Tinseltown Throwdown: Pixels of Fury Goes Video in LA

It’s time to find out what happens when video editors stop hiding behind their monitors and start getting real! On Thursday, August 21, Pixels of Fury will take a new form for the very first time, when five LA-based video editors face off at Siren Studios to see who can make the most compelling video in 45 minutes.

And guess what? You’re invited!

We’d love to have you join us for what is sure to be an exceptionally exciting night of competition and fun, featuring a Bosco Photo Booth, DJ Michael David (of Classixx fame), delicious Umami burgers, amazing Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches, and an open bar (featuring beer provided by Newcastle Brown Ale and whiskey courtesy of Bushmills).

Come and cast your vote for the best video of the night, then help us toast the winner, who will take home a $500 American Express gift card, Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve 11 (the world’s highest-performance on-set, editing, and color-correction solution), and a sweet pair of Grado SR325e Prestige Series on-ear headphones. Each of the five contestants will also take home their very own pair of high-end Grado Gr-10 in-ear headphones, courtesy of Grado, along with a high-powered Vimeo Pro account of their very own, courtesy of Vimeo.

Everyone in attendance is also encouraged to enter our napkin-sketch contest, judged via Instagram, and the winner will take home a GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition camera!

Read on for complete details on our five contestants and the host/MC for the evening, Dimitri Simakis.

Daysha Broadway

Born and raised in LA, Daysha developed an interest in film editing at an early age. She received her first video camera at age 14, and by 16 had shot and cut an award-winning short film.

Daysha went on to earn her Masters Degree in Film Editing from Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University, then received her Avid certification before acquiring an Assistant Editing gig at Bravo.

Currently, Daysha is an Editor on the reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians (Bunim/Murray Productions). Previous television credits include The Real World, and MTV’s The Challenge.

Peggy Davis

Peggy had her editorial debut with the indie movie The Sky Is Falling, starring Teri Garr. Other feature work includes The Big Kahuna, starring Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and Danny Devito, and the critically acclaimed award-winning documentaries The First Year (directed by Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim) and Downtown Locals. She is currently working on the soon-to-be acclaimed film Daddy and Uneasy Lies the Mind – a movie shot entirely on the iPhone and featured in August’s American Cinematographer – comes out next month.

Davis has edited movies that have screened at Sundance and Toronto, won awards at Full Frame and The San Francisco International Film Festival, and received national broadcasts on PBS and MTV.

Nick Duke

Nick Duke is an editor with a passion for film that sparked to life when he was 11, when he starting learning the basics of storytelling by making shoestring-budget VHS films. Nick is a graduate from the Los Angeles Film School and has worked in television, independent film, and online content. He currently works at CTRL.me, a state-of-the-art multirotor products and services company specializing in solutions for aerial video and photography.

Jared M. Dort

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, but now based in Burbank, Jared studied photojournalism (with a specialization in audio/video production) at Ohio University. When he’s not busy working as an Editor or Director on projects for Blue Crab Productions, a company he co-founded, Jared works as a trailer editor for Open Road Entertainment. In his time away from the editing bay, Jared enjoys playing sand volleyball and ultimate frisbee.

Chris May

Chris May is an LA-based editor specializing in stylized promos and feature films, and his recent clients include Sony, Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, and MTV. Having started in his parents’ basement, where he cut music videos for local Chicago bands on VHS, he slowly ventured into creating visual installations for international DJs and runway shows. After years of experience with live video, May moved to Los Angeles and created Top Floor, a dance show that combined a live event, video art, and dancers on webcams. His recent credits include spots for Ford, Butterfinger, Transformers 4, and the upcoming feature film The Night Is Young.


Pixels of Fury LA Host: Dimitri Simakis

Dimitri Simakis is a Los Angeles-based artist and video producer. He is the cofounder of the ever-popular found-footage site Everything Is Terrible!, and his art has been shown in galleries around the world. His client list includes The New York Times, Disney, Adult Swim, MTV, and Funny Or Die, among others. Dimitri rides the line between art and video, having created title design for shows airing on The Disney Channel and Comedy Central, in addition to doing character design for an upcoming animated show on Nickelodeon. Dimitri has produced for Current TV, Conan, and, most recently, BuzzFeed. Last but not least, Dimitri is a programmer for The Cinefamily (the world’s greatest movie theater), where he hosts monthly screenings and is the director of the Everything Is Festival, now in its fifth year. Dimitri really likes the VHS format and believes our culture peaked in 1986.