Saving Tape Super 8mm film transfers are featured throughout the recent documentary film by Maya Washington. Through the Banks of the Red Cedar tells the story of Maya’s father Gene Washington, a star football player at MSU in the 1960s when racial integration in Big Ten football was still new. Gene would eventually become a Minnesota Viking, playing alongside Alan Page, Carl Eller, John Henderson and others.
Much of the film’s visual narrative relies on snippets of home movies shot by the young Washington family in Super 8 format. Maya had Saving Tape clean the movie film and scan it in high definition progressive frame digital format. In order to have maximum control over the film content, Maya had Saving Tape generate a progressive TIFF image of each individual frame of film. In addition, Maya received high def mp4 movie files which served as a reference during the editing process. In addition, the mp4 files were easy to copy and share with family members who could then stream them on their smart TVs and computers.
Through the Banks of the Red Cedar won Audience Choice Honorable Mention at the 2018 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Production was supported in part by a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.