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Boston Indie Filmmaker, Video Artists Hit The Road To Host
Retrospective, Surreal Film Showcase at The Cable Car Cinema

(Boston, MA, 8/20/09) – Indie filmmaker D.L. Polonsky and video artist
Mike Phelan O’Toole, after a series of acclaimed screenings at
Brookline, MA’s famous Coolidge Corner Theatre, announce the arrival
of “D.L. Polonsky’s Non-Violent Anarchy Film Festival” to Rhode
Island. This Polonsky “career retrospective” showcase will be a two
hour movie screening of eclectic low budget films, animation,
nontraditional music videos and esoteric video art, taking place at
Providence’s historic Cable Car Cinema on September 3rd at 9:30PM. The
show will be emceed by O’Toole, noted for his caustic wit in spoken
word performance, and the colorful pun-spouting Polonsky himself. A
lively question and answer session will follow the films. The event is
sponsored in part by prolific Boston video artist and cable access
show producer Lawrence Hollie.

Polonsky’s innovative work dates back to when he was a young boy,
crafting strange and provocative films with his brother, Gabriel. The
event will exhibit a selection of modern work, such as “To Mock a
Killing Bird,” a slapstick anti-war comedy about a
draft-dodger, set from 1972-74, and Midlife Cowboy, wherein, a cowboy,
fed up with our ubiquitous computer culture, indulges in a little of
his own “computer hacking” by smashing a computer with an axe, as well
as older, rare gems, such as “Ersatz;” made in 1974, when D.L. was 13.
This is a short film about a pulp novel writer who carries around her
dead father’s head. A Disease Called Man, a far-out crime drama, stars
O’Toole and Hollie. The film Urban Fairy, about an extraterrestrial
wanting to fly back to his planet, was co-edited by O’Toole and
Polonsky. For more information on the film lineup, “D.L. Polonsky’s
Non-Violent Anarchy Film Festival,” and to arrange interviews, please
contact Mike Phelan O’Toole.

As an Editor’s Pick, Shaula Clark, of The Boston Phoenix, proclaims
Polonsky’s “Nonviolent Anarchy” fest to include “The kind of films
that could revolutionize cinema, nonviolently or otherwise.”
Additionally, for those wanting to pin down D.L.’s style, The
Brookline Tab’s Alex Stevens winkingly suggests to “Think David Lynch,
without all the mainstream storytelling.”

The showcase comes out of a desire from the trio to expand their live
audience, and reward quality creative efforts that may be overlooked
by more pretentious “festival” outlets, “It’s a very D.I.Y, punk
approach. We want to show people that these different works can be
innovative and entertaining, and that the personalities behind them
are just as interesting,” says O’Toole. “We saw it was important to
expand outside the Boston area, and we’re really excited to meet a new
audience. D.L.’s flicks are so wild. He deserves to see his work up on
the big screen, live, and so do underground film fans everywhere. The
Q&A afterwards is the best!”

In addition to his video work, Polonsky has made a name for himself in
the Allston area as the anti-Shepard Fairy, plastering his artwork up
wherever it will stick, while simultaneously having had political
portraits published in several major newspapers and magazines.
Additionally, he has had a children’s book published that he
wrote/illustrated titled “The Letter Bandits.”

Hollie and O’Toole have been advocates of collaborative media, and
purveyors of unique video art, as producers/ hosts of the cable access
show “Random Acts,” for seven years, in addition to having co-founded
the multi-artist alternative film showcase series “Experimentally
ILL,” which has been warmly received by Boston press and audiences.
They are recipients of separate “Most Innovative” awards from The
Alliance For Community Media for their creative productions.

The next “Non-Violent Anarchy Film Fest” event, with a fresh lineup,
tours to The Provincetown Art House, in Provincetown, MA, October
24th, 2009.