The Emerald Reels Super-8 Lounge grew out of the Visual Q Lounge series
at Seattle's Alibi
Room. The Super-8 Lounge filled a need in Seattle's growing film/video
community by screening actual super-8 film prints - not just videos.
Since many of these films were submitted without sound tracks it became
necessary to play tapes, records and CD's to provide background accompaniment.
Out of this combination, accidentially grew the idea and the need to
collaborate with skilled and creative DJ's.
From April to June 1998, the Visual Q Lounge ran ten screenings
culminating with two shows as part of the second (unofficial) Satellites
Festival, an alternative film festival running concurrently with the
Seattle International Film Festival. The final show, which included
student films from Seattle's Media School and Sky Cries Mary drummer
Ben Ireland, proved to be the most
successful of the series.
From these shows, the groundwork was laid for the success
of the Emerald Reels Super-8 Lounge, which debut in early Fall 1998.
Word had spread and submissions from beyond Seattle arrived from San
Francisco, Portland, North Carolina and Denver. Meanwhile the connection
was made with local Seattlites DJ
eeg and DJ 00#/
thus blending the presentation of cinema with that of night club djing.
With the addition of Ted Grudowski
and his new media photo projections, a seamlessly professional program