for immediate release
contact: Gerry Fialka pfsuzy@ao.com 310-306-7330 http://laughtears.com/PXL-THIS-27.html

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The 27th annual toy camera film festival features Pixelvision films made with the Fisher-Price PXL-2000 camcorder. PXL THIS, one of the oldest film festivals in LA, celebrates visionary moving image artists from seminal experimental filmmakers to 10-years-olds to homeless to professionals. This year includes entries from France and across the US.

PXL THIS 27 premieres on Monday, Dec 11, 2017 from 6pm to 7:30pm (preshow at 4pm) at The Unurban, 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90401 310-315-0056 http://www.unurban.com/ FREE ADMISSION

Highlights include:

Marc Bascougnano's Trois Plumes (Three Feathers) renders the elemental dance of his daughter Lisa and the lovely ground scoring on the seashore in the county of Trévignon, Brittany in France. Press ready stills:
L.M. Sabo's Ghastly Aesthetic There’s hypnotic beauty traveling over a dilapidated steel truss bridge, but not so much in this case. 

Denny Moynahan's "live cinema" Pixelvision immersion King Aikidolele returns to pre-verbal, pre-birth sonic imagery. Press ready stills:

David Witzing's To the Inland Ocean is a paradoxical still life for motion pictures: in the first half, although the camera is stationary, the motion of the earth on which the camera rests creates the movement on screen.  In the second half, PXL is used to express a descent into the shadows of ideas. drw@frametheweb.com Running Time=4:30  Still= http://drw.frametheweb.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/witzling-inland-ocean.jpg
Webpage/Watch online=http://drw.frametheweb.com/motion-pictures/to-the-inland-ocean

Two engaging shorts from Nicole Zwiren and Bruno Kohfield-GaleanoSal-man - Nicole begins to suspect that she is related to a species of fish because of her grandmother's last name.   The Pointing Game - What if in our world, the mundane is what is most highly valued? nicoleknows@gmail.com, brunogaleano@yahoo.com

Two from Frankie Louise "Hacker of non-ordinary & peak states of consciousness" -
Am I Awake Yet? asks unsuspecting friends (or strangers) to repeat the question "Am I Awake Yet?" and offer her their spontaneous answers. The Time Drowning Bodies Take to Breathe - A reflection on how we can save the oceans whilst at the same time discover the meaning of life. www.frankielouise.com 

Professional experimental filmmaker Mark Street's intimate L.A. Story tells of ambitious cocktail talk in Tinseltown.  mstreet430@gmail.com

Dr. Bradley Bobbs performs A.A. Milne's poem Disobedience. dr.bobbs@gmail.com

Shadow Masculine - Alita Arose's penetrating expose on the unspoken agendas of the masculine. alita@alitaarose.com, Stills available upon request.

Wrasslin Poodles' Werdz hound dogs the sagacity of Lightin' Hopkins - 
“The blues is something hard to get acquainted with, like death."

Gerry Fialka's Venice Brake Dance combines Super8mm footage from the Venice Boardwalk with binaural "Bernie Herrmann" beats (WARNING - Strobe Effects). pfsuzy@aol.com

Can you imagine the baby filmmaker born from the bromance of Korla Pandit and Rondo Hatton? Korla Hatton's Wanna Bee is the special-features, making-of fake-fake documentary on Venice Brake Dance as a paralyzing pitch probing two horns of the dilemma - the eye and the ear. (WARNING - Strobe Effects)

Ken Beauchene's Are You Ready To strolls the Santa Monica Farmers Market with an angle. kbeau71@verizon.net

Derek Gibb's A Stein-Brakhage Pseudo-Homage exploits Pixlvision's intimacy to ramble on and about Gertrude. damg618@hotmail.com

Hank Rosenfeld's All About Irv intimates the admiration of one writer for another as they shared six years of pastrami sandwiches and Golden Age of Hollywood stories starring Groucho Marx. hankidu@aol.com

Michael Shields' HG Wells evokes Mister Rogers after his post-LSD reeducation theraphy. molyart@gmail.com

Collin Bunch's Van Punkz attacks yuppies. xxbunchyxx@yahoo.com

Brad Kay's Sonata W.A. Mozart K.575 tickles the ivories of music history. suprbatone@aol.com

Sunny War's If It Wasn't Broken touches the heart song deeply. sydnyward@yahoo.com

Joe Nucci's Abstract Express (Guiseppe Nuccini as Joe the Limo Driver) opens the bardos of free jazz. nuccijoseph@yahoo.com

Fred Koerner's No Philosophy of Life details the transcendental feelings of intuition.

PXL THIS favorite Eli Elliott  returns with two gems:
Orpheus 5 subverts suicidal tendencies, and
Suzy's Clowns is a stroll through outsider art buffoonery. elienation@gmail.com

Ollie Steinberg's Lets Us Pry solidifies the bass heartbeat. olliebass@yahoo.com

Lisa Marr & Paolo Davanzo chuckle a Cosmic Gigglelisamarr66@gmail.compolyesterprince@hotmail.com
 
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PXL THIS 27 Dec 11, 2017 Laughtears.com
 
Aikidolele - Denny Moynahan
Sal-man - Nicole Zwiren & Bruno Kohfield-Galeano
Lets Us Pry - Ollie Steinberg
The Pointing Game - Nicole Zwiren & Bruno Kohfield-Galeano
Ghastly Aesthetic - L.M. Sabo
Are You Ready To - Ken Beauchene
Am I Awake Yet? Cooper Bates - Frankie Louise
The Time Drowning Bodies Take to Breathe - Frankie Louise
Cosmic Giggle - Lisa Marr & Paolo Davanzo
Trois Plumes (Three Feathers) - Marc Bascougnano
Disobedience - Dr. Bradley Bobbs
Van Punkz - Collin Bunch
HG Wells - Michael Shields
All About Irv - Hank Rosenfeld
A Stein-Brakhage Pseudo-Homage - Derek Gibb
Abstract Express - Joe Nucci
L.A. Story -  Mark Street
Suzy's Clowns - Eli Elliott
Orpheus 5 - Eli Elliott
Venice Brake Dance (WARNING - Strobe Effects) - Gerry Fialka
Wanna Bee (WARNING - Strobe Effects) - Korla Hatton
Werdz - Wrasslin Poodles
Shadow Masculine - Alita Arose
To the Inland Ocean - David Witzing
If It Wasn't Broken - Sunny War
No Philosophy of Life - Fred Koerner
 
(program subject to change)

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PXL THIS Director Gerry Fialka - hires 300 dpi still with PXL Cam - http://www.laughtears.com/images/Gerry-360dpi.jpg  and Bio - http://www.laughtears.com/bio.html
 
PXL THIS celebrates its 27th year of creative filmmaking by everyone from kids to professionals. One of the most unique film festivals ever, PXL THIS has been attended by Oliver Stone, Daryl Hannah, Kim Fowley among many more. Pixelvision has even made it onto the big screen via Richard Linklater (Slacker), Michael Almereyda (Nadja, produced by David Lynch) and Craig Baldwin (Sonic Outlaws). The irresistible irony of the PXL 2000 is that the camera's ease-of-use and affordability, which entirely democratizes movie-making, has inspired the creation of some of the most visionary, avant and luminous film of our time.
 
 "If movies offer an escape from everyday life, Pixelvision is the Houdini of the film world." -   SF Weekly 
 
PXL THIS, featuring films made with the Fisher-Price PXL 2000 toy camcorder, 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. 
 
"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." 
 
PRESS READY STILL:  PXL THIS Director Gerry Fialka - hires 300 dpi still with PXL Cam -    http://www.laughtears.com/images/Gerry-360dpi.jpg  and Bio - http://www.laughtears.com/bio.html
 
PXL THIS 27 also screens Thursday May 17, 2018 at 8pm (doors open at 730pm)
at Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St. 
Los Angeles, California 90026, 213-484-8846 info@echoparkfilmcenter.org http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org/
 
PXL THIS 28 - Entry deadline Oct 22, 2018 - simply send a dvd (NON RETURNABLE, and we may accept a youtube or vimeo link if there is no way to send a dvd, yikes) to Gerry Fialka 2427 1/2 Glyndon Ave, Venice, CA 90291310-306-7330 pfsuzy@aol.com   NO entry fee.
 
Watch past PXL THIS festivals online -  http://willerokan.com/pxlthis.html
 
Patrick Gill - PXL camera repairman -   patrickg0799@yahoo.com Visit-  www.bentstruments.com and
 More PXL articles: https://www.fandor.com/keyframe/pixelvision-when-toy-cameras-grew-up 
 
http://cinesourcemagazine.com/index.php?/site/comments/pxl_triple_fake/#.VkOKrtKrRxA ;