Gerry Fialka SF events Oct11-14, 2012
Here's info on events hosted by Gerry Fialka, who has been called "a cultural revolutionary" by the LA Weekly and "the Renaissance multi-media man" by the LA Times.
Oct 11, Thursday - Pixelvision Percept Plunder & THOMAS INCE (double feature) at 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, film history and the future of live cinema with music improv by V Vale, Rock Ross.
Oct 12, Friday - MARK PAULINE INTERVIEW- 8:30pm at Oddball Films & Video http://www.oddballfilm.com/ 275 Capp St, San Fran CA 94110, 415-558-8112, $12 rsvp email@example.com 30 minutes of rare film clips followed by Pauline interview by Gerry Fialka.
OCT 13, Saturday- PXL THIS 21- annual toy camera film festival, screens at 8:30pm at Other Cinema, 992 Valencia St (& 21st), SF 94110, 415-648-0654, http://othercinema.com/ $6. Plus new PXL documentary. New Mike Kelley article- http://www.othercinema.com/otherzine/?issueid=28&article_id=165
OCT 14, Sunday- MESSIN' With MEZZ MEZZROW 4:30pm, free admission at Bird & Beckett Books & Records 653 Chenery Street, SF- Glen Park, CA 94131, 415-586-3733 http://www.birdbeckett.com/ Gerry Fialka, George Russell & jazzbos reinvent the seminal music book Really The Blues by Mezzrow (Louis Armstrong's herbalist) and Bernard Wolfe (cybernetics pioneer) with LIVE music & readings.
OCT 14, Sunday - Pixelvision Cut-up Phantasmagoria at 8pm at Krowswork, 480 23rd Street (between Telegraph & Broadway, use side entrance), Oakland, CA, 94612, 510-229-7035 http://www.krowswork.com/ Free admission. Multi-media participatory social media.
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Thursday, Oct 11 - DOUBLE FEATURE - Thomas Ince and Pixelvision Improv (45 minutes each program) at 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.
at 8pm - THOMAS INCE & SF- Historian ERIC DUGDALE probes the motion picture studio pioneer Thomas Harper Ince and his SAN FRANCISCO connections. Ince was involved with famous & powerful people including Thomas Edison, William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies and Charlie Chaplin. Ince invented many of the systems of modern movie making, working with D.W. Griffith & Mack Sennett. He built studios where Sunset Blvd. now meets Pacific Coast Highway and later in Culver City. Ince used real cowboys & Indians from a wildwest show in Venice Beach. He filmed in natural settings, pioneering production-line techniques, and produced hundreds of films. Hearst's newspapers reported Ince's death in 1924 from indigestion at his home, but there is evidence Ince was shot at his birthday party on Hearst's yacht.
at 8;45pm - PIXELVISION PERCEPT PLUNDER - Media archaeologists Gerry Fialka and Will Erokan host this interactive multi-media event interconnecting the images of Pixelvision (Fisher Price Toy Camera videos) and social media subversions. Live musical accompaniment by V. Vale & Rock Ross. This vibrant interactive screening/workshop is a kind of social engineer's report on the terrain hazards and mandatory processes of the new electric environment. "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. http://www.laughtears.com/workshops3.html
Oct 12, Friday - MARK PAULINE INTERVIEW- 8:30pm at Oddball Films & Video http://www.oddballfilm.com/ 275 Capp St, San Fran CA 94110, 415-558-8112, Admission: $12 rsvp firstname.lastname@example.org , 30 minutes of rare film clips followed by Mark Pauline interview by Gerry Fialka. www.oddballfilms.blogspot.com
American performance artist and inventor, best known as founder and director of Survival Research Labs. He is a 1977 graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Pauline founded SRL in 1978 and it is considered the premier practitioner of "industrial performing arts", and the forerunner of large scale machine performance. SRL is known for producing the most dangerous shows on earth. Although acknowledged as a major influence on popular competitions pitting remote-controlled robots and machines against each other, such as BattleBots and Robot Wars, Pauline shies away from rules-bound competition preferring a more anarchic approach. Machines are liberated and re-configured away from the functions they were originally meant to perform. Pauline has written of SRL, "Since its inception SRL has operated as an organization of creative technicians dedicated to re-directing the techniques, tools, and tenets of industry, science, and the military away from their typical manifestations in practicality, product or warfare." Since its beginning through the end of 2006, SRL has conducted about 48 shows. In the summer of 1982, Pauline blew his hand off while experimenting with solid rocket fuel. In August 1990, ArtPark, a state-sponsored arts festival in Lewiston, New York, canceled a Pauline performance when it turned out he intended "to cover a sputtering Rube Goldberg spaceship with numerous Bibles" that would "serve as thermal protective shields" and be burned to ashes in the course of the performance. According to Pauline "I like to make machines that can just do their own shows... machines that can do all that machines in the science fiction novels can do. I want to be there to make those dreams real." Obtainium - The word obtainium likely originated from but was most certainly popularized by SRL crew finding or liberating discarded or obsolete items and re-directing them from industry, science, and the military and re-purposing them for anarchic machine performances. This event is a MESS (Media Ecology Soul Salon) - The public is invited to these engaging interviews by Gerry Fialka with the following modern thinkers who'll address the metaphysics of their callings and the nitty-gritty of their crafts. http://www.laughtears.com/mess.html & http://www.laughtears.com/
"Great interviewing requires a stimulating interviewer and Gerry Fialka is certainly that. Best part is that he makes the rare act of deep thinking in public before an audience flow as creatively and easily as a Basquiat painting." - Jay Levin, LA Weekly founder and former editor-in-chief. "Fialka's cool questions are right at the heart of all my work. By far the best interview I have ever been treated to." - Ondi Timoner, only two time Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury winner. "My experience in Gerry Fialka's MESS series was a scintillating discussion of history, culture, philosophy, sociology and the creative process. His questions and ideas transcend the accepted, traditional limitations of 'the interview.' " - Brad Schreiber, author, producer, screenwriter, journalist. "Fialka's interview with me was an invigorating, pleasurable, philosophical, specific, awakening journey." - Harry Northup, actor and poet
OCT 13. Saturday- PXL THIS 21
21st annual toy camera film festival, screens at 8:30pm at Other Cinema, 992 Valencia St (& 21st), San Fran CA 94110, 415-648-0654, admission $6 Plus sneek preview of new PXL documentary.
PXL THIS sites: http://pxl2000.blogspot.com/ and http://sites.google.com/site/pxlthis/ and http://www.youtube.com/user/pxlthis ALSO includes sneak preview of new documentary - Pixel Visions: High Art, Low Resolution http://www.naomifilms.com/
PXL THIS celebrates its 21st year of creative filmmaking by everyone from kids to professionals. One of the most unique international 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). 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. 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 21 highlights: L.M. Sabo's TEA PARTY TAMMY examines the Tea Party movement through a pull string doll. Press ready stills: http://members.cox.net/l.m.sabo/Tea-Party-Tammy-1.jpg &
Philip Marion's SPOON & PACKET PRESENT: THE BEST OF HEL CENTRAAL TV brings
the Underworld Awards show to your living room. Press-ready stills:
the Underworld Awards show to your living room. Press-ready stills:
Clint Enns' THE VALUE OF NOTHING - Demonstration/explanation of Camus’ Absurd using found super 8 footage of circus bears transferred to PXL2000. Press ready stills:
Marc Bascougnano's (l'Enregistreur) PERIPHERIQUE - the city's blood pressure in a cruising cardio-vascular trip. Stills: http://runningtimeblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/periphstills.html & http://www.vimeo.com/user2865876 & http://cakeauboudin.blogspot.com/ & email@example.com
Nine-year-old Wednesday Webber's A POEM FOR DADDY... celebrates her theatrical inspirations and aspirations. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLtf_gt9u4A&list=UUa5QDqRdPvsE8BNHrEWep1Q&index=1&feature=plcp
Pixelvision avatars Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo's PLEASE STAND BY - A test film about a test pattern. Venice's own greatest cameraman Christopher Gallo's VENICE BEAT POET PAUL BROOKS: BARBARA documents old school poet paying tribute to his wife reading from his apartment in the Ellison, where he shared conversations with fellow poets John Thomas and Philomene Long. Gerry Fialka's WATCHDOG OF THE MIND probes poetry's influence on Marshall McLuhan via perceptive abstractions and cloned ESP.
OCT 14, Sunday- 4: 30pm to ^;30pm, free admission at Bird and Beckett 653 Chenery Street San Francisco, CA 94131,
Wolfe's word's best describe what's on tap in "Really the Blues" - "Not very many people have gotten a good look at their country from that bottom-of-the-pit angle before, seen the slimy underside of the rock. It's a chunk of Americana, as they say, and should get written. It's a real American success story, upside down: Horatio Alger standing on his head. In a real sense, Mezz, your story is the plight of the creative artist in the USA. -- to borrow a phrase from Henry Miller...It's the odyssey of an individualist, through a land where the population is manufactured by the system of interchangeable parts. It's the saga of a guy who wanted to make friends, in a jungle where everybody was too busy making money an dodging his own shadow."
Krowswork Gallery is proud to host Pixelvision Cut-up Phantasmagoria on Sunday, October 14 at 8pm at Krowswork, 480 23rd Street (between Telegraph & Broadway, use side entrance), Oakland, CA, 94612, 510-229-7035 http://www.krowswork.com/ Free admission, donations appreciated and encouraged. contact: Jasmine Moorhead firstname.lastname@example.org
Cultural revolutionary Gerry Fialka and Video artist Will Erokan multi-mix short films from the PXL THIS Film Festival and subversive social media, archival films and audio to access an elusive psychospiritual energy never before seen or heard. Experience the death of the Ego as the ecstatic relationships between spatial and emotional conditions is revealed. Join these merry pranksters on a FUN trip.
PXL THIS features films made with the Fisher Price toy video camera. 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 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.
"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.
"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
PXL THIS Director Fialka - hires 300 dpi still with PXL Cam - http://www.laughtears.com/images/Gerry-360dpi.jpg and Bio - http://www.laughtears.com/bio.html
Krowswork is named for crows, genus corvus, which are ubiquitous, democratic, ornery, smart, serious, funny, community-oriented, watchful, and fearless. All these words apply to this very special multi-media event at this very special gallery.