Sunday, August 28, 2016


Screenwriter/producer Miguel Tejada-Flores, Dread and Penelope backstage.

 Screenwriter Randall Jahnson and son Dylan.

Miguel's selfie.

Here's one we found online by "Lou Velvet."

 Another nice one we found online by "Brainkief."

If you were there, you understand the significance of this title frame from Penelope's 35mm print.

 Boba Brett, one of the homeless kids from Decline of Western Civilization part 3, is all grown up and he came out Friday for Suburbia.

Are there any punk rock orthodontists out there??

Thank you to EVERYONE who ventured out during a 99 degree heatwave this week to support our historical Wyrd War "Summer Bummer" with the crowned Queen of Punk Rock Cinema, Ms. Penelope Spheeris! Very special thanks to screenwriters Miguel Tejada-Flores and Randall Jahnson for joining us on stage Thursday night for an illuminating and hilarious panel discussion on the making of Dudes (1987), among many other incredible tangents and ruminations. Thanks to everyone at the Hollywood Theatre for their unwavering support and hospitality. Thanks also to young Baron Fox for editing the short films collection, the Academy Film Archive for the beautiful digital restoration from the original 16mm reels, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for loaning us the only known 35mm print of Dudes! Last but certainly not least, thank you to Penelope Spheeris for sharing her personal 35mm print of Suburbia and for making this a weekend we will never forget. I was too busy to take any pics, but luckily "Lou Velvet," "Brainkief," Miguel, Penelope, Baron and Meadow remembered to take a few. Here's something else worth remembering: TOMORROW BELONGS TO US!

Thursday, August 11, 2016


"Later days."

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Two double-feature nights with director Penelope Spheeris   

Thursday August 25:

IT’S SUMMER! Time to hit the wide-open American highway and follow your bliss to your true purpose…or die trying! Join us for a rare 35mm screening of the obscure cult classic Dudes (1987), followed by a panel discussion with director Penelope Spheeris, screenwriter Randall Jahnson and producer Miguel Tejada-Flores moderated by Wyrd War's Dennis Dread. Take a trip with Jon Cryer (Pretty in Pink), Daniel Roebuck (River’s Edge) and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) as they slam dance their way across the country à la Easy Rider and bang heads with a redneck biker gang led by Lee Ving (FEAR) and infamous punk rock album cover artist “Mad” Marc Rude. Dudes is a hilarious and heartbreaking saga in the American countercultural tradition popularized by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, boasting a high octane soundtrack featuring W.A.S.P., Jane’s Addiction, The Vandals, The Leather Nun and more! We are delighted to screen the only known 35mm print courtesy of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Moving Image Archives.

7:30pm: Dudes
9pm: Panel discussion with Director, Writer and Producer
9:30pm: Short Films Program

Friday August 26th:

We return with a rare 35mm screening of Suburbia (1983)! Produced by exploitation mogul Roger Corman, Suburbia transcends genre to emerge as an almost anthropological study of the early 80s squatter punk movement of southern California. It has since become something of a rite of passage for nearly every disenfranchised adolescent looking to find their tribe beyond the fringes of the smug status quo. Cigarette burns, nose piercings, head-shavings, slam dancing and Manic Panic dying rituals. It’s all here in Penelope’s unintentional “How-To” film that has been lovingly embraced by generations of snarling punks throughout the world, even as it has been condemned by hand-wringing parents and the grimacing Moral Majority. The soundtrack features D.I., The Vandals and T.S.O.L. and, naturally, it rules. We will be screening a beautiful 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

Both nights include a very rare screening of the complete short films of Penelope Spheeris, beautifully restored by the Academy Film Archive. The shorts collection is a full 88 minute journey into the creative foundry of one of Hollywood’s living legends. A true renegade badass, Spheeris delivered punk rock kicking and screaming to mainstream consciousness with caustic humor and finely attuned sensitivity. In spite of an industry that is especially unforgiving to its female talent, Spheeris unwaveringly pursued her wild visions over the course of four decades…and came out on top! Produced between 1968 and 1972, with the exception of No Use Walkin’ from 1998, her short films are a dynamic and inspiring way to experience her creative brilliance as a spiritual misfit and “Outsider” insider. We are extremely fortunate to show them both nights with Spheeris in attendance to illuminate the wild visions of bellbottoms, drag queens, crying clowns and born-to-lose margin walkers that cast the die for her now legendary oeuvre. See the world as it will never be again.

7:30pm: Short Films Program w/ Introduction by Penelope Spheeris
9:15pm: Suburbia

Each night is $11…or get tickets to both nights for the special “punk price” of $18! We mean it, maaaan.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


VICTORY! The indomitable A.K. Wilson perfectly summarized our record release party at Enchanted Forest with one beautiful photo. Of course that didn't stop me from posting a ton of other gems from this mind-blowing occasion. Many of the photos here are courtesy of Alyssa Herrman of FOTO PHORTRESS and the rest are by A.K. Wilson and Meadow, as usual, with a few nice ones from Drew Wilson and Jessie Detwiller added for good measure (hope I didn't forget anyone). Who knew our Music From Enchanted Forest LP would sell out before we could even announce the release party? And who knew the release party would sell out in two weeks?? Not us. But we sure ain't complaining. Thanks to ALL of you who came out and shared a dream come true. Very special thanks to Danava, Thrones, Susan Vaslev and Possibly Irish for spectacular performances in a truly enchanted environment. Thank you to founder/visionary Roger Tofte for building a special piece of paradise right along Interstate 5 and to the entire extended Tofte Family for allowing us to celebrate your beloved kingdom in all our spiked denim and leather splendor. Lastly thanks to Jordan Dent and Derek Vaslev for managing the stage and welcoming us so warmly. See ya all real soon, eh?