PXL THIS 19, the annual toy camera film festival, will be presented with two different shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Monday, December 7th at Unurban coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.
A pre-show is scheduled at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
PXL THIS, featuring films made with the Fisher-Price PXL 2000 toy camcorder, is considered one of the longest running film festivals in Los Angeles.
The festival features pixel filmmakers from across the globe who have used inventive approaches to the toy camera, festival spokesperson Gerry Fialka said. The PXL camera produces low resolution, black and white images.
These low-tech hi-jinx films come through “loud and clear” by reframing a new cinema language, Fialka says.
Among the highlights of PXL THIS 19 is PXL-2000 inventor James Wickstead’s “Color PXL,” the world premiere of what is believed to be the only footage ever shot with this one-of-a-kind PXL-2000 color camcorder.
L.M. Sabo’s “I Push On” captures an individual’s personal protest against oil through simply cutting their lawn every week with a push reel mower.
Clint Enns’ “The Aesthetics of Failure” from Canada is about his inability to interact with party people as well as the PXL camera’s inability to interpret what’s happening.
Chris Bentley’s “The Wandering Era” follows a small group of human survivors traveling through the desert in search for others of their kind after a series of apocalypses, while Suki Ewers and Clifford Novey’s “T Zero” is a metaphysical adventure in light and shadow inspired by the fog.
Some other films featured include Michael Possert Jr.’s “Southwest Museum 2009 Recap;” Jon Clark’s “Surgeon’s Reptile Mess;” Jesse Drew’s “Cultural Democracy;” Donovan Seelinger’s “Something You Have to Know;” and Geoff Seelinger’s “The Cutting.”
Among the other filmmakers participating in the festival are Mariko Drew, six-year-old Chester Burnett, Bill Burnett, David Healey, Joe Nucci, Doug Ing, Will Erokan, Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo, Karin Spritzler and George Russell, Fialka;
William Sabiston, Mier N’Gewlieu, Denny Moynahan, Jason Danti, Lala McClave,
Jerron Paxton, Sunny War, Janor Hypercleats and Paul Bacca.
Information, (310) 315-0056, www.laughtears.com/, or http://pxlthis.ning.com/.