PXL THIS sites: http://pxl2000.blogspot.com/ and http://sites.google.com/site/pxlthis/ and http://www.youtube.com/user/pxlthis
and past festivals at http://willerokan.com/pxlthis.html

PXL THIS 20, the 20th annual toy camera film festival, featuring Pixelvision films made with the Fisher-Price PXL-2000 camcorder, screens Oct 15, 2011 in San Francisco, 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 pfsuzy@aol.com 

PXL THIS 20, the 20th annual toy camera film festival,
screens Sat, Oct 15 at 8:30pm at Other Cinema, 992 Valencia St (& 21st), San Fran CA 94110, 415-648-0654, admission $6 http://www.othercinema.com/ 

PXL THIS celebrates its 20th year of creativity 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 This humble outdated “toy” continues to bring out the visionary child in filmmakers and viewers alike, and no one has kept the PXL flame burning longer or brighter than Gerry."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 
Hollywood Reporter called Pixelvision a "precursor of today's DV filmmaking."
"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

Cinesource PXL article by Gerry Fialka -  http://cinesourcemagazine.com/index.php?/site/comments/pxl_triple_fake/
PXL THIS Director Fialka - hires 300 dpi still with PXL Cam - https://www.laughtears.com/images/Gerry-360dpi.jpg
and Bio - https://www.laughtears.com/bio.html

PXL THIS 20 press:
Visit: http://pxl2000.blogspot.com/ and http://sites.google.com/site/pxlthis/ and https://www.laughtears.com/ and http://www.youtube.com/user/pxlthis and Past Festivals: http://willerokan.com/pxlthis.html

PXL THIS 20 highlights include:
Always a favorite at PXL THIS, L M Sabo's OIL KILLS takes you on a journey of America's love affair with Big Oil and the devastating consequences. Press ready stills:  http://members.cox.net/l.m.sabo/Oil-Kills-1.jpg & http://members.cox.net/l.m.sabo/Oil-Kills-2.jpg & http://members.cox.net/l.m.sabo/Oil-Kills-3.jpg & http://members.cox.net/l.m.sabo/Oil-Kills-4.jpg & http://members.cox.net/l.m.sabo/Oil-Kills-5.jpg

Nicole & Michael Possert's ARROYO SECO RIVER SONG, starring George Willis, is a moving tribute to the most important tributary to the Los Angels River. This historical corridor has been home to Native Americans, missionaries, rancheros, explorers, artists and dreamers who have sculpted this valley into LA's seminal region. The founding of the City of Los Angels is at the confluence of these two rivers.  Press images: http://www.flickr.com/photos/2007pxl/sets/72157625268199688/

Philip Marion's SPOON & PACKET conjures a miniature parable for a larger world. Press ready stills: www.eveningalbum.com/SpoonAndPacketPXLstills.jpg

It's a family affair with visionary PXL-Dad Geoff Seelinger contributing 2 titles (one co-made with his daughter):
BEACH DAY, LIGHT PLAY http://vimeo.com/17718439 - A dreams beach day is captured in high contrast, stuttered motion by the magic of a PXL2000. Abstractions are created through motion, reflections, hi-lights and shadow. The PXL images of beach activities to open up into an immense imaginary space. 4 year-old Gwyneth's AND THEY PLAYED & THEY PLAYED & THEY PLAYED http://vimeo.com/17694873 shares a stream of consciousness, that includes stories from the heart, songs about poop, ugly words and other joyous indiscretions.

PXL THIS superstar Eli Elliott's ROXY RUBICON EPISODE 5 alternatively energizes Menippean satire and time warps all systems from collapsing, just in time to save the future. His SUZY & BRAD'S PINCHBACK bellows Bessie Smith blues big time.  http://vimeo.com/19769816

Seminal cinema experimenter Bryan Konefsky's FERTILE GROUND CORPORATE SLUG suggests the nitty gritty influences of media visionary, Gene Youngblood  (author of the ground-breaking book Expanded Cinema) as described by investigative journalist Greg Palast. http://vimeo.com/17020232

Award winning filmmaker Terri Sarris contributes two: DEAD MAN'S CLOTHES (Sarris & Frank Pahl - Oh, the stories second-hand things might tell...) and GLITCH. http://vimeo.com/user3842874 Every decade sees one PXL that really captures the inherent uniqueness of Pixelvision. For example, James Benning's TABLETOP in the very first PXL THIS, and Lisa's Marr's RUGRAT in 2004. Sarris astutely utilizes PXL's innate characteristics in GLITCH.

Moving image artist extraordinaire David Sherman's PROJECTION/EJECTION shutters the ephemeral light in blinding the baseness of bodies in motion.

Squeezebox tickler Nick Newlin's TWICE AS NICE feels the love. Newlin interprets Thelonius on the accordion in MONK.
Robin Carter's intriguing PYTHAGORAS AS POET explores the birth of science, mathematics, and philosophy. When the Phoenician's brought their writing system to the Greeks, it started a revolution of mind. In the midst of this, Pythagoras emerged in 500BC as the first philosopher. Myth and magic were as much apart of his world as number and theory. Since time immemorial the archivist of cultural knowledge was the poet, and Pythagoras followed this tradition and divined the properties numbers and space from the gods. The alphabet changed the world forever, as it changed the minds of the ancient Greeks. As the alphabet anchored in culture after culture, the mind of humankind has been shaped in kind, but as digital technology usurped the power of reading, what does that mean for us?

TROG ALLEY is another installment of Will Erokan's epic pxloitation compendium, Las Trampas, Joe recalls a highly transformative visionary experience, involving black magic, brotherhood symbolism & crystal meth.
Venice Boardwalk performer Joe Nucci's SEE NOTE is the fourth episode in the captivating trilogy of hilarious limo driver recollections.

Mary Jane Shoultz's SPILTERACY probes the death of the visual, linear straight-jackets of books as a plus. Schoultz, education professor, founder of the "open" school movement and a close advisor to Marshall McLuhan, Norman Mailer & Ivan Illich, updates our consciousness with the electric environment as the major learning tool. "Our young people are not illiterate, they are post-literate. Today's students want immediate roles, not far-off goals." - McLuhan. The "S" is SPILTERACY should be a dollar sign $. "The trouble with a cheap specialized education is that you never stop paying for it." - McLuhan

Rex Butters' 7 DUDLEY conjures a montage of Sponto Gallery home movies filmed in words.
Gerry Fialka's PARALLEL WORLDER doubles the single unified theory as Martha Graham and WC Fields dig duality dancing in mysterious metaphors of Beefheartian time & Vorticist space.

PXL innovator Doug Ing provides  BEST LAVA VIEW RIGHT HERE (Ing, his father and friends explore the aftermath of a recent volcano eruption on the island of Hawaii from the balcony of a house amidst the lava field).

Pixelvision avatars Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo's GOOD GRIEF repurposes pop culture with pixelated wit

Clifford Novey's ROUNDS comprehensively circles illusive visual domains.

Elric Kane's SLOW DRAW appropriates bad action films evoking something more intimate than mere on-screen carnage via Pixelvision.

Former Second City Music Director and comedian Jonathan Menchin's HEY YOU IN THE FUTURE alerts wanna-bes not yet born.

Denny Moynahan's KING KUKULELE KOGNITION joins Denny's live self and PXL-self as they ruminate on his 46th birthdays' inner thoughts.


 PXL THIS 20 tour 2010-2011
 More info: 310-306-7330 https://www.laughtears.com/
1- GOOD GRIEF -  Lisa Marr & Paolo Davanzo, 2m
2- AND THEY PLAYED & THEY PLAYED & THEY PLAYED - Gwyneth & Geoff Seelinger, 5m
3- DEAD MAN'S CLOTHES - Terri Sarris & Frank Pahl, 3m 
5- BEACH DAY, LIGHT PLAY - Geoff Seelinger, 3m
6- OIL KILLS - L. M. Sabo, 2m
7- SEE NOTE - Joe Nucci, 6m 
9- SPILTERACY - Mary Jane Shoultz, 4m
10- TROG ALLEY - Will Erokan, 6m
11- MONK - Nick Newlin, 4m
12- SLOW DRAW - Elric Kane, 7m
13- HEY YOU IN THE FUTURE - Jonathan Menchin, 4m
14- PROJECTION/EJECTION - David Sherman - 3m
15- ROUNDS - Clifford Novey, 6m
16- PYTHAGORAS AS POET - Robin Carter, 5m
17- SPOON & PACKET - Philip Marion, 6m
18- ARROYO SECO RIVER SONG - Nicole & Michael Possert, 4m
19- GLITCH - Terri Sarris, 3m 
20- KING KUKULELE KOGNITION - Denny Moynahan, 4m
21- 7 DUDLEY - Rex Butters, 3m
22- ROXY RUBICON EPISODE 5 - Eli Elliott, 6m
24- PARALLEL WORLDER - Gerry Fialka, 10m

Toy Stories by David Cotner LA Weekly 5-12-11 - 1987 was a fairly dull year for culture. Hardcore's fire dwindled and modern art faded into the background amidst the rise of EuroDisney, Pat Robertson for President and the founding of Aum Shinrikyo. Occasionally there were high points: the KLF, Final Fantasy and the issue of the Fisher-Price PXL2000. Meant to be a child's first video camera, it used cassettes as its recording medium, producing grainy, security-cam-quality images. The PXL THIS Film Festival enters its 20th year of life, with festival founder Gerry Fialka and PXL2000 filmmakers appearing tonight to screen their films. Featured in the fest: Wickstead's Wonder, a film about PXL2000 inventor James Wickstead; Arroyo Seco River Song, a tribute to the L.A. River tributary; 4-year-old Anwyn Lees' remake of The Wizard of Oz on her front porch with her dad and mom; Baltimore dada/experimentalist tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE's film Philosopher's Union Member's Mouthpiece; and Fialka's own Parallel Worlder, a cross between the dance of Martha Graham and the satire of W.C. Fields. 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.


Blur + Sharpen If it Works, It's Obsolete by Holly Willis  12-11-10
Gerry Fialka is LA's tireless advocate for alternative media and DIY culture generally, and the creative potential of the PXL 2000, a cheap, plastic toy video camera made by Fisher-Price in the 1980s, in particular. The camera produces a glitchy, chunky black-and-white image that's, well, often quite beautiful. For 20 years, the Venice-based media proponent has been showcasing videos made with the PXL 2000 camera in the PXL This video festival, which returns with a celebratory 20th annual showcase this Monday night, December 13, with two shows (7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.) at the Unurban Coffeehouse at 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica. I took the anniversary as an opportunity to ask Gerry a few questions, starting with what makes the PXL 2000 camera interesting in a world where we now have so many video camera options.

"McLuhan said, 'If it works, it's obsolete,'" says Gerry. "The PXL is remarkable because it does not work." Gerry is referring here to the fact that the camera does not even attempt to mimic reality; it's not interested in clarity, resolution or fidelity. Instead, the camera produces a glimpse of the world, one that underscores visual manipulation and dismisses attempts at perfection. "Giving the viewer less information might mean more involvement by the viewer," Gerry suggests. "It enables the possibility of 'breakdown as breakthrough.'" Considering the array of camera options, Gerry adds, "There's lots of video cams on the market that have some similar features, but none with the unique gothic dreamy look - there are lots of cool words that have described its services and disservices!"
Shooting with the PXL 2000 is also fun. It's nicely shaped, lightweight, and now, nearly 30 years after its birth, boasts a sleek retro look that the little Flip video camera will never have. Oddly enough, the camera records onto sound cassettes, and the image itself is framed with a black matte, giving the resulting footage an elegant look in contrast with the chaos of the imagery itself. When you use a PXL Vision camera, you really have to negotiate with the camera; the process is about discovery rather than capture. "We are really about McLuhan's adage, 'We shape our tools, then they shape us,'" adds Gerry. "That's the meta-cognition here." He goes on to suggest that often artists try to rekindle the visionary delight of children, and using a toy contributes to that sense of creativity and rule-breaking.
Gerry notes that technically he does not "curate" the festival. "I show every entry," he explains. "We welcome kids and homeless people and rich art kids and so on. We celebrate a tool, and we leave it to the audience and press to make aesthetic judgments." He adds that audience reactions definitely shift each year. "'Anything that's popular is a rear-view image,'" Gerry adds, again quoting Marshall McLuhan. "We are not a popular festival." That said, the show is an annual highlight for those seeking offbeat imagery and storytelling, and creativity that emerges in dialogue with imperfect and magical toy tools. More info: 310-306-7330. [Images taken from a PXL 2000 user's manual, available here.] (scroll down for the complete answers from Fialka for Holly's questions)

Toy-Camcorder Fest Focuses on Wild Imaginations by Hank Rosenfeld 12-14-10 Patch.com

http://patch.com/A-c7VP  and http://santamonica.patch.com/articles/toy-camcorder-fest-focuses-on-wild-imaginations

PXL This 20, held at the Unurban coffee house, raised a junked toy to artistic heights, howls and hilarity on Monday night.
This was not your father's film festival. More like your funny uncle's.
PXL This 20–the 20th installment of the annual fest curated and hosted by Gerry Fialka–featured nearly four dozen very short films at Unurban on Monday night. They were all shot with the same kind of camera: the PXL 2000, a toy camcorder that was created by Fisher-Price and then discontinued two years later. 
The market couldn't handle it back in 1987-89, but thanks to thrift stores, Web sites and family members, the camera–which sells for $40 to $60–is more popular than ever. Today, some experimental directors who dig the camera's funky, low-tech imagery have turned what was a failed toy into a cheapo art tool.
"The toy is much too important to be left [only] to children," Fialka said playfully Monday night–even though the fest included many films made by kids.
The first section of the festival featured pieces shot by children under 10 years old. "And They Played & They Played & They Played" was Gwyneth Seelinger's imaginative, sharply edited tour of her hobbies, while her older brother Donovan's "Shringly: Sci-ence" featured him explaining wormholes and time-travel.
"California Studios," a three-minute documentary, had Chester Burnett employing stuffed animals to give the history of a lost part of Hollywood history. Also featured during this segment: an eight-minute version of "The Wizard of Oz," where Anywn Lees' parents played all the parts, and the 4-year-old narrated and handled lensing chores.
"It's how we put our ideas down," 7-year-old Donovan Seelinger told the audience when asked why he used a PXL cam to explain his ideas about neutrons and space.
Can you say "inspired"?
Many of the PXL films have the grainy quality of Ingmar Bergman black-and-white starkness, or a ghostly bank-security cam.
"Marshall McLuhan said TV is tactile," Fialka explained. " 'Tactile' is exactly the chunky look the PXL 2000 illustrates. You can practically touch the roundness of the dots–all 2,000 of them."
A typical TV screen contains about 200,000 dots of light, or pixels.
"This is a magic toy," Fialka continued. "It's a utensil for creativity that reeks of humanity while Hollywood seems to believe only in spectacle."
PXL This 20 highlights included L M Sabo's "Oil Kills," Clifford Novey's "Rounds," Philip Marion's "Spoon & Packet" and Jonathan Menchin's "Hey You in the Future." Also featured were short musical delights by Brad Kay, Suzy Williams and Denny "King Kukulele" Moynahan; and the "Arroyo Seco River Song" by Nicole and Michael Possert.
Next year, the best of the fest, which included films from across the country and Europe, will play other venues, among them the Echo Park Film Center on May 19. Meanwhile, the entry deadline for PXL This 21 is Oct. 22; submissions can be sent in DVD form to Fialka (310-306-7330, pfsuzy@aol.com) at 2427 1/2 Glyndon Ave., Venice, CA 90291.
Fialka's own entry, "Parallel Worlder," was a culture-jamming mix of Georges Méliès' 1902 film "A Trip to the Moon" and local imagery. His philosophy behind the festival and his other entertainments?
"Think," he said, quoting musician George Clinton. "It ain't illegal yet." https://www.laughtears.com/


Introducing Gerry Fialka's PXL THIS 20 Film Festival by Joseph Mael 11-30-10
"Curator Gerry Fialka puts together events of films both experimental and socially conscious." - LA City Beat
Maybe certain happenings are meant to be kept discreet but then again there is always that “A-HA!” moment when circumstances lend to the belief that a certain happening is going to blow up. For the PXL THIS Film Festival, it hasn't happened yet. Or maybe it has. Creator of L.A.'s 2nd longest running film festival, Gerry Fialka, brings PXL THIS 20 to life to continue the underground legacy of the revolutionary PXL 2000 video camcorder on December 13th, 2010 at Unurban Cafe in Santa Monica. Produced by Fisher Price (there were 400,000 units released for sale from 1987 to 1989), this “toy” renders a unique video image and now has a legendary history that has firmly left a fingerprint on the history of film-making. The camera produces an image from 2,000 “dots” that is in contrast with modern film technology, particularly when held up to the 150,000+ dots on today's televison, the PXL 2000 elicits a unique image directors enjoy incorporating with heavy duty film machinery.
I had the opportunity to ask Gerry about this year's PXL THIS this week and here's how he answered a couple questions I found relevant:
Q: Can I get a quick reflection by you on PXL THIS 20?  What does it mean to you? 
A:  What the PXL THIS Film Festival means to me is deconstructing moving image art-making and the whole idea of a film festival. We gather the community to share in the creative process, bare bones style. Both in making and in watching, PXL THIS encourages participation, the same way that the PXL image offers little and requires the viewers to heighten their awareness and fill in the blanks. The gap is where the action is - the resonating interval. In Marcel Duchampian spirit, how do you make a film festival that is not a film festival? T S Eliot said that poetry is outing your inner dialogue. What form is your inner dialogue in? Maybe its that dreamy illusive Pixelvision image for some. An extension of consciousness? The next medium ? The Non-physical? The possibility of a world without words? Low definition can mean high participation. PXL THIS means to me connectedness not consumerism, hoicking up an ecstatic new state of tribal immediacy and involvement, simultaneity, all-at-onceness. The Balinese have no word for art, they do everything as well as they can. I salute all Pixelators and PXL THIS audience members who for two decades have mustered up multi-dimensions and multi-sensuousness. 
Q:  Is PXL THIS the largest publicly accessible pixelvision collection in the world? 
A:  YES, our archives are stored at The Academy, which is truly a major hoot. The cheeziest genuine fake film festival in the world is treated by the most important Film Archives in the world with respect. They feel that its worth storing and preserving. It reflects what humans can do. As McLuhan said, we shape our tools then they shape us
Pixelvision History
Fialka, self-described as a para-media ecologist based in Venice, CA, is the visionary behind the PXL 2000 fetish. To say he has a way with words is an understatement. He describes the festival by stating, “PXL THIS features 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 re-framing 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.”  When he describes how the outside world has described PXL THIS he proudly states, "We really love that the “New York Times” called PXL THIS “small” and that lots of our best entries come from Venice California’s Boardwalk performers (as in “houseless” — not homeless because the earth is everyone’s home)."
Pixelvision's history as a tool of choice by experimental filmmakers took off after a grant by the Rockefeller Foundation was awarded to Sadie Benning for her work with the PXL 2000 in 1993. PXL 2000 footage was used in the films Slacker (1991) and Hamlet (2000). Over time, from its brief period on the shelves as a toy for for children to current day, the PXL 2000 format has resurfaced from a failed technology to a prized cult object that even became a thesis topic for some students (McCarty, 2005).
“There is something about the quality of the image that is really dreamlike and it has a feeling of being in the past already even though you just shot it. It is not quite reality or not quite representational of what's really happening at that moment, so it already has this distancing effect of feeling like it's already in the past somehow. “ – Sadie Benning, Award-winning Pixelvision artist
Most of the videos included in the PXL THIS 20 film festival are between 3 and 6 minutes in length though some of the gems in past PXL THIS festivals extended over ten minutes in duration. The festival's following is quite dedicated but it somehow keeps a low profile. If you missed the October submission deadline, don't fret, this film festival has a cult-like following and Fialka receives a growing number of entries each passing year. If you have old PXL 2000 films laying around, your entry into the next PXL THIS is always welcome.  Fialka says, "Pixelators return to innocence by using, and even misusing, moving image art to view worlds that usually go unnoticed, evoking children's spirited desire to explore."
Low brow, or high brow? You decide, but as J. Hoberman of Premier Magazine said, “PXL is the ultimate people's video.”
Gerry Fialka believe's PXL THIS is best described by his hero, George Manupelli, founder of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, who said, “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.” Yep, that's a tough thought to top.  
The Show Details
The PXL THIS 20 film festival screens December 13th at the (underrated) Unurban Cafe in Santa Monica (3301 Pico Blvd.), and admission is FREE.
The 6PM pre-show features a sneak preview of Wickstead's Wonder - an interview with James Wickstead, the inventor of the Fisher Price PXL 2000 camcorder!  In October, PXL THIS 19 was held in San Francisco, and Wickstead introduced the first (and possibly only) PXL 2000 color camcorder.  No word on if this will be part of the L.A. festivities, but perhaps there is a chance.
"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 

more PXL THIS 20 press:
PXL PERFECT? by Gerry Fialka - Answers to four Holly Willis questions for
her blog http://www.kcet.org/socal/voices/blur-sharpen/
HW-1• there's been a tremendous proliferation of inexpensive video cameras in the last few years, including the Flip: what makes the PXL 2000 camera remain remarkable? Can people still find these cameras? And is there any similar camera currently on the market?
GF- McLuhan said, "if its works, it obsolete." PXL is remarkable because it does not work. It depends on what you mean by remarkable, one audience member said that with all the great new digital effects/equipment seems as though you could "fix" the picture...duchamp said that poorer tools require better skills...without even making a value judgement, i'd say that one can make moving image art BOTH with expensive or non expensive tools.. we are really about mcluhan's "we shape our tools, then they shape us," that's the meta-cognition hEAR.
***remarkable that PXL is a failed toy yet continued to be used as a creative tool (or as the la weekly said one year - a tool for creativity AND adolescent regression, whatta want from a kids toy? amy taubin said just pickin one up is breakin the rules, aren't artist tryin to evoke children's innocence, it continues to delight the visionary child in pixelators, so why not just start out with a kids toy, the balinese have no word for art, they do everything as well as they can...like the joke: kid comes of age when he realizes his dad goes to work, kid- dad what is your job? art teaching dad-i teach people how to draw, kid- you mean they forgot?).
***it's remarkable because giving the viewer less info might mean more involvement by the viewer (user as content) or simply have folks react with "this sucks"...so it enables the possibility of "breakdown as break-through"...
"Anything that's popular is a rear-view image" -McLuhan. We are not a popular festival.
YES, you can still get one of the 400,000 that were made - on ebay, or thrift shops or garage sales, etc
There's lots of vid cams on the market that have some similar  features, but none with the unique gothic dreamy (lots of cool words that have described its services and disservices) look and this amazin analog to digital bkgrnd and history

HW- 2• have there been any noticeable aesthetic shifts in the videos you've programmed for this year's festival as opposed to festivals in the past?
GF- i don't really program, i show every entry, we celebrate a tool, we leave it to the audience and press to make aesthetic judgements, opinions..havin studied and developed my own personal aesthetics, yes there are shifts every year and the same ol'thing, but a rare gem comes thru, not worth stopping.
but every year the audience reactions change...defining what you and me mean by aesthetic shifts and what the normal person on the street is different.. we welcome kids and homeless people and rich art kids and so on..
********MOST IMPORTANT= SEEING AND ATTENDING our festival LIVE is really what its ALL ABOUT.. the highly desired communal experience that expands cinema by combining performance art, poetry (thats what pxl really is poetry, outting your inner dialogue, your inner consciousness, poerty/pxl can communicate before its understood, both of these are applied "t s elliot"), music, dance with film has been featured for years at PXL THIS and a critic cannot experience it fully by seeing a video document of it in their lonely teenage room on a TV set (referring to King Kukulele's 10 years of combing his filmic self with his PXL-self). Then again, evoking Zappa, we are satirizing the tribe, rugged individualism and perpetutaing the myth.

HW- 3• as video becomes more and more an everyday vernacular, what makes a video festival-worthy, in your opinion?
GF- any and every gathering of people to discuss the effects of our inventions is worthy, even if its nano-community, we are fine with being called a "small " festival in the NY TIMES, and, at the same time, thriving for 20 years, and being shown in New Zealand, UK and across North America & US with fiery discussions always included. In pizza parlors and art museums.
***worthy to study the hidden effects of hybridizing a light through medium (TV, video) and a light on medium (film, stain glass) (seeing it in the movie theater setting, with a video projector)..
***worthy for festivals like PXL THIS to hoick up satire to uncover the hidden environments of moving image art...we are a genuine fake film festival - havin no entry fee, no budget, no nothing...(sometimes staring at a blank screen, which is what has happened at past PXL THIS festivals, that's the McLuhan "Media Fast," that media ecology, that's sustainability.)
***a video festival enables people to be antenae of the race, thats what ezra pound called artists -  "the antennae of the race" broadcasting the hidden effects of what we invent, so we can learn how to COPE with these effects. As James Joyce said to all us finnegans "WAKE," "wake up and learn and unlearn what video festivals, tv, pixelvision all do to you." Needle the somnabulist to cord-cut the cloud?

HW- 4 • if you had to single out one or two of the most significant cultural shifts related to video in our culture, what would they be?
GF-  "Culture is our business" - McLuhan.
The opportunity to actually read, study and discuss McLuhan, Joyce & Robert Dobbs via free events like http://www.venicewake.org/ and http://www.venicewake.org/Events/current.html Delving deep into McLuhan's translation of FINNEGANS WAKE by james joyce (he invented facebook and disguised it as a book). Dobbs' translation of them both transforms and reinvents percept plunder for the recent future. Video screenings are available in public meetings and online to uncover the hidden effects of video, and why we ignore he hidden effects.
"The next medium - whatever it is - may be an extension of consciousness. It will include television as its content, not as its environment and will transform television into an art form." - McLuhan.

PXL 2000 Inventor- James Wickstead (of JWDA) jwda@wicksteaddesign.com,
Article on Wickstead-
Cedar Knolls N.J. inventor applying experience to new technology by Sally Silverman 11-2-10 The Daily Record HANOVER — James Wickstead is founder of James Wickstead Design Associates in Cedar Knolls, a company that specializes in product development for the medical, telecom, commercial and consumer markets. Founded in 1968, JWDA has generated more than 40 patents and product licenses on behalf of clients including AT&T, C.R. Bard, Becton Dickenson, Fisher Price, Parker Brothers, Siemans and many more. Most sought after products: "Anything new in technology like applications for software, global positioning systems and wireless applied to all products," Wickstead said. His best inventions: The Black & Decker vegetable steamer; a patient-controlled analgesia device; a device to measure the chemistry of animals by analyzing their blood called the Vettest; and the PXL-2000 camcorder for Fisher-Price. Worst invention: A device that uses high-energy plasma to cure arthritis. "We are asked to implement somebody else's idea. Whether it sells, is something else," Wickstead said. Inventor's traits: "Everybody is an inventor, but you need a massive amount of curiosity and look at things as to how they can be made better," Wickstead said. Beginnings: Wickstead was born in Pompton Plains in 1941 and grew up there. After high school, he attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he received a degree in industrial design. "While in high school, I didn't know this type of work existed," Wickstead said. "I was interested in building cars, but an uncle of mine who was a landscape architect suggested industrial design. Before that, I was considering mechanical engineering," he said. Career path: After working for several small companies in New York and Philadelphia, Wickstead was drafted to serve in the U.S. military in Vietnam. He was stationed at the Aberdeen (Md.) Proving Ground as a scientist for two years, where he worked on armor and battle tanks. "It was the think tank for the Army — they would give us a problem and want a solution in 30 days," he said. Following military service, Wickstead founded his company, fist in Maryland then in Glen Rock. "There were lots of design firms, but they couldn't make products or get them into the marketplace," Wickstead said. Back to Jersey: "I camped all over the United States to determine the best place to locate my company and came here in 1979," he said. At home: Wickstead lives in Mendham with his wife, Jean. He enjoys fly fishing, hiking and, as a car enthusiast, he still does all the mechanical work on his two "old" Ferraris.
Program Notes for San Francisco Cinematheque's AN INVENTION WITHOUT A FUTURE -
PIXELVISION: ELECTRONIC FOLK ART. (comprehensive history of PXL THIS and Pixelvision)

Andrea Nina McCarthy's 2005 MIT thesis "Toying With Obsolescence: Pixelvision Filmmakers & The Fisher Price PXL 2000 Camera" is essential reading.http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:pwHJLt5QPRkJ:cms.mit.edu/research/theses/AndreaMcCarty2005.pdf+pxl+2000+mit&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Pixelvision enables filmmakers to tap into that child-like innocence all artists seek in the creative process. What could be easier than starting with a kids toy. John Lane's 2001 book Timeless Simplicity articulates wabi-sabi, "the perfect antidote to the pervasively slick style of homogenized efficency." Pixelvisionaries evoke the spirit of Wabi-sabi: "This elusive philosphy is about sufficiency and restraint. It is about simplicity, the minor and hidden, the modest and humble, the imperfect and the evanescent. It is about treading lightly on the planet. An added dimension is its implicit message urging us to forget the seductions of success - wealth, status, power and luxury."
"As for the PXL 2000 camera, because it’s a child’s toy there’s a certain naiveté which is inherent in the productions. Yet due to its technology, the PXL 2000 camera produces these edgy, gritty, “rough as a night in jail” images. I find the juxtaposition of these two attributes very interesting and useful in many of the politically oriented pieces I’ve produced.   From a technical perspective, I would say my primary contribution to the field is that I created a filmmaking style using the PXL 2000 which I call Machinima Vérité. Machinima Vérité combines Machinima (creating movies from 3D PC game engines) with Cinéma Vérité techniques to create a sense of realism. So basically I produce and render the movie from a game engine on a PC, display the video on a high resolution LCD, and recapture the video on the LCD using a PXL 2000 camera. My videos “CATACLYSM” and “bursting in air” are a couple of examples of this technique.   I really appreciate all of the effort Gerry Fialka puts in with the PXL THIS festival. If it weren’t for Gerry, interest in the PXL 2000 would have died out many years ago." - L. M. Sabo

"Gerry Fialka's monthly film series 7 Dudley Cinema provides and oft nourishes the most avant/eclectic/experimental/kook/philosophical and damn downright entertaining filmmaking this side of Andre Breton and the Exquisite Corpse Crew. His programming is the only reason I will go west of Western Avenue, unless I'm neck deep in the Pacific Ocean. - Filmmaker/Actor Emmy (The Volcano) Collins

"Gerry Fialka is Los Angeles' preeminent underground film curator." - Robin Menken, cinemawithoutborders.com

PXL THIS 21 - Entry deadline Oct 22, 2011 - simply send a dvd to Gerry Fialka 2427 1/2 Glyndon Ave, Venice, CA 90291, 310-306-7330, pfsuzy@aol.com NO entry fee.

PXL THIS Director Gerry Fialka is available for Pixelvision & Media Ecology workshops. https://www.laughtears.com/workshops.html  "Fialka's workshops are in depth communication of something extremely elusive - the history of the unimaginable - and his lively interpretation renders it useful." - William Farley, Award-winning filmmaker

michaelkoshkin@gmail.com is making a documentary about Pixelvision.

Best Of PXL THIS (13-19) screened at Dallas Video Festival Sept 25, 2010 at 6pm http://www.videofest.org/
PXL THIS 20 complete 2010 premeire show:
1- THE WIZARD OF OZ  - Anwyn Lees, 8 minutes*
2- CALIFORNIA STUDIOS - Chester Burnett, 3m*
3- AND THEY PLAYED & THEY PLAYED & THEY PLAYED - Gwyneth & Geoff Seelinger, 5m
4- BEACH DAY, LIGHT PLAY- Geoff Seelinger, 3m
5- SHRINGLY: SCI-ENCE - Donovan & Geoff Seelinger, 5m
6- 7 DUDLEY - Rex Butters, 3m*
7- TWICE AS NICE - Nick Newlin, 4m*
8- FOG ON GLASS - Arthur Coleman, 2m*
9- OIL KILLS - L. M. Sabo, 2m
10- PROJECTION/EJECTION - David Sherman - 3m
11- PYTHAGORAS AS POET - Robin Carter, 5m
12- SUZY & BRAD'S PINCHBACK - Eli Elliott, 4m
13- DEAD MAN'S CLOTHES - Terri Sarris & Frank Pahl, 3m
14- SPARKLE - Terri Sarris, 3m*
15- GLITCH - Terri Sarris, 3m
16- SPOON & PACKET - Philip Marion, 12m
17- SEE NOTE - Joe Nucci, 6m 
18- PSALM 4 "3" + ME - Giuseppe Nuccini, 1m*
20- IT'S A LEMONHEAD - Mariko Drew, 3m*
21- DOLBY - Jesse Drew, 3m*
22- KING KUKULELE KOGNITION - Denny Moynahan, 4m
23- ARROYO SECO RIVER SONG - Nicole & Michael Possert, 4m
24- ROUNDS - Clifford Novey, 6m
26- DRAWBRIDGE - Paul Yates, 3m*
27- SLOW DRAW - Elric Kane, 7m
28- THE MADGICIAN - Michael Vile, 3m*
29- VENICE LULLABY - Stormin' Norman Zamcheck & Suzy Williams, 3m*
30- COWBOY PUSSY - Maureen Cotter, 4m*
31- PARALLEL WORLDER - Gerry Fialka, 10m*
32- HEY YOU IN THE FUTURE - Jonathan Menchin, 4m
33- GOOD GRIEF -  Lisa Marr & Paolo Davanzo, 2m
34- DEATH - Doug Ing, 5m*
35- TROG ALLEY - Will Erokan, 6m
36- ROXY RUBICON EPISODE 5 - Eli Elliott, 6m
38- SHEEP - Sunny War, 4m*
39- SPILTERACY - Mary Jane Shoultz, 4m
40- MONK - Nick Newlin, 4m
41- SEX, DEATH & PIXELVISION - Robert Dobbs, 4m*
42- BIRD - Jason Danti, 4m*
43- MARIGOLD SERENADE - Arthur Coleman, 3m*
47- TETRAHEDRALLY - Paul Bacca, 5m*
 (*means this short will be shown on tour if time permits)


Looking back at Toy Camera Film Festival by Robin Menken 5-30-11
PXL THIS 20 (The 20th Annual Toy Camera Film Festival) featuring Pixelvision films made with the Fisher-Price PXL-2000 camcorder, were screened on  May 19, 2011 (8:00 PM) at the Echo Park Film Center. PXL THIS 20  is one of LA'S  oldest continuous film festivals.

The PXL-2000 is a plastic toy video camera made by Fisher-Price in the 1980’s.  With its focus aspherical lens and lower frame rate, it produces low-resolution pixelated black and white images reminiscent of the super 8 images favored by avant garde artists in the 70's. The  PXL-2000 came into its own in the avant garde scene in the early 90's, after a grant by the Rockefeller Foundation was awarded to Sadie Benning for her early lesbian-identified Pixelvision videos shot on the PXL 2000. Sadie's father, the avant garde filmmaker James Benning, gave her the toy camera with which she became identified.

The PXL-2000 has a history of use in overground films and music videos (Sonic Youth).  Richard Linklater shot the performance art sequence in "Slacker" on the camera. Michael Almereyda used running POV scenes in his post modern Vampire movie "Nadja", shot a featurette "Another Girl Another Planet," his 1993 short "Aliens" on the unit. Ethan Hawke (Hamlet) shot a video diary on PXL as seen in Almereyda’s urban contempo "Hamlet."

The event was presented by Gerry Fialka, Los Angeles' preeminent underground film curator. Fialka's famed DOCUMENTAL series (Unurban) and 7 DUDLEY CINEMA series, with their intimate salon ambiance, have presented an ambitious mix of current and historical avant garde classics and oddities, enriching the cinematic dialogue in LA for several decades. He organized interactive workshops for the Ann Arbor Film Festival,  UCLA , MIT and many more. One of the last channels of inspired McLuhanesque convergence and synthesis, Fialka continues to embody the omniverous, questing curiosity and joyous subversiveness of the 60's cultural renaissance.

Fialka launched the renowned Marshall McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club at the Venice Public Library 1995. Fialka, who worked for Filmex in it's glory years, was Frank Zappa's archivist. Fialka has interviewed many of LA's over and underground artists in his itinerant  one-on-one interview series MESS (Media Ecology Soul Sessions).

The very democratic PXL celebrates creativity from kids and moving image professionals, all discovering ways to exploit the camera's intense black and white (often artifact ridden) images. As Fialka explains, the uncurated fest celebrates "cinema povera" moving image art, evoking Marcel Duchamp's axiom "Poor tools require better skills."     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.

GOOD GRIEF -  Lisa Marr & Paolo Davanzo, 2m
(Charlie Brown redux.)

SPILTERACY - Mary Jane Shoultz, 4m  (Ruminations of split between media and literacy, left and right brain, soul and mind.)

SPOON & PACKET - Philip Marion, 12m ( A faux TV pilot produced by a spoon and a sugar packet with attitude.)

AND THEY PLAYED & THEY PLAYED & THEY PLAYED - Gwyneth & Geoff Seelinger, 5m ( Father Seelinger and his four-year old daughter look at the joy of doll play.)

TROG ALLEY - Will Erokan, 6m (A hallucinatory tale.)

ARROYO SECO RIVER SONG - Nicole & Michael Possert, 4m
(The history of the Arroyo Seco in song. Starring George Willis.)

DEAD MAN'S CLOTHES - Terri Sarris & Frank Pahl, 3m
(A thrift shop find inspires a Noir in song.)

MONK - Nick Newlin, 4m (Accordian stylings of a tune by Thelonious Monk.)

GLITCH - Terri Sarris, 3m (A moody pixilated abstraction.)

(A swnging duet between legendary local barrelhouse singer Wiliams and musicologist piano virtuoso Brad Kaye;)

SLOW DRAW Elric Kane, 7m (A beautiful ethereal reverie. My favorite!)

(A conversation between rear projected KIng Kukule and his "live" companion, as he performs a musical stand up in a post modern deconstructed ventriloquism act. )

BEACH DAY, LIGHT PLAY- Geoff Seelinger, 3m (An ecstatic pixilated beach day, graphically and emotionally satisfying.)

HEY YOU IN THE FUTURE - Jonathan Menchin, 4m
(A hipster singer/accordian player tells it like it was)

7 DUDLEY - Rex Butters, 3m* (A poem summons the famed boho gathering place which closed in 2008. "There was no stage at Sponto's, only performers all...poetry both golden and tin...confusing congregation of chords, dark dada...hyper inspired multi levelled conversation.. the voice of the community..shakees off greed's grip on Venice if only for a night.. a temporary autonomous zone...holy ground...lucky for us who were there.")

OIL KILLS - L. M. Sabo, 2m  (A great political protest piece.)

PROJECTION/EJECTION - David Sherman - 3m
(A graphically interesting first person recount of a SF boho event.)
ROXY RUBICON EPISODE 5 - Eli Elliott, 6m
(In this Pop satire, Roxy discovers a time traveling energy vortex inside a dollar store and begins her journey back to the year 2050)

SEE NOTE - Joe Nucci, 6m (The 4th episode in Nucci's trilogy/musician,  limo-driver Nucci recounts jobs chauffeuring Kim Basinger, Smokey Robinson and James Ellroy.

ROUNDS - Clifford Novey, 6m (Beautiful geometric visual imagery)

BEST LAVA VIEW RIGHT HERE - Doug Ing, 4m (A visit to the lava flow field.)

FERTILE GROUND CORPORATE SLUG - Bryan Konefsky, 4m (Features Investigative reporter Greg Palast and media scholar Gene Youngblood, author of the landmark book on experimental cinema,"Expanded Cinema)

PYTHAGORAS AS POET - Robin Carter, 5m
(Carter mourns the loss of direct experience. "The poet was the archive of the tribe", then came the alphabet and "The body and soul of the collective mind collapsed to abstract phonetic symbols for the single eye."

PARALLEL WORLDER - Gerry Fialka, 10m
("there s one of a kind blues and that occurs between male and female, high and low...I'm talking about the blues now, ain’t talking about monkey junk.. that means two people supposed to be in love, when one or the other deceives the other through their love" (Son House) Found images and found sound mash up to illustrate the trials of jealousy and sexual deceit.)

For information about Fialka's ongoing events, visit https://www.laughtears.com/


Please join me for four (and maybe more) events in SF on Oct. Details follow. Please spread the word.

1***Oct 13 THURS- Captain Beefheart-Bunuel Celebration - 8pm (730 pm pot-luck), free admission at New Nothing, 16 Sherman St (off Folsom between 6th & 7th), San Fran CA 94103, phone 310-306-7330. (Participants needed)

2***Oct 14 FRIDAY - BISHOP JOEY interview and rare films - 8:30pm, $10 at Oddball Film & Video http://www.oddballfilm.com/ 275 Capp St, San Fran CA 94110, 415-558-8112, rsvp info@oddballfilm.com 

3***Oct 15 PXL THIS 20 Toy Camera Film Festival at Other Cinema, details follow

4***Oct 16 SUNDAY at 2pm, free - DAVID MELTZER interview at Bird & Beckett Books & Records
 http://www.bird-beckett.com/ 653 Chenery St. SF, CA 94131 415-586-3733

thanks, gerry fialka
pfsuzy@aol.com 310-306-7330, https://www.laughtears.com/


4- David Meltzer is an American poet and musician of the Beat Generation and San Francisco Renaissance. Lawrence Ferlinghetti has described him as "one of the greats of post-World-War-Two San Francisco poets and musicians. "[Meltzer's Beat Thing is his epic poem on the Beat generation. It was called by Jack Hirschman: "Meltzer's most important lyri-political work to date...written by a poet who, in terms of the rhythms and verbal inventiveness and the naming of figures of popular culture, is without equal anywhere."


2- for immediate release contact: Gerry Fialka 310-306-7330 PFSuzy@aol.com
ODDBALL FILM & VIDEO is proud to host MESS (Media Ecology Soul Salon) with BISHOP JOEY (aka ED HOLMES) interview by Gerry Fialka - Friday Oct 14 at 8:30pm, $10 - The public is invited to this engaging interview at 9pm, and rare film clips at 830pm. MESS is modern thinkers addressing the metaphysics of their callings and the nitty-gritty of their crafts. http://www.oddballfilm.com/ 275 Capp St, San Fran CA 94110, 415-558-8112, rsvp info@oddballfilm.com  BISHOP JOEY (aka ED HOLMES) the outrageous Director/Actor/Teacher, has been performing and teaching in the bay area for the past 38 years. Delve deep in comedy, political activism, the history of the Fool, street theater and fun. Ed has performed with the Berkeley Mime Troupe (yes, that kind of mime), Fratelli Bologna, Antenna Theater, SF Opera, Oakland Symphony and Young Audiences. He has taught at ACT, CSUH, Mills College, and given numerous workshops to students of all ages as well as to animators at Sony, Dreamworks and PDI. Ed has performed his one man show SUBHUMAN-True Tales from Beneath the Sea at bars and VFW halls throughout California. As Bishop Joey, he has instigated the annual St.Stupid's Day Parade every April First since 1979. Ed has been a performing/directing member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe (no, not that kind of mime) since 1986. "The San Francisco Mime Troupe is the conscience of the city, out proudest export, and -as it celebrates its 50th year- perhaps our most enduring sociopolitical institution" - SF Bay Guardian. "You're never only watching a political theater piece, but rather a double barreled re-invention of politics and theater at once." -Boston Globe. "Ed Holmes is a local treasure" Rob Hurwitt, SF Chronicle. For image- info-pondip@earthlink.net, More info- https://www.laughtears.com/mess.html


BUNUEL & BEEFHEART: B&B SOFTWARE - Music-Film-Poetry Fusioneer Gerry Fialka's last sigh is "I've gotta beef in my heart." Imagine the meta-mystery when the where's and how's of these two Dadas, Luis Bunuel and Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) meet in this vibrANT interactive workshop with live recitations from Beefheart's lyrics and Bunuel's nonpareil autobiography My Last Sigh, and ultra-rare film clips. Study the evolution of environments shaped by their technologies (film, music, books, paintings) and the hidden effects. With special guests.