Birth of Venice and early years
Actors, Filmmakers and Writers in
Actors, Filmmakers, Writers etc. hung out
Most exciting art movements have been reactions against
technical sophistication. Many have gone 'backwards' to find honesty and
truth, the essence of things.
The Venice Centennial was not the only important anniversary of 2005. November marks the 15th birthday of PXL THIS, a film festival at Sponto Gallery (7 Dudley Cinema). Entries are electronic folk art made with Fisher Prices PXL-2000 video camera, a.k.a. the failed kids toy.
Promoter Gerry Fialka, says, The festival operates on NO budget, yet tours to San Fran, New York, Boston's MIT and more. Even the Academy Film Archive stores the films in their vault .. Craig Baldwin speaks of the user-friendly energy of real first-person cinema, and J. Hoberman says, "PXL is the ultimate people's video." Steve Polta adds, "Contrary to the popular belief that filmmaking must be collaborative, the solo vision is dominant and documented here."
The irresistible irony of the PXL 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.
Complete list and description of this years multitude of entries can be found here (please come back to Virtual Venice.)
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