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WHAT IS EZTV?  "an avant-garde video production company and digital art center" - Wired.com

Created in 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

Unlike many ‘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.

"pioneered 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 Magazine

Long before 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 video playback.

"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


From 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.

"The EZTV Gallery has established itself as the showcase outlet here for feature length independent productions shot entirely on tape"- Variety

Literally 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.

Although 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.

Artists at EZTV are often-requested as speakers at international professional conferences, as well as at colleges, universities, festivals and art centers.

"You can watch the development of this hybrid of cinema and experimental art...you may see a work by a future DeMille of vide making"- Sunset Magazine


 

IMPORTANT DATES  
EZTV was founded in 1979 by video pioneer John 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.


 
 

 


 

 

EZTV  
1629 18th Street Ste. 6
Santa Monica, CA 90404

310 829 3389 

EZTVCyber@aol.com 
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