Destroy All Movies!!!: Punks on Film Festival, Presented by Cinefamily
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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!
November 20 @ 4:15pm: Punks on the Small Screen
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. Tonight, 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, with writer/director Fern Field in attendance.
November 20 @ 6:30pm: Times Square
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.
Dir. Allan Moyle, 1980, 35mm, 111 min.
November 20 @ 9:15pm: Class of 1984 (director Mark L. Lester in person!) & _Destroy All Movies _Mondo Mix!
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. 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: D.O.A. (ultra-rare 35mm screening!)
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. 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.
November 21 @ 2:00pm: Urgh! A Music War
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. * *Our 35mm screening of the 90-minute U.S. theatrical version of Urgh! is followed by a presentation of deleted footage found in the international version!
Dir. Derek Burbidge, 1981, 35mm, 90 min.
November 21 @ 4:30: Foreign Eye on Punk (Double Feature — La Brune Et Moi + Shellshock Rock)
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. 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 with flair.
Next is Shellshock Rock, the fiery 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?
La Brune Et Moi Dir. Philippe Puicouyoul, 1980, digital presentation, 50 min.
Shellshock Rock Dir. John T. Davis, 1979, 16mm, 46 min.
November 21 @ 7:00pm: Double Feature — _T__he Slog Movie_ + Desperate Teenage Lovedolls (with director Dave Markey in person!)
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!
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. Next is Dave’s 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.