A festival of bare-bones short films shot with the obsolete PXL 2000 toy camera with the purpose of putting filmmaking in the hands of the people, is planned in Venice.
“PXL This 15” will have screenings of two different collections of short films submitted by PXL enthusiasts across the country at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, November 19th, at Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice. Admission is free.
The no-budget festival prides itself on no-budget films with the intent of “democratizing filmmaking,” or making filmmaking accessible to anyone, according to festival founder and PXL enthusiast Gerry Fialka.
The PXL 2000 camera was a failed toy camera made by Fisher-Price from 1987 to 1989 that sold for about $100 and would record grainy black and white footage onto blank audio cassettes. Viewers of this year’s festival can expect to see filmed poetry, documentary, drama, art, music, political activism, “cinema povera,” comedy, avant-garde and personal essay.
This year’s slate of films includes Terrence Handscomb’s laugh at American militarism and Abu Ghraib prison torture issues; poet Rich Ferguson’s “rantchants”; “Gurudev,” Bart Ezra Plaskoff’s piece about humility, love, materialism, the human condition; and his realization about a homeless man; “Tortured by Sidewalks,” Jason Britski’s look at the striking landscape of Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia; “I’m in the Mood,” Bryan Konefsky’s portrait of a legendary Ann Arbor street performer Shaky Jake serenading pedestrians; Geoff Seelinger’s tragicomic “Secret Recipe,” about working a “McJob” at a fast food restaurant; and “Inner Beauty Contest,” Elric Kane’s attempt to expose the oversaturation of seductive online imagery.
PXL This has been featured on PBS, the Independent Film Channel and National Public Radio and was screened at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“The real essence of the medium is that it is bare-bones filmmaking — stripping the filmmaker down to pencil and paper, so to speak, and asking, ‘what can you do with this?’,” says Fialka.
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