Spoon & Packet will be making their sophomore appearance at LA’s 2nd-longest running film festival, PXL THIS 21. This time around they find themselves hosting “The Best of Hel Centraal TV”, an awards show for the Year 472. Featuring clips from “The Adventures of Maluka and Pacos”, “Undercover Kachinas”, “Screaming Blackness”, “Walrus Corner”, and many more favorites. Watch at Spoon & Packet.com.
PXL THIS 21 - Mon, Dec 12 at 7 & 9pm - Free admission
3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90401, 310-315-0056
Next showing: May 17, 2012 at the Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles.
The Best of Hel Centraal TV. Running time: 9 minutes.
I am delighted to again be involved in what is now the 21st year of this festival. While individual PXL films can be satisfying to watch on their own, perhaps from a computer, something different occurs when you watch them back to back for hours in a theatre with others. The previous year I was struck by the effect PXL films can have in the festival format. The homogenous visual quality of the black and white medium allows each film to act like scenes within the larger dreamlike film of the evening. I hope that you can join us for a night of laughter, camaraderie, and community.
Thanks to Gerry Fialka, the organizer, for his dedication.
PXL THIS 21, the 21st annual toy camera film festival featuring Pixelvision films made with the Fisher-Price PXL-2000 camcorder, premieres MONDAY, Dec 12, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. PXL THIS, the second oldest film festival in LA, celebrates visionary moving image artists from 4-years-olds to professionals.
for immediate release
contact: Gerry Fialka 310-306-7330
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PXL THIS celebrates its 21st 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 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.
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
Letter from Councilman Bill Rosendahl to Gerry Fialka