In early 1994, Norwood Cheek attended a film screening in Athens, Georgia by the name of Flicker. A super 8 fanatic since 15 years of age and a videographer for local musicians such as Superchunk and the Archers of Loaf, he thought that Flicker would work well in Chapel Hill, NC, which was home to many super 8 filmmakers. That fall, Cheek held the first Flicker in town, screening films at the Local 506 for an enthusiastic audience who sat on its hard cement floor. Thus, Flicker Chapel Hill began and still maintains the same format and requirements as it did ten years ago – no entry fee, films must originate on film, and be under 15 minutes.

Due to an overwhelming response and local filmmakers coming out of the celluloid closet, Flicker soon outgrew the Local 506 as its precious floor space was disappearing. In late 1995, Cheek met with Frank Heath who had purchased enough folding chairs to seat 200 people and thus, Flicker began to meet at the Cat’s Cradle. In 1997, the Flicker torch was passed on to Duke graduate student Roger Beebe and Cheek went on to found Flicker Los Angeles. In addition to collaborating with Cheek to produce the Best of Flicker compilation video tapes (which can still be rented at various VisArt locations), Beebe occasionally took Flicker on the road, visiting cities all over the Southeast. When Beebe moved on to the University of Florida in the Fall of 2000, local documentarian Jim Haverkamp came aboard. Jim began the Flicker Hat Trick, a raffle in which two hats are set up - one for names; the other for subject matter. After intermission, a lucky winner draws a topic for a short, Flicker-sponsored film which he or she must make by the next show. The idea has brought many new names to the line up. This is how Jen Ashlock got her start in filmmaking iq option reviews. She then headed Flicker from 2002 to 2004. She collaborated with Ren Velarde and Nicole Triche to bring Attack of the 50 Foot Reels to Chapel Hill in May of 2004, an idea originated by James Parrish who runs Flicker Richmond. The event requires filmmakers to shoot a roll of super 8 using only in camera edits. Without previously viewing their pieces, filmmakers bring music on cassette or CD and then screen their films. Local filmmaker and producer Nicole Triche is now at the helm of Flicker Chapel Hill as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary.

   
 

 

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