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Chicago Motion Graphics Festival 2009

For Information Contact: Mason Dixon


(Chicago, IL, December 1, 2008) – From the Rolling Stone playing at  
Soldier Field to the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremonies, video  
projection has become a touchstone for live performances.  Chicago has  
long been a live music capital in the nation, and as the cost of video  
projectors fall, the business of music is changing.

“Video can now be ‘played’ just like a musical instrument can be  
played,” explains Mason Dixon, founder of the Chicago Motion Graphics  
Festival, “the lights made for live concerts now project full-motion  
video, and live music performance software like Ableton Live now  
sports video capabilities.”

The 2009 Motion Graphics Festival’s will showcase the “Video Band” at  
it’s Audio Visual Performance Showcase at the Chicago Cultural Center  
on January 25th from 6:30pm to 9pm.  The showcase features some of the  
worlds best talent in this new mode of performance, such as Stoptime  
341 (, the Chicago-based, touring video artist  
for the internationally acclaimed DJ Tiesto, and MFChicago the video  
artists behind Lollapalooza’s video accompaniment.

“What’s really interesting to see now, is how new visual genres will  
form.  How will the video that plays with a rock band be different  
than what is played with a country band?”  Mason theorizes.

The technology behind video for bands has launched a number of online  
communities such as Create Digital Motion ( 
) and VJ Forums (, new software companies like  
VidVox ( and Ableton (, and  
even special stock footage sites such as VJ Loops (http://

The Motion Graphics Festival runs from Monday, January 19th to Sunday  
January 25th in various locations across downtown Chicago.  Up to the  
minute information can be found at

About the Motion Graphics Festival

In its 6th year, MGFest stands as the premier US event showcasing  
creative motion picture design. The festival presents a year-long,  
regionally focused program of events. The 5-city tour
focuses on motion design, sound design, and film & video technology by  
hosting: art showcases, exhibits, workshops, classes, panel  
discussions, studio tours, theater screenings and industry mixers.   
The entire week of events costs only $7 to attend.  Online RSVP  
required at

Festival Sponsors include: The Chicago Convergence, Columbia College,  
Stash DVD Magazine, Maxon, Toolfarm, School of the Art Institute of  
Chicago, Bridges Media Group, Lift Motion Design, Future Media  
Concepts, Create Digital Motion, DigiEffects, Livid Instruments,  
Resolume, Boris FX, All City Technology, Lumen Eclipse, Sterling  
Ledet, VidVox, SXSW Interactive, Mac Specialist, Ableton, Harold  
Washington College, UnScene, and Clif Bar.
// Motion Graphics Festival

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