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The No. 1 film at the box office this week is J.J. Abram’s “Super 8,” an homage to the work of Steven Spielberg. Millions of people have seen this film, but it’s doubtful they know what the title means.

Released by Eastman Kodak in 1965, Super 8 became one of the preferred film formats of the motion picture industry during the 1960s and 70s – alongside 35 mm film. The name is an abbreviation for Super 8 millimeter film. The use of the word “super” denotes the film stock’s improvement over the earlier “regular 8” format and the number 8 is a reference to the width (in millimeters) of the film reel. Many independent filmmakers continue to use 8 mm to mimic the look of old home movies and capture the film’s gritty quality.

The fact that a movie using digital and image technologies that have led to the obsolescence of Super 8 film could be seen as ironic. But is this truly an example of irony? We dig in to that thorny topic, here.

New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund to Host Gala.

Entertainment Close-up October 10, 2011 New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund Chairman Stephen Dannhauser of Weil, Gotshal and Manges and President Kevin Parker of Deutsche Asset Management will host the charity’s 26th Annual Benefit Gala with a tribute to New York City’s fallen first responders on Thursday, Oct. 13.

According to a release, the gala will be hosted at the Wade Thompson Drill Hall of the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.

This year’s Gala, marking the 10th Anniversary of 9-11, will honor Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of The Goldman Sachs Group, for his ongoing support of the Benefit Fund and NYC’s first responders. The gala will be hosted by Brian Williams, Anchor and Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News.

Kevin Parker, Global Head of Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management division and President of the charity said, “The safety our City’s Fire and Police personnel provide us is something we should never take for granted. The emergency radio call of ’10-13′, which is also the date of the Gala, indicates that a First Responder is in need of assistance. Let this date, on the 10th anniversary of 9-11 when so many of them gave their lives, be a reminder to all of us that our commitment to New York’s bravest and their families must not waiver.” “It’s a privilege to honor Lloyd,” said Dannhauser. “The support that he and his colleagues at Goldman Sachs have shown to family members of New York’s finest and bravest heroes has been remarkable and has made a huge impact on their lives, providing help when and where it is most needed.” “All New Yorkers owe a great deal not only to the City’s first responders but to their families,” said Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of The Goldman Sachs Group. “It is an honor for our firm to help support the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children’s Benefit Fund.” Special guests include Hockey Hall of Famer, former honoree and charity VP of Community Affairs, Mark Messier, NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, and NYC Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and Port Authority Police Superintendent Michael Fedorko, Donnie Wahlberg (Blue Bloods), and Jim Cramer (Mad Money). see here jim cramer mad money

Messier said, “I chose to get involved with this charity, AnswertheCall.org because like all Americans and New Yorkers, I was profoundly affected by Sept. 11, 2001. The courage and selflessness that was shown by New York’s Bravest and Finest was an inspiration to me. I feel deeply compelled to honor and remember all first responders who put the safety of others before their own by helping the families they leave behind.” The event will also feature a performance by up and coming entertainer Duane McLaughlin, who will sing his new release Ready to Live.

Since its inception in 1985 by Daniel Staub, the Benefit Fund has distributed more than $123 million to the families of New York City Police and Fire Fighters who have been killed in the line of duty. Starting in 1987, the Benefit Fund provided 320 families with annual financial assistance. The commitment has since grown to nearly 700 families. With minimal overhead, the charity is able to give 95 cents of every dollar donated directly to the families who has suffered the loss of a loved one in the line of duty The Gala will include a live auction led by George McNeely of Christie’s. Notable items that are being donated this year include unique experience packages through the NYPD, FDNY and PAPD. go to web site jim cramer mad money

The cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets begin at $1000.

For tickets and sponsorship/ticket information, contact: Linda Giammona, 212.735.4505 or linda.giammona@answerthecall.org The Benefit Fund’s mission is to provide assistance to the families of New York City Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Port Authority Police and EMS Personnel who have been killed in the line of duty. The Benefit Fund gives financial assistance to grieving families immediately after they lose their loved one.

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84 Comments

  1. Max -  June 6, 2012 - 5:49 pm

    Hi
    i love this movie and i was wundering does anyone know what cameras the kids where using the first and the second one ?

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  2. Charlie Tarca -  May 31, 2012 - 4:09 am

    I’m with Caroline. Whoever wrote this article has to be completely daft. I don’t even know where to begin to rubbish this piece of laughable internet-(non-) journalism….
    so I won’t in detail. I’ll just point out two things:
    a) Most people I’ve met would know what “Super-8″ means (unbelievable comment) LOL
    b) To mention Super-8 and 35mm in one breath to make it sound like those two formats were even on the same planet, or S-8 used professionally to any degree is a joke (care to mention 16mm :))…
    Ahh I’m over it. Enough time wasted on this already. Bye.

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  3. Caroline -  April 15, 2012 - 11:27 am

    WOW did there really need to be an article over this? It was pretty obvious in the movie.

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  4. moo -  March 2, 2012 - 1:52 pm

    i thought it was because that was the name of the film festival the kids film was submitted to :P

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  5. Sean -  February 18, 2012 - 5:26 am

    I remember super 8 it was good at the time the film wasn’t the best but you can remember when being young and some films that my perents have has faded and the film is starting to brake for its age and here in Australia i would like to hear where the film can be scanned to dvd. My father got some films got it recorded to vhs and all you can hear was the guy recording it talking to some else and the sound of the projector and non of my perents films don’t have sound but i would like the scanned using a tele cline machine and done proply.

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  6. rickie -  February 13, 2012 - 6:38 am

    this if the film

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  7. Tominator -  December 16, 2011 - 11:09 am

    Funny that the last guy (Josh) finally gets that a movie may have a title that has an obvious meaning, and also a more subtle meaning. To name the movie entirely based on the film type of the kid’s movie would be pretty unimaginative. I’m sure there is a second meaning. The 8 limbs idea did occur to me. Still not certain that’s it, but makes sense. Thanks Josh.

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  8. Josh -  November 13, 2011 - 12:15 am

    You guys all seem to be missing the obvious. By now we all know that “Super 8″ is a reference to a type of film, however all of you seem to miss the fast that the monster also has 8 limbs. Therefore *Super 8*

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  9. Mike -  October 24, 2011 - 8:33 pm

    I understand the name of the movie now and where it came from… But this is in fact the worst case of title creation in history. I understand the kids in the film used Super 8 mm film but this was a VERY SMALL PART of this movie, in fact it was only a prop really as a leading to attach the kids to the plot.

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