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GERRY FIALKA

film curator, writer, lecturer, and paramedia ecologist has
conducted interactive workshops from UCLA to MIT, from the Ann
Arbor Film Festival to Culver City High School. Fialka gave two
major lectures at The 2001 North America James Joyce Conference at
UC Berkeley. His public interview series MESS (Media Ecology Soul
Sessions), with the likes of Mike Kelley, Alexis Smith, Abraham
Polonsky, Mary Woronov, Paul Krassner, Ann Magnuson, Heather
Woodbury, Norman Klein, Chris Kraus, P. Adams Sitney, Hunter
Drohojowska-Philp, Kristine McKenna, Ann Magnuson, John Sinclair,
Grace Lee Boggs, Firesign Theatre's Phil Proctor, Van Dyke Parks,
Orson Bean among many others, began in 1997 and continues at
different LA venues including Beyond Baroque and the Canal Club.
Fialka's interviews have been published in books by Mike Kelley and
Sylvere Lotringer. His William Pope.L interview was published in
ARTILLERY magazine. Yerba Buena Art Center & San Francisco
Cinematheque and the Mendicino Film Festival‚ hosted Fialka's
Pixelvision: Electronic Art workshop and screening‚ in 2008. He'll
present it in England at Lumen.org.uk in Sept, 2008.

His MARSHALL McLUHAN-FINNEGANS WAKE Reading Club
www.venicewake.org has explored media and literature at the Venice
Public Library since 1995. His PXL THIS film festival
www.indiespace.com/pxlthis has celebrated the PXL 2000Â toy camera
since 1991. Film Threat's Chris Gore deemed PXL THIS one of the ten
best video festivals. Fialka's DOCUMENTAL series (now at the
Unurban in Santa Monica myspace.com/sevendudleycinema) at Midnight
Special, the oldest political bookstore in the world, ran for 8
years, and was praised as "L.A.'s pre-eminent documentary and
experimental film showcase...the holy grail"-LA WEEKLY. In RES
magazine, Holly Willis declared Gerry Fialka the "Los Angeles-based
independent media hero." In the Independent Film & Video Monthly,
Willis proclaimed Fialka an "exemplary devotee of cinema. Thanks to
Fialka's penchant for the weird and wild, L.A. gets to see material
we wouldn't otherwise." The LA TIMES calls Fialka "the multi-media
Renaissance man." His 7 DUDLEY CINEMA series
(www.81x.com/7dudley/cinema) continues the tradition of DOCUMENTAL
at Sponto Gallery in Venice, where the beats used to read poetry
(Venice West Cafe). Fialka has worked for Frank Zappa (for nearly
ten years as an archivist), George Carlin (who once said directly
to Fialka "I am goning to learn alot from you.") and Filmex. He has
interviewed the likes of Amiri Baraka, Carla Bley, Horace Silver,
Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, George Clinton, Paul Plimley, Oscar
Brown Jr, Ben Watson, Craig Baldwin, Grace Lee Boggs, Walter
Bowart among others for AMASS magazine, LA Jazz Scene, Jazz News,
Bird, Flipside, and PACIFICA's KPFK radio.

"I am very impressed by Gerry Fialka's energy in bringing together
groups of people to think about ideas. That is very much in the
McLuhan spirit to create and foster interdisciplinary, living,
educational projects in which people can talk about ideas. He
creates forums that bring together a plurality of critical
perspectives into one multivalent conversation. " - Janine
Marchessault, author of MARSHAL McLUHAN: COSMIC MEDIA.

"Gerry Fialka's MESS series is a unique opportunity to meet special
artists in a unique, intimate and revealing setting.  His
intelligence and dedication to research leads to a stimulating and
highly interactive interview that is both entertaining and
amazingly enlightening." - Phil "Firesign Theatre" Proctor.

"Gerry Fialka is very special, well prepared and ready to take
risks - I learned about my self! My kind of interviewer." -Martin
Perlich, author THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW.

"I have participated in Gerry Fialka's interactive workshops at the
Ann Arbor Film Festivals in 2006 and 2007. He is willing to enter
in new discussions even if they go against his current views.
Fialka's multi layered delivery of ideas encourages the search for
new questions and new paradigms that extend beyond. He is well-
informed, off-beat and articulate - one of the most fascinating
people I've met at the AAFF." - Keith Jeffries, Ascalon Films

"Fialka is a Zen master of media shuffling your mind with
McLuhanisms, and stacking the deck with fresh insights into
our culture." - David Selsky, Independent Film Programmer & author
of 'Worlds of Silence'

"What a great interview Fialka conducted with me. He made it so
easy. There used to be people on TV who conducted interviews in
depth, though few as good as Fialka." - Orson Bean

"I showed my film Hippies From Hell at one of the most
special venues in the world, 7 Dudley Cinema in Venice, CA. Curator
Gerry Fialka is a wonderful host, able to create a joyful relaxing
and concentrated atmosphere. During the Q&A he showed himself as a
very eloquent critic asking deep and serious questions- always with
humor, knowledge and full of energy." - Ine Poppe, Professor at the
Willem de Kooning Art Academy, Amsterdam

"Gerry Fialka is one of your grand 1970s collage sensibilities,
conceptually leaping--like so many of the flickering Film Festival
experiments that have nourished him for decades--from PXL to
McLuhan to James Joyce to Duchamp.  As he laces it all together
like a deerskin moccasin, you realize that most college students
are deprived of witnessing this kind of associative thinking in
action. Gerry Fialka's fast-paced workshops are an antidote for the
corporatized classroom that only meets students' low expectations
yet fails to go beyond. This guy goes, and takes them, beyond."-
Michael R. Mosher, Assoc. Professor, Art/Communication Multimedia,
Saginaw Valley State University

"Gerry Fialka is a cinema treasure, a champion of the rarely-seen,
forgotten or neglected films that illuminate our times; a man who
has devoted much of his life to the exploration of art and
philosophy and human behavior as shown in the movies.  For nearly
four decades Gerry has introduced the startling works of unknown or
rarely-seen filmmakers to audiences who enjoy the fascinating range
of his questions and the surprising answers inspired by our urban
impresario of the flicks, always a student of the art form he
loves, from its depths to its heights." - William Richert, film
director "Winter Kills".

"Curator Gerry Fialka puts together events of films both
experimental and socially conscious." - LA City Beat

"LOS ANGELES: GERRY FIALKA. For a decade, scavenger-artist Gerry
Fialka living and operating from a shed built of vinyl LPs,
cassette-tapes and videos in a back lot in Venice, California has
been leading a Finnegans Wake reading-group (venicewake.org) in a
Los Angeles public library and mounting festivals of homemade PXL-
2000 movies (indiespace.com/pxlthis). He proposes a revolutionary,
propertyless artistic communism in which the life works of Captain
Beefheart, George Clinton and Rahsaan Roland Kirk cross-pollinate
and merge with the whole mediated environment of late capitalism,
where playtime unravels the knots of economic domination. Fialka
politics of experience refuse conventional literacy and cultural
value. He yearns to make real the tokenistic substitutions of
and literature, a collective psychogeographical testing of limits
as the masses turn against the blandishments of a reality defined
by TV, and begin to interrogate their artificial surroundings:
question time drew nighing and the map of the souls groupography
rose in relief within their quarterings (FW, p. 476). In July,
Fialka addressed the James Joyce 2001 Conference in Berkeley,
drawing connections between Finnegans Wake and the oeuvres of Frank
Zappa and Marshall McLuhan." - Ben Watson, Mute Magazine 9-01.

"In his energetic, joyfully subversive "Culture Jamming" workshop,
Gerry Fialka presents, potent examples of culture being hijacked‚ by
alternative voices from those who would put a corporate
stranglehold upon the 'conventional wisdom.'" - Ed Bradley,
Film/Video curator - Flint Art Institute.

"I am inspired and excited that Gerry Fialka, who holds an affinity
for the Ann Arbor Film Festival, is researching and writing‚ a
history of it. Having attended two of his 2008 AAFF workshops, I
can testify he is intimate with experimental cinema and media
philosophy, and is deeply dedicated to the exploration of new
knowledge. " - Leslie Raymond, Professor of Art & New Media,
University of Texas.

Gerry Fialka curates 7 DUDLEY CINEMA, which plays a crucial role
promoting counter-current moving image artists in a cozy community-
oriented setting. Since November 2002, we have shown films free to
the public with the filmmakers often present for discussion. We are
an all volunteer group. Visit - www.81x.com/7dudley/cinema. Past
screenings have included Craig Baldwin's Tribulation 99, SOS &
Sonic Outlaws, Watts Tower Film Festival, Critical Mass-Pedal
Revolution, Lenny Bruce night, Uncensored Cartoons & much more. Our
speakers have included Orson Welles' cameraman Gary Graver, culture
jammer Craig Baldwin, director William Richert, political satirist
Paul Krassner, archivist Stephen Parr, director Ted Bonnitt,
experimental pioneer Chick Strand, producer Susan West (IN THE
REALMS OF THE UNREAL), author Janine Marchessault,
screenwriter/critic F.X. Feeney, experimental documentarian Philip
Hoffman, Firesign Theater's Peter Bergman & Phil Proctor, poet
Michael C. Ford, Ruben Guevara (Ruben & the Jets), Little Willie
G. & Jimmy Espinoza of Thee Midniters, author Domenic Priore, jazz
archivist Mark Cantor, Country Joe McDonald, Larry Taylor & Fito de
la Parra of CANNED HEAT, producer Ken Kubernick, experimental
filmmaker Alfonzo Alvarez, Lord Buckley's daughter Laurie, director
Richard Elfman, comedian/ARISTOCRATS director Paul Provenza, Corman
vet & author Beverly Gray, Pamela Des Barres, Victor Haydon
(Mascara Snake of Captain Beefheart) film historian Michael Henry
Wilson, experimental film pioneer Curtis Harrington and I AM CUBA
cameraman Alexander Calzatti.  Happy TrailerHD Film Fest world
premiered Oscar nominee TONTO WOMAN at 7 Dudley Cinema.

Curator Gerry Fialka has been involved in: *The Ann Arbor Film
Festival, the oldest experimental film festival in the world, *PXL
THIS (www.indiespace.com/pxlthis), the annual Pixelvision (toy
video camera) festival, established in 1991. Film Threat's Chris
Gore deemed PXL THIS one of the ten best video festivals. *His
DOCUMENTAL series (now at the Unurban in Santa Monica
myspace.com/sevendudleycinema) at Midnight Special, the oldest
political bookstore in the world, ran for 8 years, and was praised
as "L.A.'s pre-eminent documentary and experimental film
showcase...the holy grail" -LA Weekly. In RES magazine, Holly
Willis declared Gerry Fialka the "Los Angeles-based independent
media hero." In the INDEPENDENT FILM AND VIDEO MONTHLY, Willis
proclaimed Fialka an "exemplary devotee of cinema. Thanks to
Fialka's penchant for the weird and wild, L.A. gets to see material
we wouldn't otherwise." The LA TIMES calls Fialka "the multi-media
Renaissance man." 7 DUDLEY CINEMA was featured on Warren Olney's
NPR radio show, "Which Way L.A.?" on Santa Monica's KCRW. 7 DUDLEY
CINEMA shows films at Sponto Art Gallery, which was the home of the
infamous Venice West Cafe from 1955-66 where the Beats read their
poetry. Join poets every 4th Tuesday at 7pm for open poetry and
spoken word- free admission. Sponto Gallery has sponsored
children's art shows, raised money for New Orleans' musicians and
helped raise money for Venice Food Not Bombs, who feed the
homeless. Jazz great Azar Lawrence played a free 2005 concert at
Sponto Gallery.

7 DUDLEY CINEMA stresses dialogue on films, art, culture and
politics. Gerry Fialka's other film series DOCUMENTAL has been
praised by LA Magazine as "eye-opening with postscreening chats
that cook." This tradition of examination continues at 7 DUDLEY
CINEMA, DOCUMENTAL and at Fialka's MESS (Media Ecology Soul
Sessions) public interview series.

QUOTES :
"I am part Communist and part Fascist with a healthy dose of
Monarchism in my Marxism, but at bottom an Anarchist with a passion
for order." - Wyndham Lewis circa 1929

"I have always been on the side of those who seek the truth, but I
part ways with them when they think they have found it." - Luis
Bunuel

"I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid
conforming to my own taste." - Marcel Duchamp

"The best fiction is more true than any kind of journalism." -
William Faulkner

"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated
through you into action. There is only one of you in all time;
therefore this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never
exist through any other medium. The world will not have it. It will
be lost. It is not your business to determine how good it is, or
how valuable it is, or how it compares with other expression. It is
your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, and to keep
the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or
your work. You have to keep the channel open. No artist is pleased.
There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction. A blessed unrest
that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than others." -
Martha Graham