I have been removed as head of Ones and Zeros Pixelshow. Officially, it’s because I turned in paperwork in person rather than mailing it to a PO BOX, but that doesn’t really matter. I’ve proved harder to put away than Al Capone, and this was my tax evasion.
When I started Ones and Zeros Pixelshow, people would often ask why I was in Broomfield? We don’t belong here. The answer I always gave them was that there are cool people in Broomfield, they just didn’t know each other. They just needed a gathering place. I said Broomfield could be cool.
Now, I have a different answer: that was the point; we didn’t belong here. In Boulder or Denver, we might be considered interesting; in Broomfield we were revolutionary. When we brought the Academy Award nominated animator Bill Plympton, people came from other states to see him, but not many bothered to travel down to the end of the street.
We did not belong here, and that’s why we belonged. We were not another watercolor still life or oil photography landscape. We were what art should be, pushing boundaries and expanding horizons. We were the grain of sand that stuck in their craw, irritating, uncomfortable, but by fighting it might form a pearl. We were formed by accident; we wormed our way in, and so our days were always numbered. It was always a matter of how much we could get away with before they did us in.
One woman described me as “Broomfield’s counterculture,” and that’s how I choose to see myself. An enigma, a minor to major annoyance no one could explain.
I have achieved much in our short run. I brought the “King of Indie Animation” Bill Plympton who recently animated an opening of the Simpsons. When the Boulder International Film Festival brought him back, we hosted Alexis Anastasio, who’s Plympton documentary, Plymptoons, is now streaming on Netflix. We got LEGO to sponsor a LEGO film contest – which never happens. We debuted the only adult, LEGO-themed band I am aware of, Ultra Sex Laser, who has been featured on Boing Boing and by rapper Lil B. And we ended with the first annual Denver Animated Pixelfest.
Ones and Zeros has cost many hours, and many more dollars from my own pocket than I intended, and it gave back to me in the collaborations I had made with many of the same people I chose to collaborate on this show: ASIFA, GI Joe Fest, DigiFest and Emerging Filmmaker’s Project. And of course, Hueso de Perro, the luche libre who carried around the head of his former manager and skin of his former wrestling partner (a bear).
There is much I wanted to do this season, and I would like to thank the ACS, SCFD, Broomfield Community Foundation for awarding me a budget to do so. And of course, I would like to thank BCAH : for letting me save the program when it was in danger of having to return its budget, unused; for the people who believed in the program and volunteered, and for letting me have the reins of Ones and Zeros for the short time I did.
Most of all, I would like to thank BCAH for taking that funding away mid-season, and thus providing a fitting end. We were dying a death by a thousand cuts; running out of venues, falling out of favor as BCAH realized what they’d funded. We fully expected to complete our season, which point BCAH could defund us and we couldn’t complain; it would be completely within its rights to do so. Such an end seems so ordinary, so civilized -- not a fitting end for Ones and Zeros.
I see now this is the way my tenure with Ones and Zeros should end. How unbearable to think we could have made an orderly exit; only an unexpected end, untidy and undignified, could have brought me any sense of closure. And for that, I am eternally grateful.
Not many people get to attend their own wake. By taking as long as BCAH did to figure out a means to oust me, it allowed me survive just long enough to put on the Denver Animated Pixelshow. So that turned out to be a birth, and my funeral. The end of something, and the start of something… untidy. Something that doesn’t quite fit in, that doesn’t belong anywhere, the bastard child of Patrick Sheridan and Gio Toninelo. What could possibly come of it? Who can tell? I’ve already provided the bizarre, unexpected, beautiful death of my film program, so it’s off to a promising start.
I’ve gotten away with a lot with Ones and Zeros. A heck of a lot, and it was good while it lasted, but it’s time to seek out the next opportunity. I don’t know how what it will be or where it will go, but I can promise you this – it will not go gently.
Let’s see what I get away with.
Dylan Otto Krider
The Denver Animated Pixelshow features the best animated shorts from Denver's large and diverse animation community. We are proud to showcase Denver's finest independent, professional and student animation in all genres and themes. We want to share with our community the talents of our resident filmmakers as well as to promote Cultural Entities that embrace the animation genre.
The Denver Animation Pixelshow is presented by The Emerging Filmmakers Project, Denver's longest running, locals-only, independent film screening event.
Doors open at 7:30pm. The screening begins at 8:00. Tickets are $5!
Winners of the Build-A-Brickbuster Contest Announced at Swanky Awards Show
Saturday, the winners of the Build-A-Brickbuster Contest (http://www.buildabrickbuster.com/) were announced at the Awards show during the Build-A-Brickbuster Pixelfest in Broomfield, CO.
Golden Hueso awards were given to filmmakers of “brick flicks” – movies utilizing LEGO elements in stop-motion, CGI or machinima animation – for superior achievement in the categories of “Best Directors,” “Best Animation,” Best Drama,” “Best Local Vid,” “Mr./Mrs. Universe (films utilizing LEGO Universe) and “Tastiest.” Winners also receive over $2000 worth of prizes provided by LEGO group and others.
Grand Prize and “Tastiest”: Dylan Woodley, “Pancake Island."
Best Directors for “Directors’ Cut” by Paul Hollingsworth, 33, of Fountain Valley, CA.
Best Drama: “Small World,” by Jake Van de Walle, 12, Pepper Pike, OH.
Best Pirates: “Pirates Rule!”, Harrison Allen (A.K.A Squid)
Best Animation: “Bunnies: An Ancient Altercation,” Spencer Olson, 17, Emily, MN.
Best Video: “Power Trio,” Eric J. Nelson.
Best Local Video:
1st Place: “9 Ways to Die as a Zombie,” Colin Weiler, 12, Broomfield, CO.
2nd Place A: “Boneyard Bar-B-Que,” Isaiah Thurman, 9, Broomfield, CO
2nd Place B: “Squid Surf,” Lydia Thurman, 8, Broomfield, CO.
Mr./Mrs. Universe: “Jack and Tom – LEGO Universe Obsession,” Jacob Tornatta, 12, Melbourne, FL.
Without a budget to fly anyone in, and with the winners only able to be determined days before the Build-A-Brickbuster Pixelfest, the audience of the Build-A-Brickbuster Awards show were the first to hear the winners from around the world. Names of members of the audience were collected, selected at random and placed in an envelope to be opened and announced to accept the award on the winners’ behalf.
After the member of the audience had their picture taken accepting the Golden Hueso and limited edition LEGO sets, the prizes were then taken away and the person was given a consolation prize such as Hueso de Perro t-shirts, an Einstein wig or LEGO minifig ice tray.
Winning filmmakers are in the process of being informed and given a photo of the audience member accepting their award for them, to be mailed at some future date when Ones and Zeros can obtain the funds to mail these beautiful 1700 and 2200 piece sets, probably in 2012.
Two-time Academy Award nominated animator Bill Plympton selected the grand prize winner from the four finalists, and chose “Pancake Island” – clearly the audience’s favorite as well.
“Pirates Rule!” was chosen by audience applause, beating out “Marooned” and “Pirate with Leprosy,” which was actually never entered in the contest but included because Dylan found it funny. (Ones and Zeros is currently considering whether to inform the filmmaker they placed second.)
The Award for “Mr./Mrs. Universe was selected by audience applause from three nominees. Jacob Tornatta’s “Jack and Tom – LEGO Universe Obsession” won handily.
Joanna Town sold 31 lots and brought in over $500 for Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado, and awards were given for best buildings selected by LEGO Universe employees and fundraising (attendees voted on their favorite with cash donations.)
Winners were selected by LEGO Universe judges and Obe Ariss of the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado. Asher Meyer, 11, took first place in the 11 and under category and Imagine Rigney, 15, took the 12 and up category.