Destroy All Movies!!!!: The Complete Guide To Punks On Film|
Friday, November 12 2010
Presented by Cinefamily/The Silent Movie Theater
Co-presented by Fantagraphics, Alamo Drafthouse, Razorcake and Part Time Punks
A full-on nuclear assault from Cinefamily, the Alamo Drafthouse and "Destroy
All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film", the massive new book
from Fantagraphics! From teenage ragers to mohawked post-apocalyptic
gutteroids to actual, bona fide punks, this two-day multi-event mega movie
showcase of pure power is a brick in the face of every film snob and/or high
school principal! The book's editors, Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly, will
be on hand to casually guide you through the garbage-strewn annals of punk
celluloid history. This is the final stop on their West Coast book tour, and
they’re saving all the special guests, surprises and chaos for the grand
finale! Plus, Sticky Rick's will be here to curate a punk sticker
display in the Cinefamily lobby!
The "Destroy All Movies" Weekend Pass not only allows you free entry into
every show in the fest, but also guarantees you early entry into every show,
and lets you into the Sunday "Destroy..." afterparty at Part Time Punks for
Weekend pass - $35/$20 members (NOTE: weekend passes will not be available
at the box office during the fest. Sales of weekend passes will end
Thursday, Nov. 18, 6:00pm, and are limitied to a quantity of 100.)
Individual shows - $10/$6 members
Get tickets here.
The Silent Movie Theater: 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles CA 90036
TV Party Tonight: Punks On The Small Screen
November 20 | 4:15pm
By the late ‘70s, punk rock’s ripple effects had invaded exploitation films
and documentaries around the globe, and it didn’t take much longer for
Hollywood studios to sink in their hooks. The final blow, however, came when
sitcoms, cartoons, soaps and Afterschool Specials introduced their
candy-colored variations of punks to an ill-prepared home viewing audience.
Soon enough, Grandma was scratching her head while the heroes of “CHiPs”
educated America on the art of slamdancing, and the cartoonishly inaccurate
portrayals of these seemingly sci-fi savages burned themselves into the
collective consciousness forever. Tonight, we hearken back to when the TV
industry broadcasted New Wave straight to the grave, with clips from
forgotten goldmines (The Dickies vs. Don Rickles on “CPO Sharkey”!);
treasured classics (“Quincy”, anyone?), legendary instances of punks in news
broadcasts (think Black Flag on "Entertainment Tonight"), and all 45 minutes
of the seldom-seen Afterschool Special The Day My Kid Went Punk..
November 20 | 6:30pm
The defining youth street epic of the colliding '70s/'80s, featuring music
by Gary Numan, Roxy Music, The Ruts, Patti Smith, Ramones, Talking Heads and
more! Two teenage New York City girls -- one a politician’s daughter, the
other a street urchin -- run away from a mental ward together and forge a
relationship on the sketchy streets of “the Deuce”. They soon link up with
DJ Johnny LaGuardia (Tim Curry) and form an underground punk rock band,
which becomes a hit with the city's disillusioned youth after their volatile
songs are played on LaGuardia's show. But will the girls’ reckless youth be
their own undoing? One of the first teen movies to feature predominantly
punk and new wave music, Times Square was helmed by Allan Moyle, who later
went onto craft other fun films with wall-to-wall great soundtracks like
Pump Up The Volume and Empire Records. Skillfully, capturing the distinct
essence of post-’70s New York, Times Square wonderfully immortalizes the
famous district of decay that has since been transformed into the
characterless mega-mall we now know today.
Dir. Allan Moyle, 1980, 35mm, 111 min.
Class of 1984
"Destroy All Movies" Mondo Mix!
November 20 | 9:15pm
One of the most vicious and hateful exploitation movies of the ’80s, and one
that’s more entertaining than a 50-pound bag of armageddon! Whether you’re
into punk, viciousness, vengeance, or have just always fantasized about
seeing Michael J. Fox getting stabbed, this is one you cannot miss. A rabid
pack of rampaging punk teens run our schools, our drugs and our prostitutes.
Brutality and decadence are everywhere. Enter novice teacher Perry King,
who’s forced to violently turn the tables on the bloodthirsty gang before
their trashwave swallows the town alive. Class of 1984 is a perfect
exploitation film: it’s relentlessly seedy, overflowing with assault,
suicide, racism, drug use and crime, crime, CRIME!, all of which is
perpetrated by minors. But beyond all this, there’s a bitterly absorbing air
of human helplessness and leather-clad heartlessness that makes this movie
the flat-out best in its genre. If you don’t go, we’ll chain-whip your ass
to dust. Director Mark L. Lester will be here in person for a Q&A after the
film -- and the program kicks off with an insane Mondo megamix of punks on
film (curated by Zack Carlson and edited by Everything Is Terrible!)
Class of 1984 Dir. Mark L. Lester, 1982, 35mm, 98 min.
November 20 | midnight
A verité exploration of punk rock’s awkward adolescence, and one of the most
important documentaries of the genre! The heavy, meaty D.O.A. features a
bevy of awesome performances by the likes of X-Ray Spex, Generation X and
the Dead Boys, fly-on-the-wall footage from the Sex Pistols’ ill-fated ‘78
U.S. tour (including a hilarious stop in Tulsa, where a bible-thumper’s
raised banner alliteratively contrasts Johnny Rotten against Jesus to prove
that punk is indeed an export from the fiery pits), and an in-depth survey
of kooky London scenesters. Director Lech Kowalski provides a more objective
view than Wolfgang Büld’s Punk in London, or Penelope Spheeris’ mighty The
Decline of Western Civilization, as he establishes a tangible, humorous
division between the bands and their devotees, especially noticeable where
the Sex Pistols are concerned; in all, that group is given star billing but
painted as a festering symptom of punk’s uprising, destined to implode
before their veneer of feral social terrorism could fade with time.
Ultra-rare and raucous as hell, D.O.A. is both a priceless live document,
and a fierce jab into the eye of established punk orthodoxy.
Dir. Lech Kowalski, 1980, 35mm, 90 min.
Urgh! A Music War
November 21 | 2:00pm
This legendary concert film is the cinematic equivalent of a tried-and-true
mixtape: a non-stop whirlwind of great bands spanning the new wave/punk
gamut. In 1980, director Derek Burbidge filmed jam-packed bills in L.A.,
NYC, London and France, to capture in a Woodstock-ian presentation the bands
on the cutting edge of rock and synthpop: Devo, Dead Kennedys, X, The
Cramps, Oingo Boingo, Gang of Four, The Police, Wall of Voodoo, Klaus Nomi,
Gary Numan, OMD, Pere Ubu, Magazine and more. Rarely were these bands --
some of whom existed a very short time -- afforded the full lavish film
shoot treatment, which makes Urgh! the definitive close-up peek at some of
the most furious underground groups of the era. It's also an intriguing
snapshot of the era's fans, decked out in period gear and acting extra-wacky
for the camera! Our 35mm screening of the 90-minute U.S. theatrical version
of Urgh! is followed by a presentation of deleted footage found in the
Dir. Derek Burbidge, 1981, 35mm, 90 min.
La Brune Et Moi
November 21 | 4:30pm
Two vastly underseen films celebrating the early punk rock diaspora!
Considered a "lost" film until its very recent re-discovery, La Brune Et Moi
is a whizz-bang tour through the Parisian punk underground, co-starring
Pierre Clementi (The Conformist) and a long list of energetic Gallic bands
like Metal Urbain, the Go-Go Pigalles and Astroflash. In 1980, director
Philippe Puicouyoul "borrowed" the production gear in order to clandestinely
knock out this paean to one of the high points in the history of French rock
'n roll. With a threadbare plot, the film is really an effervescent excuse
to showcase the best 'n brightest of the scene at the time, which it does
Next is Shellshock Rock, the firey 1979 account of the Belfast, Ireland
scene. “This lyrical [punk] snapshot offers a perspective we rarely see -- a
geniality behind the camera and a rather adorable innocence in front of it.
The members of The Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers and Rudi are dealing
with a different world than their more famous counterparts in England. These
Protestant and Catholic rockers are looking more to avoid political trouble.
Could this be punk rock as escapism? Shellshock Rock makes no effort to
orientate the viewer; there are no subtitles to help non-Irish ears with
that Belfast brogue, nor is anyone identified, yet we understand everything
emotionally. It paints its subject from an emotional palette of look,
feeling and atmosphere, and we become deeply involved across the span of
geography and time.” (The Washington Post)
La Brune Et Moi Dir. Philippe Puicouyoul, 1980, digital presentation, 50
Shellshock Rock Dir. John T. Davis, 1979, 16mm, 46 min.
The Slog Movie
Desperate Teenage Lovedolls
November 21 | 7:00pm
Join punk lifers Dave Markey, Jennifer Schwartz and Jordan Schwartz as they
treat us to two of their seminal Super-8 battle cries from the early ‘80s
L.A. underground! Plus, we'll be screening other surprises from their We Got
Power film gang, so shave your head, stab your parents and come on down!
First up is the wildly underseen The Slog Movie, presented in its incredible
full-length version. Beyond the chaotic live footage of bands like Fear,
TSOL, Circle Jerks and Sin 24, there’s a rarely captured bashfulness in the
local punk teens, shying away from the lens, sipping their sodas at Oki Dog
until the cops arrive. Markey's documentary style is more personal than
traditionally structured, careening between shows, conversations, hamming
and accidental moments of awkward hilarity. The subjects treat Markey as an
equal; it's clear that this film could only have been made by someone in,
from and dedicated to the scene it covers. Next is Dave’s hilarious,
reckless and outrageously ambitious Desperate Teenage Lovedolls, a funhouse
mirror reflection of the rags-to-riches and rise-and-fall stories happening
across the then-already-devolving L.A. punk landscape. Jennifer Schwartz and
Hilary Rubens play best friends combing the city to complete the lineup for
their band The Lovedolls. The girls sleep in abandoned buildings, practice
their songs on stolen equipment, and run afoul of Venice gang The
She-Devils. Featuring a who's-who of '80s L.A. backyard filmmaking!
The Slog Movie Dir. Dave Markey, 1982, DigiBeta, 59 min.
Desperate Teenage Lovedolls Dir. Dave Markey, 1984, DigiBeta, 60 min.
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