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contact: Gerry Fialka pfsuzy@aol.com 310-306-7 330 http://laughtears.com

PXL THIS 28 Toy Camera Film Festival screens Thursday May 23, 2019 at 8pm (doors open at 730pm) at Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N Alvarado St, LA 90026http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org/ $5 admission. The PXL-2000 (Pixelvision) is a toy camera, manufactured by Fisher-Price from 1987-89, that records on quarter-inch audio cassette tape. The low resolution and high contrast made it cheap for kids, but also suitable for artists. Today Pixelators are merging Pixelvision with cell phones and live streaming.

The 28th 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 across the US. Pixelvision has been screened recently at Lincoln Center in New York, and at LACMA's 3D exhibit in Los Angeles.

CHECK THIS OUT:
King KukuleKey  - Denny Moynahan's "live cinema" Pixelvision immersion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YGe3gRWYig = Take ONE,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96Nsp3LSyzc = Take TWO

PXL THIS 28 premiered Sunday, Nov 25, 2018 at 7pm at Beyond Baroque, 681 N Venice Blvd, Venice CA 90291, 310-822-3006, 
Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/eve nts/1054491211371240/

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(THE EPFC program on May 23 will include some of the shorts listed here)
PXL THIS 28 PROGRAM - Laughtears.com 11-25-18 at Beyond Baroque

King KukuleKey - Denny Moynahan 
If It Wasn't Broken - Sunny War
A New Pronunciation - Bradley Bobbs
Infinite Regress - Michael Shields
Train Jumps Track - Joe Nucci
Circle Jerk - Eli Elliott
John - Ken Beauchene
la femme - L.M. Sabo
Purple Space Monkey - Donivan Fox 
PXL Vision 2000 Found Footage - Charles Cadkin
The Birth of Venus Alita Arose
Moments Are Faster Than Racecars - The Paulson Boys
MamaSita Mamafesta - Nicole Zwiren & Bruno Kohfield-Galeano
Broscript Rx - Balzac Huckabee
Pixelvision As Livestream - Brett Neese 
Altoid Mints - Isaac Pross
BroBoots - Gerry Fialka & Jay Paulson 
3:47  - Charlie Sands
Sister Side of the Song - Katy Kondrat 
BroSide Trailer - Gerry Fialka
ZOZOBRA- Burning of the Grumpy Old Man Mark Steven Shepherd
Birthday Party - Joseph Wegner
The Brethren Side of the Will - Gregor Sleleus
Dish of Love for One - Katy Kondrat 
Fuse Family - Mark Locklin
You Ski What You Look For - Gregor Sleleus
Mate Next Move - Ric Shore
Magpie Eye - Gerry Fialka
PXL 2000 - Vintage Movie 1989 - Woodstock NY - Scott Heron
(program subject to change)

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Highlights include:

Donivan Fox's Purple Space Monkey is proof that burners can make kick ass rock videos. The band Curly runs the gamut thru ska, reggae, metal, hardcore punk, surf with a sick guitar solo to boot da boomers. Shot at Burning Man in 2007. https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=dfreOcxwbzs Stills:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ donivan/sets/72157697024145180

L.M. Sabo's la femme is an experimental animation PXL video which explores the female form.   
Here's a still -  https://www.flickr.com/ photos/78931957@N04/ 45485531822

Charles Cadkin's PXL Vision 2000 Found Footage. He purchased a PXL-2000 camera in 2015 and refurbished it. A lone cassette tape was found inside with this material: "the story of my sister." Date and location unknown. charlescadkin@gmail. com

3:47 by Charlie Sands, who is pictured on Facebook https://www.facebook. com/events/1054491211371240/ w ith two Fisher Price PXL camcorders (photo by Gerry Fialka)

Isaac Pross's Altoid Mints probes the Fisher Price PXL 2000 camcorder as a subversive listening device decoding the Masonic hand signals that James Joyce revealed in Finnegans Wake. 

The Brethren Side of the Will - Gregor Sleleus https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Vso1cEAUYRs
Broscript Rx by Balzac Huckabee is a commentary on the new feature film The Brother Side of the Wake 

King KukuleKey  - Denny Moynahan's "live cinema" Pixelvision immersion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YGe3gRWYig = ONE,

Found Footage - Charles Cadkin

A New Pronunciation - Bradley Bobs

Pixelvision As Livestream - Brett Neese https://youtu.be/ o446dPCDU-M 

Maya Mama Manifeasta - Nicole Zwiren & Bruno Kohfield-Galeano

Moments - Jay Paulson

 BroBoots - Gerry Fialka & Jay Paulson


ZOZOBRA- Burning of the Grumpy Old Man Mark Steven Shepherd

Dish of Love for One - Katy Kondrat https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=ph4FID3lcGI

Sister Side of the Song - Katy Kondrat https://www.youtube. com/w atch?v=3W-nhstZkhs

Siren Side of the Sin - Alita Arose https://www.youtube.com/ wa tch?v=fa65YKUBuvo&t=7s

Shimmy - Wrasslin Poodles

Birthday Party - Joseph Wegner 

If It Wasn't Broken - Sunny War

Circle Jerk - Eli Elliott

John - Ken Beauchene

Magpie Eye - Gerry Fialka

Vintage Movie - Scott Heron https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=wGFsVwLOvoA

Infinite Regress - Michael Shields

The Birth of Venus Alita Arose

Mate Next Move - Ric Shore 

Train Jumps Track - Joe Nucci

Circle Jerk - Eli Elliott

Fuse Family by Mark Locklin is a short film probing the motives and consequences of 4 feature films:
The Brother Side of the Wake, The Mother Side of the Wake, The Sister Side of the Wake, and The Father Side of the Wake, evoking the aedificium (from The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco), which has 4 towers at 4 cardinal points. This fourness continues http:/ /laughtears.com/iwantmyRIA.htm l Fuse Family For Four (aka FF44) "I should prefer to de-fuse this gigantic human bomb by starting a dialogue on the side-lines to distract the trigger-men, or to needle the somnambulists." - Marshall McLuhan Letter to Ezra Pound, 22 June 1951.

(Program subject to change)

 
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PXL THIS Director Gerry Fialka - hires 300 dpi still with PXL Cam - http://www.laughtears.com/im ages/Gerry-360dpi.jpg  and Bio - http://www.laughtears.com/bi o.html
 
PXL THIS celebrates its 28th 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/im ages/Gerry-360dpi.jpg  and Bio - http://www.laughtears.com/bi o.html
 
PXL THIS 29 - Entry deadline Oct 22, 2019 - simply send a dvd (NON RETURNABLE, and we may accept a youtube or vimeo link or online file 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. PXL THIS 29 premieres Nov 29, 2019 at Beyond Baroque
 
Watch past PXL THIS festivals online -  http://willerokan.com/pxlth is.html
 
Patrick Gill - PXL camera repairman -   patrickg0799@yahoo.com Visit -  www.bentstruments.com and
 More PXL articles: https://www.fandor.c om/keyframe/pixelvision-when-t oy-cameras-grew-up