PXL This 21, the 21st annual film festival featuring films made with the Fisher-Price PXL 2000 toy camcorder, will premiere with two shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at the Unurban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.
A preshow is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
PXL This is billed as one of the longest running film festivals in Los Angeles.
According to festival director Gerry Fialka, 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 films of our time.”
“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 This humble outdated ‘toy’ continues to bring out the visionary child in filmmakers and viewers alike, and no one has kept the PXL flame burning longer or brighter than Gerry,” film director Michael Almereyda said.
Among the films screening at the 21st annual festival are director L.M. Sabo’s “Tea Party Tammy,” which examines the Tea Party movement through a pull string doll, and “Last Days,” a music video directed by Mark Oughton for Preston-based metal band “Stitchthread” and filmed on a circuit bent Fisher Price PXL 2000.
Some other films include Donovan Seelinger’s “Mario Mash,” which reworks popular video games Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong into ultra-pixelly and ghostly images, and “Hippitty Hoppitty,” in which director Gwyneth Seelinger chases her black and white spotted rabbit.
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