Super 8: An Illustrated History
Release Date: October 15, 2019 Rare Bird Books
I’m excited to announce the release of my new book, Super 8: An Illustrated History, a coffee table art book showcasing the history of Super 8 filmmaking. It’s going to be beautiful. In addition to featuring stunning photography documenting the sleek mid-century design of Super 8 cameras and projectors, the book will be filled with vintage advertisements and eye-catching illustrations from Super 8’s heyday.
Super 8: An Illustrated History also features interviews with and essays by filmmakers who got their start in Super 8, and with pioneers who were instrumental in the development of the medium. These interviews are revelatory, showcasing how young artists, working with no budgets and with little-to-no formal training, managed to make impactful movies and give voice to international subcultures. Interviews include Richard Linklater (Slacker, Boyhood, Dazed and Confused), Dave Markey (1991: The Year Punk Broke), Rocky Schenk (music video director for Adele, Devo, Nick Cave, The Cramps, Robert Plant), James Mackay on Derek Jarman (Last of England, Jubilee), Lenny Lipton (The Super 8 Book), Beth B (Black Box), James Nares (Rome ’78), G.B. Jones (The Lollipop Generation), Bruce LaBruce (Super 8 1/2, The Misandrists), Marc Huestis (The Gay Film Festival of Super-8 Films), Ed Sayers (The Straight 8 Film Festival), Peggy Ahwesh, Norwood Cheek, Paul Clipson, Martha Colburn, Paolo Davanzo, Gerry Fialka, Karissa Hahn, Narcisa Hirsch, Lisa Marr, Frank Martinez, Matthias Müller, John Porter, Paul Sheptow, silt, Melinda Stone, and Jonathan Tyman. On the technical front, the book features interviews with Frank Bruinsma (Super8 Reversal Lab), Bob Doyle (Super8 Sound), Tommy Madsen (Logmar Camera Solutions), Phil Vigeant (Pro8mm), and Roland Zavada (Kodak).
I’m Not Fascinating—The Movie!
20th Anniversary Edition Out Now!
Long out-of-print, I'm Not Fascinating is now available for rent or purchase on Vimeo On-Demand. 21 years removed from its world premiere on Valentine’s Day 1996 at The Viper Room in Los Angeles, I'm Not Fascinating – shot entirely on now-obsolete Super 8 sync sound film stock and precariously held together by splicing tape – is finally being given the deluxe re-release treatment with a brand new HD transfer and accompanied by a gut-busting smorgasbord of bonus features and never-before-released live concert footage of the band. This new transfer is undoubtedly better than the film deserves but despite its hi-def sheen (*cough*), no-budget cinephile purists can rest easy knowing that the original’s many “weirdly beautiful” visual flaws are all still ingloriously intact.
Bonus features include: commentary from Danny Plotnick and Icky Boyfriend drummer Anthony Bedard; photo gallery; deleted scenes; Icky Boyfriends' music video from back in the day; and 4 Icky Boyfriends' concerts from the 1990s.
Odds & Ends
Danny’s Super 8
Filmmakers Colin James Russell and Alec Rodriques have made a beautiful short doc about my work in Super 8. It is playing the festival circuit now. For screenings in your neck of the woods, click here. To take a sneak peak at the film, click here.
Skate Witches Mania Continues
People who weren't alive when this film was made continue to dig it. Dana (one of the Witches) still has the original jacket. I swear it's worth a fortune. She'll be able to retire when she puts it up for on-line auction.
Do You like Music? Pick up a copy of the Typical Girls 4 comp to hear Sk8 Witches by Mommy Long Legs.
Danny Plotnick films archived at the Hugh Hefner Moving Image Archive at USC
I'm pleased to announce that my films have been selected to be included as part of a punk rock archive at USC. This means the films will be stored in a facility more conducive to longevity than my closet and moldy basement. Look for new 4K transfers of the films rolling out in 2020. With the exception of I’m Not Fascinating, you’ll just have to settle for the current SD transfers currently available..