Ones and Zeros Pixelshow is hosting an entire weekend of LEGO films and fun Aug. 13-14. The Build-A-Brickbuster Pixelfest highlight is the awards show, honoring the winners of its international Build-A-Brickbuster contest, which has been searching for the best brick flicks around the world, but the opportunities for people living in the Denver/Boulder area are just beginning.
In addition to the Awards Show 7 p.m. Saturday evening, there will also be a 2 p.m. matinee, Best of the Bricks, a historical survey of the seminal works of the genre, from 1970s educational films to LEGO Universe. Immediately following the matinee will be a free Meet the Makers with developers of LEGO Universe in Louiseville, CO.
Local professional LEGO builder Duane Hess of COWLug.net will supply a LEGO City in the Broomfield Auditorium Lobby. Members of the club of adult builders will also join the Broomfield Railroad Club and members of the public who wish to purchase lots to display their LEGO creations for fame and prizes in Joanna Town. All proceeds will go to Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado.
(Buildings can be put on display between noon and 5 p.m. Judging ends at 6 p.m. and people can take their building home any time after that until the end of the Awards show. Purchase lots here.)
There will also be local vendors and other activities.
Sunday, the animation organization ASIFA Denver will host a Build a Brick Flick workshop for free, where kids, teens and adults can use LEGO bricks provided by COWLug.net, and perhaps sets from Joanna Town.
ASIFA has done similar workshops for the GI JOE Festival, including one for September. The Festival’s founder, Gio Toninelo, will be at the 5 p.m. showing of Tinsel Toys to show some films from past years. Tinsel Toys will also show brick flicks and other toy-related films.
Ones and Zeros wanted to host the contest because many animators get their start with LEGO elements, which offer an easy way to create sets and ready-made characters to pose, allowing the maker to concentrate on stop-motion, editing and other skills. Plus, it was a great way to include LEGO Universe, which is made in nearby Louisville.
Noon – 7 p.m. – JOANNA TOWN EPILEPSY FUNDRAISER: People who reserved a lot online can set up their buildings for display. To be considered, a building must be in place by 5 p.m. Judging ends at 6 p.m. and can be taken home after that.
2 p.m. BEST OF THE BRICKS: a survey of the seminal works from the genre, including “Camelot” included on the Monty Python: Holy Grail DVD, the educational film “Drugs are Like That” and some of the first LEGO films made. Also, brick flicks by local animators and members of the Machinima Club.
MEET THE MAKERS: (free) Meet the creators of LEGO Universe immediately following the Best Of show. Attendees include:
Steven Langmuir – Database Architect
Michael Starks – Senior Programmer
Chris Thigpen – Release Coordinator
David Jackson – QA Tester
7 p.m. BUILD-A-BRICKBUSTER WINNERS – A screening of the finalists and winners. Awards provided by LEGO Universe.
Sunday, August 14,
1-4 p.m. ASIFA’s BUILD A BRICK FLICK – learn how to make your own Brick Flick with top animators. (free)
5 p.m. – TINSEL TOYS: Screening of past ASIFA workshops, brick flicks and other toys. Gio Toninelo of the GI Joe Festival will show some pieces from past years and talke about the festival with the audience. ASIFA will also try to show result of this and past workshops. (free for Build a Brick Flick workshop attendees)
$10 package for whole weekend; $5 General Admission for TINSEL TOYS and BEST OF THE BRICKS; $8; $5 students and seniors for BUILD-A-BRICKBUSTER WINNERS. Kids 10 and under free for all shows.
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/180816 or 1-800-838-3006.