About this project
PIXEL VISIONS is a documentary about the artists that have been working with the PXL-2000 since its creation in 1987. Developed by Wickstead Design Associates and manufactured by Fisher Price, the PXL-2000 was the first toy video camera to be produced. Its release, in a time when the average video camera was $1,000+, created an opportunity for younger and poorer filmmakers to prosper. Many of the quirks of the PXL-2000 helped fuel a cult following that the camera would celebrate over the next twenty years, like that it recorded video and audio onto audio cassette, and its low-resolution, impressionistic black and white footage.
This film is about the projects that have been made and the community that has developed as result of the PXL-2000's creation. PIXEL VISIONS follows the production of PXL films, the festival dedicated to the camera, the circuit benders that modify it and the stories that intertwine within its history. Including excerpts of many of the important PXL films, PIXEL VISIONS also includes unseen footage of many notable figures in the camera's history, including Craig Baldwin, Richard Linklater, Peggy Ahwesh, Cecilia Dougherty, Bryan Konefsky, Leah Singer, Gerry Fialka (curator of PXL This), James Wickstead (the inventor of the PXL-2000), and members of Sonic Youth, The Black Angels, Cub, and more.
While the majority of shooting is complete, we are raising funds to cover one last trip to shoot an important figure behind the camera and to pay for post-production costs, including editing, sound design, hours of video transfers, festival entries, and the other various unpredictable costs that will go into completing the film.
Follow our progress: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pixel-Visions/158494090829222...
PIXEL VISIONS website: www.naomifilms.com/films.html
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