Saving the Next to Last
Super 8mm

digital video transferred to Super 8mm, hand-crank projection
9 minutes
This is a hand-cranked projection which should be performed in a very dark room. The projection works best in no or low ambient light and no further than 25 feet from the screen.

I am interested in a celluloid record of today's overwhelming electronic view to create a slower and gracefully deteriorating archive of this digital phenomenon. The stability of our natural resources are in question. We use our natural resources to create electricity which is needed to view both celluloid and digital images, but celluloid images can also be viewed by holding it up to daylight. My personal view is that the celluloid version of images has more stability than the digital images. Standards for archiving digital media are constantly debated. My film, Saving the Next to Last, is a reverse archive of my personal photographs and moving images. Instead of an archive transferred from analog to a digital format, I’ve transferred digital images and videos into an analog format, Super 8mm film. I have created a limit to overwhelming amounts of digital footage. The frames are interspersed with fake security questions and related Google Earth locations. If for some reason the electricity went out, anyone would still be able to easily access the red and green security frames along with memory jogging images. The film is shown via a “hacked and wireless” hand-crank Super-8mm projector.