Thursday, August 11, 2016
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Two double-feature nights with director Penelope SpheerisThursday August 25:
DUDES (1987) and THE EARLY SHORT FILMS OF PENELOPE SPHEERIS
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.
9pm: Panel discussion with Director, Writer and Producer
9:30pm: Short Films Program
Friday August 26th:
SUBURBIA (1983) and THE EARLY SHORT FILMS OF PENELOPE SPHEERIS
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.
THE EARLY SHORT FILMS OF PENELOPE SPHEERIS
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
Each night is $11…or get tickets to both nights for the special “punk price” of $18! We mean it, maaaan.
Posted by Dennis Dread at 1:43 AM
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?
Posted by Dennis Dread at 1:42 AM
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Music From Enchanted Forest actually sold out before we could announce the goddamn release party...and now it appears that the release party is going to sell out much sooner than expected too! Thank you to everyone who grabbed wristbands within the first few days of our announcement. It means a lot to me that this event is resonating so profoundly with so many. If you haven't ordered your wristband yet - and if you wish to see Danava and Thrones perform live at the most spectacular hand-crafted and family-owned amusement park in the nation - I encourage you to do so very soon. You can buy your wristband here. In the meantime, I also urge you to take a moment to read this awesome new interview with Enchanted Forest's Susan Vaslev! It is by far the best piece of writing about the Northwest's most beloved roadside attraction that I've ever read. July 9th will be amazing! That's a promise.
Posted by Dennis Dread at 1:26 AM
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Fourteen year old Dread is very fuckin' impressed right now. Goddamn! The last time I saw The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 on 35mm was the day it came out in 1986, and it was even more incredible looking than I remembered on the big screen! Our deepest gratitude to Bill Moselely for coming to town and laying down one of the most memorable weekends of a very memorable year so far. Special thanks to our pals Doug, Dan, Matt, Nate and everyone at Hollywood Theatre for their continued support and hospitality. Thank you to everyone who came out and gave Bill the warmest of welcomes. It was incredible meeting such dedicated Chainsaw fans! Also, thanks to Judy Fox, photographers Kaili Kallisti, Ben Eastman and a few unidentified strangers for sharing their pics. This Wyrd War will not be stopped. "Peel that pig and slice him thick!"
Posted by Dennis Dread at 10:38 PM