best feelings of working with 16mm,” says Angie Dang, a recent graduate of Georgia State University, and an active worker in the film industry.
The Film Projects will be screened on March 30th, 2020 in the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta as of now. There is still time to register for the event as well, with the closing date for registration being November 20th.