EARLY PRESS

During the height of print journalism, EZTV received a good deal of press coverage. In the 1980′s and 1990′s Michael J. Masucci received both local and national attention in a wide variety of mainstream, tech-specific and art-specific media:

 

 

“That (Jack) Valenti and EZTV foundation director Michael Masucci should be reinforcing each other’s arguments about budgetary propriety is a jaw dropper in itself, even if they don’t necessarily agree on the means of achieving said propriety. Certainly Masucci’s idea that using digital media for all aspects of production (not just effects and set pieces) has immediate applications for animation, feature or otherwise, where the experimentation phase can be utilized in the name of budget reduction in a way that can’t yet be done with live action." - John Voland

 

On Production ( a Variety Publication

“media revolutionary with digital panache, demonstrating how Hollywood production values can be achieved using today’s desktop technology”

- Top 100 Producers Award, AV Video and Multimedia Producer

 

“media artist and visionary Michael Masucci… the director of EZTV Foundation, a not-for-profit multimedia center, is widely known as a pioneering media artist, but he’s also been teaching filmakers cost-cutting techniques since 1984.”

- David Fiedler, internet.com

 

“His ‘guerilla’ videotapes have been hailed by publications ranging from the L.A. Weekly and the L.A. Times to the trade papers Hollywood Reporter and Variety. An arts activist and musician, Michael divides his time between producing original works, judging tapes for contests and grants, and curating the EZTV Gallery.”

- Linda Jacobson, (From the Book) CyberArts-Exploring Art and Technology

 

“He is a person who looks into the future and takes action to make it happen…It can be postulated that in the years to come we will see Masucci’s visions come true one way or another.”

- Oiva Knuuttila, Tekniikan Nakoalat (Translated from Finnish by the author)

 

“a big-picture guy concerning video and multimedia in an art context.”

- Miles Beller, Artweek

 

“With a clear chronology of work, it’s evident that affordable technology was able to radically reshape the aesthetic vision.”

- Austin Bunn, Wired.com

 

“There is a place where dance and technology can coexist harmoniously and create beautiful moves together…Masucci and Bethune use technology as a means to an end, a tool to express a point, to get the message across. They understand that technology featured as the principal performer will soon wear out its novelty and star quality.”

- Discovery Channel International

 

“Video artist Michael Masucci-scruffy, intense, cerebral.”

- Jody Leader, Daily News

 

” phenomenal…the artists also had the opportunity to hear from moderator and videographer Michael Masucci of EZTV who offered his technical expertise. His suggestions for tactics he has used to produce videos on a shoe string budget were both reassuring and inspiring.” - Nola Mariano, California Arts Council

 

“His affinity for the visual arts had already been nurtured through his job at Modernage Photographics in New York…The company’s client list ranged from giant corporations to famed artists like Richard Avedon..But Masucci’s aesthetic is at odds with the narrative stories and Hollywood film values…He prefers interpretive collaborations with performance artists, dancers and actors looking to stretch themselves.” - Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times

 

 

 

About Some of Michael Masucci’s Productions

 

Dschungel!, “This is very much state-of-the art LA alternative filmmaking, radically edited”

- Rodger Clark, The (London) Independent

 

Killer Apps, “a demonstration of the power of artistic vision”

- Robert Gelman, Live Netcast, 10th Anniversary Digital Be-In

 

Deposition:

“striking and original, “Deposition” combines surreal imagery and haunting narrative to evoke the experience of post-abduction trauma-and, daringly, relates it to the UFO experience.”

- Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times

 

“Deposition presents a surprisingly poetic condensation of various UFO-abductee experiences”

- Greg Stacy, OC Weekly

 

“Far from hysterical, it’s eerie and often visually poetic”

- Mark Chalon Smith, LA Times (Orange County)

 

“Weekend Pick.” - Elmer Dills, KABC-TV

 

“I was really impressed with this…it could be used not just in video organizing and exhibition, but to raise consciousness about issues relating to mental illness and to women, and to empowerment.”

- Arian Manov, KPFK

 

Galileo, Jupiter, Apollo The video artistry of Michael Masucci is as beautiful as it is poignant and intentionally disturbing.”

- Joseph Rosen, Daily Breeze

 

Theater of Dreams, “Knows how to harness the raw energy of video with imagery, editing and a haunting soundtrack that makes a memorable statement.”

- Mary Beth Crane, LA Weekly

 

” Pick of the Week…Museum level.” - Peter Frank, L.A. Weekly

 

“Fast Art for an Accelerated Culture”, “Curated by Michael Masucci, director of West Hollywood’s EZTV video salon and the CyberSpace Gallery, and KCRW’s Liza Richardson, who hosts the experimental performance program Man on the Moon, the show exhibits artists ranging from young unknowns to acid guru and neo-virtual realist Timothy Leary. Something of a Lollapalooza of the art world, the multimedia sideshow will feature works by the newest wunderkinds to roll off the information superhighway, including computer-generated prints (some of which could pass for stills from Metropolis ), images stored digitally on disk, performance-art pieces, experimental videos and even works that sample and manipulate images the way rappers sample sound bites.” - Laura Meyers, Los Angeles Magazine

 

Cradle of Fire,”Cradle of Fire is an unrelenting exposition, illustrating in the broadest and most heart rending scenarios, how the forces of darkness assail the hearts of humankind.”

- Joe Rosen, Santa Monica Evening Outlook

 

“a poignant ‘must see’…served well to illustrate as only pictures can, the horrors of the Death Camps, and brought into sharpest focus the very real results of what happens when prejudice is allowed to run its course.” - The Outlook

 

Ballet Lemuria/BADD TV, “a good, experimental non-narrative video program…two provocative dance videos by Michael Masucci.”

- Michael Wilmington, LA Times

 

Dance Outreach in the People’s Republic, “An inspiring profile…successfully captures Bethune’s uniquely positive approach to dance and life which transcends the barriers of language, hearing and sight impairment…into a world of physical and mental liberation.” - Mary Beth Crane, L.A. Weekly

 

Bird of Passage, “Arresting video images.”

- Hollywood Reporter

 

Murrha, “striking video lyric on images of women and self”

- Michael Wilmington, L.A. Times

 

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