For Immediate Release:
PXL THIS 26
The toy camera film festival featuring Pixelvision films made
with the Fisher-Price PXL-2000 camcorder
Premieres Monday Dec 12, 2016 6pm-9pm
The Unurban: 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica 90401
PXL THIS is one of the oldest film festivals in LA and celebrates visionary moving image artists from seminal experimental filmmakers of 10-year-olds to peoples of homeless to professionals. Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/events/291091181284555/
Sunny War's With The Sun shines with musical rays of sweet poignancy. firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll Say the Title - Joseph Weidinger's creative coding trips the light fantastic. email@example.com
Jacqui’s Comatose - Go inside the mind of the sister of a comatose mental health patient while hoping and praying her sister will wake up. Directed by Nicole Zwiren, whose documentary, Behind the Fear, the hidden story of HIV, narrated by Ed Asner, is available for viewing at www.behindthefear.com Filmed and edited by Nicole Zwiren firstname.lastname@example.org, Visit - This Page for press ready stills, and to view PXL
Crazy on Skid Row - Rebecca Bayer interviews a homeless lady on Skid Row, who is a philosopher, psychic and heroine addict, the day before Christmas of 2015. Filmed and edited by Nicole Zwiren email@example.com, Visit - This Page for press ready stills, and to view PXL
Theraphy Schmeraphy - Frederic D. Koerner delves deep into the human condition via Fritz Perls and his Esalen experiences.
Me, Hunter & The Senator - Joe Nucci, a favorite of PXL THIS and former limo driver, relives a potentially disastrous night of political intrigue. firstname.lastname@example.org
Pixelicious - 50 Shades of Grey in one minute by Lisa Marr & Paolo Davanzo email@example.com,
Happy Feet Get Some - Have no fear, hesitation or worries. Simply dive right into pure proviDANCE with Devakinandana Das.
The Rant summons the very air of Venice Beach with a sublime swing by trumpet player Ron Meza (aka El Sucio), who has worked with Santana and John Lee Hooker. firstname.lastname@example.org,
Denny Moynahan’s (aka King Kukulele) What Wood You Do? transcends “live cinema” blues.
Denizen of Iniquity Suzy Williams clowns around with reality in No $ Value.
Brad Kay's Shrink Rap reveals his transparent self.
Wrasslin' Poodles' Werdz G gets knee deep in da swamp muck of funky blues.
Blue Moon Crescent's Two Police Officiers Getting... tells a relevant story.
Carlos Rodriguez listens to his art in "Title" by Title.
PXL THIS 26 - Dec 12, 2016 Unurban Laughtears.com 310-306-7330
What Wood You Do? - Denny Moynahan’s (aka King Kukulele), 4 minutes
Cancer Alley Blues - L.M. Sabo, 2m
Pixelicious - by Lisa Marr & Paolo Davanzo, 2m
Lovesick - Jessie Evans, Michele Armstrong, Scott F Moffett, 4m
Jacqui’s Comatose - Nicole Zwiren, 7m
"Title" by Title - Carlos Rodriguez, 1m
Me, Hunter & The Senator - Joe Nucci, 5m
Crazy on Skid Row - Rebecca Bayer & Nicole Zwiren, 8m
On The Wire - Bruno Galeano, 4m
Narcissus As Narcosis - Gerry Fialka, 5m
Sacred Whore - Alita Arose, 3m
No $ Value - Suzy Williams, 2m
The Rant - Ron Meza, 3m
Shrink Rap - Brad Kay, 4m
With The Sun - Sunny War, 4m
I'll Say the Title - Joseph Weidinger, 3m
Happy Feet Get Some - Devakinandana Das, 4m
Two Police Officiers Getting... - Blue Moon Crescent, 3m
Theraphy Schmeraphy - Frederic D. Koerner, 5m
Werdz G - Wrasslin' Poodles' 4m
PXL THIS Director Gerry Fialka is available for interviews
PXL THIS evokes profound emotional experiences that connect viewers with filmmakers using low-fi technology. It is one of the longest running film festivals in the entertainment capital of the world. Celebrating "cinema povera" moving image art, it evokes Marcel Duchamp's axiom "Poor tools require better skills." Pixelators from across the globe hoick up inventive approaches to the unassuming throw-away of consumer culture. These low-tech hi-jinx films come through loud and clear by reframing a new cinema language. Past PXL THIS participants have included Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Chris Metzler (Fishbone & Salton Sea documentaries), James & Sadie Benning, Joe Gibbons, Cecilia Dougherty, Peggy Ahwesh, Jesse Drew, Margie Strosser, Cory McAbee (The Billy Nayer Show), Ann Randolph, Kirsten Stoltmann, and Michael Almereyda.
PRAISE AND REVIEWS:
"If movies offer an escape from everyday life, Pixelvision is the Houdini of the film world." - SF Weekly
"Gerry Fialka's annual PXL THIS is a reliably surprising and seductive round-up of recent work achieved with the PXL 2000 camera. This humble outdated toy continues to bring out the visionary child in filmmakers and viewers alike, and no one has kept the PXL flame burning longer or brighter than Gerry." - Michael Almereyda, director
"Gerry Fialka's PXL THIS festival snaps, crackles and pops off the screen with the funky, user-friendly energy of real first-person cinema. Goofy, gorgeous, and altogether groovy, his provocative program of pieces produced with the Fisher-Price PXL 2000 toy video camera is not only downright entertaining, but more, its blipping and buzzing black 'n' white picture-bits coalesce into a veritable inspiration to all those who cherish the playful, spontaneous gestures and low-cost of electronic folk art." - Craig Baldwin, director & curator.
"All the PXL THIS videos reflect festival organizer Gerry Fialka's commitment to the freedom produced by making art without financial constraints. PXL THIS is a welcome highlight in the Los Angeles media scene celebrating the rich lexicon available in a tool which might initially seem rather limiting." - Holly Willis, LA Weekly.
"Pixelvision may be firmly ensconced in the pantheon of once-popular dead media, but for many of the faithful it captures the heart of the American experience as it should be seen: in basic black and white." - David Cotner, LA Weekly
"PXL is the ultimate people's video." - J. Hoberman, Premiere Magazine.
Seminal film experimental filmmaker Hollis Frampton evokes PXL THIS in 1978 : "I didn't really like the work I thought was my best work. I liked the stuff I didn't like a lot more." Rewording Jimmie Durham's overhearing evokes PXL THIS: "Are those real films or did you make them yourself?"
"When the aliens are here and deciding whether to vaporize all mankind for our inhumanity, cruelty and greed, showing the aliens PXL THIS will save the world. PXL THIS shows our best nature as humanist creators and subversives against those who deserve it. Save the world. Support PXL THIS." - George Manupelli, founder of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, filmmaker, poet, collagist and political/environmental activist
Pixelvision conjures Bucky Fuller's ephemeralization - the idea of minimal material with maximum performance. The PXL THIS Film Festival is similar to what Rachel Kushner wrote about Silvia Kolbowski's After Hiroshima Mon Amour: "The overall effect is well beyond an avoidance of comparison. It's refusal of the seductive surface of the Resnais film, as if to coax viewers out of the trance of filmic nostalgia and toward our own catastrophes and forgetting, our own longing to be faithful to a moment in the face of oblivion."
Seminal film critic Pauline Kael evoked Pixelvision in her book Hooked: "I am still a child before a moving image."
Hollywood Reporter called Pixelvision a "precursor of today's DV filmmaking."
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PXL THIS 27 - Entry deadline Oct 22, 2017- simply send a dvd (NON RETURNABLE) to Gerry Fialka 2427 1/2 Glyndon Ave, Venice, CA 90291, email@example.com NO entry fee.