WHAT IS EZTV?
"an avant-garde video production company and digital
art center" - Wired.com
1979, EZTV was one of the earliest successful examples of a space
dedicated to feature-length video production and exhibition. Artist-run,
EZTV produces, promotes and provides a space for the creative
discourse of independently created digital video.
"Its the Hollywood Indie community which has
spawned EZTV...Where dreams and projects come through after all
the majors have let you down."-
The Independent Film & Video Monthly
‘careerist' artists, who spend all their time developing
themselves, EZTV, in addition to its own creative endeavors, has
always felt compelled to serve as a community-based forum for
professional, as well as aspiring videomakers. Currently the Los
Angeles home for the Association of Independent Video & Filmmakers,
EZTV shares its space with the local artistic community.
the video revolution by incubating feature hits in the early 1980's
a cyberspace gallery in 1991 ( now on the web ) and hosting the first
video theater."- Multimedia Producer
the term "desktop video" was used, artists at EZTV were
doing it, and producing an impressive list of critically acclaimed
projects, often with little or no budget. In the early 1980's,
when the mainstream film press avoided or ignored the critique
of video art, EZTV pioneered the public discussion of independently
created video cinema, with their acceptance within Los Angeles'
foremost newspapers, magazines and electronic media. From Artweek
to Variety, and from the Los Angeles Times to the Hollywood Reporter,
few , if any, video art groups have drawn as diverse a critical
community than EZTV's initial inroads. By creating what was clearly
Los Angeles' first video theater, as well as among the earliest
digital art galleries, EZTV pioneered the use of video projection
as a theatrical experience. At a time when most art spaces were
exhibiting video on small video monitors, which could serve an
audience of a dozen or so, at one time, EZTV designed and built
a 100 seat video theater, with professional sound and multi-format
"EZTV has become the focal point for video's
new frontier...the gallery has become a launching pad for explorers
of the outer limits of the visual arts"- Los Angeles Times
being "the first space dedicated all the time to the box"
(according to the American Film Institute),and thus creating what
would latter be known as the microcinema movement, onto achieving
"the first video theater hit" (according to the Los Angeles
Times), to developing one of the earliest public exhibition spaces
for digital art, as well as staging it's first international internet
event in 1987 (in collaboration with Arthur C. Clark), onto its
current productions and collaborations, EZTV has often been at the
right place at the right time. This was largely by design rather
than by accident. As notoriety increased for EZTV and its approach
to media, a list of internationally recognized artists, filmmakers,
philosophers and performers as well as a roster of world-class venues
and organizations have chosen EZTV to collaborate with, either as
producers, exhibitors or advocates.
In the early 1980's most artist-run spaces were exhibiting only
video art & installation, EZTV expanded the independent video
curatorial palette to include documentary, narrative, music, interactive
and scientifically-based work. This policy is widely accepted today,
but was rare until much latter.
EZTV Gallery has established itself as the showcase outlet here
for feature length independent productions shot entirely on tape"-
thousands of artists utilized this Los Angeles based resource at
a time when access to vide and digital technology was extremely
limited and very expensive. As the desktop video revolution (which
EZTV anticipated and fostered) became more available to the community,
EZTV strove to focus more on its already acclaimed original productions,
and less on being a media center. Adopting to change, EZTV has changed
its location six times in 25 years, and over the years has operated
a variety of ever-evolving facilities which were designed to cater
to the needs of the artists' community.
artists at EZTV are strong believers of public funding for the arts,
EZTV has rarely taken advantage of the grants for which it is obviously
eligible for. EZTV earns its income, from which it can exercise
its philosophy of "artist-run
philanthropy", entirely through commissions, collaborations,
or creative & technical services.
at EZTV are often-requested as speakers at international professional
conferences, as well as at colleges, universities, festivals and
can watch the development of this hybrid of cinema and experimental
art...you may see a work by a future DeMille of vide making"-
EZTV was founded in 1979 by video
Dorr (1944-93) and a team of independent
writers, actors and technicians. It was incorporated in 1983, and its
non-profit organization EZTV Arts Foundation, was incorporated in 1988.
CyberSpace Gallery started in 1991, EZTV went online in 1994 and created
its website in 1995.
EZTV co-founder Michael Masucci assumed the role of director at the time
of John Dorr's death.
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