(Editor's note: The following is a press release from the Akron Film+Pixel Night.)
Fresh local films and new independent videogames at Akron Film+Pixel Night
On Sept. 13, Akron Film+Pixel Night will feature seven local short films, Q&A with attending filmmakers and acclaimed indie videogames. The free program starts at the Akron Art Museum at 7 p.m. and moves on to Summit Artspace at 8:15 p.m., where free refreshments will be served.
"Our multi-day international film festival returns next year, but this year, we didn't want to miss the chance to showcase the cream-of-the-crop work we're seeing locally," said Steve Felix, executive director. "And we couldn't resist showing off two extremely fun and not-yet-released new games."
Films and Filmmakers
Akron Art Museum beginning at 7 p.m.
- In "Countdown To An Early Lunch," a stylish film noir directed by Akronite Brandon Baker, tension builds between two private detectives in a small office.
- "Generations" by Akron folk duo Shivering Timbers and "Ice Cold Water" by Cleveland alternative hip-hop group Smoke Screen each had music videos produced by NE Ohio production company Turnstyle Films.
- "60 BPM," directed by Jordan Blazak, won him and his team the top prize at Akron Film+Pixel's "Just Another Day" student video contest in May. It follows a young musician whose day moves to a steady rhythm as she prepares for an audition.
- In "Mouthful," by Clevelander Robert Putka and his C-Town Film Factory team, a sensitive question creates escalating disharmony between a couple in the bedroom. It premiered at the prestigious South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas and is now in development as a series for HBO GO under the name "Bobby and Bliss in a Tree."
- Cory Sheldon's Kickstarter-funded "Laos Free" is an animated story of the world's most heavily bombed country. It will make its premiere at Akron Film+Pixel Night.
Summit Artspace beginning at 8:20 p.m.
- A man toils at building a high tech synthesizer with puppet friends in his basement in the surreal fantasy "T82: Supersonic Tonemaker," the latest from Akron natives Luke and Andy Campbell, who are now based in Austin, Texas.
Filmmakers will be in attendance and offer Q&A for all films except "T82: Supersonic Tonemaker."
Johann Sebastian Joust
This music-based festival sensation gives two to eight people motion-sensing PlayStation Move controllers and asks them to move the controller slowly when the music slows down. The goal is to knock other players out of the game by jostling their controllers through [practically] any means necessary. More information is available at http://gutefabrik.com/joust.html.
Noah Sasso is a Brooklyn-based, up-and-coming indie game designer whose new retro-styled sports game is currently touring festivals and events like Fantastic Fest, XOXO Festival, and No Quarter. In keeping with the game's retro theme, it will be playable with original Nintendo Entertainment System controllers. A trailer is viewable at http://bbb.strangeflavor.net/.
Attending Akron Film+Pixel Night
The program is free with a $5 donation suggested. The films begin at 7 p.m. in the Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium in the Akron Art Museum and continue at 8:15 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Summit Artspace, where free refreshments will be served and the games will be set up. Parking is free after 6 p.m. in the High St. parking deck across from the museum.