Private Project


Searching for something through super8 Rome. The unexposed color filmstock, dated Nov 1968, was shot in 2022. It could only be processed in B&W and here are some of the unaltered results. This film is an expression of a search for beauty, visual, aural, and imaginary.

  • johnny kalangis
    7 7(feature film), Jack & Jill (feature film), Love is Work (feature film), The Mad (feature film), Road Trips (1&2) (interactive film art installations), Airwaves (interactive film art installation)
  • johnny kalangis
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    1 minute
  • Completion Date:
    June 17, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Shooting Format:
    super 8
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - johnny kalangis

Johnny Kalangis (he/him) is a multi-award-winning film director, installation artist, and digital media creative from Toronto/T'karonto, Canada. He is a first-generation white settler of Greek descent.

His first feature film, the anti-romantic micro-budget comedy Jack & Jill premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (1999) and was executive produced by Atom Egoyan. His second film, Love Is Work, won the People’s Choice Award at the Whistler International Film Festival (2005) and was the closing gala at the Canadian Film Festival in Toronto. His horror-comedy, The Mad (2007), starring Billy Zane opened the Canadian Film Festival (Toronto) and enjoys cult classic status.

7 7 (2022), Johnny’s next feature film was an experimental narrative. The film captured multiple awards and nominations worldwide including the Luis Brunuel Memorial Award, the best director nod at AltFF (Toronto), and Best Narrative Feature at Paradiso Ubud's 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival.

Johnny has done interactive, narrative film art installations at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche on three occasions. The pieces, Road Trips, Road Trips (1984) and, Airwaves allowed visitors to interact with their physical space to create and collaborate on their narrative experiences.

Johnny is currently the VP of Digital at Toronto’s Cream Productions. He executive produced CNN's Behind The Desk, The Story of Late Night (WINNER! 2022 Webby Award) podcast and the A Ghost Ruined My Life with Eli Roth (Discovery) podcasts. He also creates interactive digital media projects in augmented and virtual reality. He has designed games, game narratives and this year is also the executive producer on an album release. In the past he was a producer and executive at CBC Digital/TV and VP, Creative Director, Digital, and the multi-award-winning company, marblemedia.

He studied English, film theory and criticism, filmmaking, and interactive digital media at Western University, New York University, and the Canadian Film Centre.

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Director Statement

I found two rolls of unexposed Super 8 film for sale that were dated to expire in November 1968. I couldn't miss the opportunity to shoot this film in Rome with the hope that I'd get something back, but expecting nothing. One roll returned the most interesting static, but almost nothing to see, but the second had more. This film is an expression of a search for beauty, visual, aural, and imaginary.