I recently got the chance to collaborate with a brilliant Super 8 project called 50 Feet of Song, based in Portland, OR. To give you an idea of the concept, the website explains it best:
Inspired by the visionary field recordings of Alan Lomax and the direct cinema of the late '60s, we hit the road all over the Pacific Northwest recording artists at festivals, in hotel rooms, back alleys, and on front porches creating new field recordings in the folk tradition. 50 feet of Super 8 film measures out to about 3 minutes of record time. This 3 minutes also mirrors the standard length of a song, a convention left over from the physical limitations of 78rpm records. It's within these confines that we set out to record original sessions of the songs of our time. We also believe that behind every good song is an even better story. In addition to shooting sessions, we are deeply interested in the personal narrative that surrounds the craft and reveals to us the beating heart behind the song.
So once I found out about this project combining folk music and film, I knew I wanted to help out in some way and figured they could use some help covering the many musicians passing through New York City.
Looking forward to filming more musicians for 50 Feet of Song in the future.