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Akron Film+Pixel Fest Sets Schedule, Guests Schemel, Smolowitz, Others

By admin Published: August 29, 2011

The official word: The 2011 Akron Film+Pixel Festival (formerly the Akron Film Festival) is back at the
Akron Art Museum (1 South High St., Akron, OH) October 6-9, 2011 and with numerous special guests who
will all be available for Q&As.

Film Guests
For the first time, Akron Film is bringing filmmakers, writers and actors to the festival to present their movies, meet attendees and answer questions following the films. For full film descriptions please see the full festival schedule.
• Guests can meet Patty Schemel, former drummer for the rock band Hole and subject of the documentary Hit So Hard, along with director P. David Ebersole and producer Todd Hughes, for the Ohio premiere (October 7 at 7:15 p.m.). The event is supported by a grant from the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation.
• David Meiklejohn will be on hand to discuss his documentary, My Heart is an Idiot, about his travels
with filmmaker, NPR contributor and Found Magazine creator Davy Rothbart (October 8 at 7:40 p.m.).
• Oscar nominee Marc Smolowitz, along with co-producer and Akron native Dan Roth will be presenting their enlightening documentary The Power of Two (October 9 at 5:30 p.m.). This showing is
sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center.
• Director, co-writer and co-star Alex Ross Perry and co-writer/co-star Carlen Altman (dubbed one of
Filmmaker Magazine’s 2011 New Faces of Independent Film) will present their hilariously droll adult
comedy, The Color Wheel (October 9 at 1 p.m.). Altman will be on hand for the entire festival.
• Producer John Baker spent several years at HBO Documentary Programming working on the Emmywinning
series The Addiction Project and Spike Lee’s When The Levees Broke, among other titles. Baker will be present for the showing of Dragonslayer (October 6 at 7 p.m.), which he produced.
Continues after the jump with the answer to the question "Pixel?"

Pixel?
That’s right. There are many ways artists can tell their stories and video game design is one of them. Akron Film+Pixel has hosted several game development workshops since 2010, and at this year’s festival guests can play forward-thinking games, and in some cases, discuss them with the developers on the spot. Here are some
of the games visitors can sample in the Akron Art Museum lobby:
• The Diamond Trust of London
Developer: Jason Rohrer (Akron native, but not attending)
Diamond Trust of London is a strategy game that takes place in a diamond mining company in Angola, prior to
the U.N. restrictions on the sale of blood diamonds. To maintain their hold on the country's diamond mines,
players must bribe and cut illicit deals, while spying on their competitors.
• Every day the same dream
Developer: Paolo Pedercini (Will be attending—Dates and times pending)
Every day the same dream is a short existential game about the alienation and refusal of labor that also
functions as a sort of interactive music video.
• Way
Developer: Chris Bell (Will offer a Q&A via Skype—Dates time pending)
Way is a collaborative, online game that focuses on two complete strangers from opposite ends of the Earth as
they journey toward one another. Through user-created gestures and simple sounds, players must share
information about how they each uniquely see the world.
Fest Details
The Akron Film+Pixel Festival is open to the public and will be held at the Akron Art Museum October 6-9,
2011. Platinum sponsors are the Akron Art Museum and the City of Akron. Additional support is provided by
OMNOVA Solutions Foundation and the Gay Community Endowment Fund.
Registration, which allows access to all films, parties and panels, is available for $21 until September 15, and
$28 after that. Tickets for individual films are available for $8 each. The full list of films, panels, and parties, as
well as ticket sales, will be available on September 3 at www.akronfilm.com. Full festival passes are on sale
now.

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