RE/Search Publications PRESENTS "The First Annual Pranks Film Festival"
April 1, 2, 3 at The Roxie Cinema (Tu,Wed,Thur)
3117 16th Street by Valencia, San Francisco CA 94133
Tickets $10 per day for all shows. RE/Search books will be on sale.
Ticket and other information:
Benefit for RE/Search Publications (April 3 Thur 9PM Show Special
Benefit for Todd Blair of SRL)
For interviews or more information please contact
TEL (415) 362-1465
(schedule subject to possible change)
TUES, APRIL 1, 2008.
PRANKS SHORT FILMS: (100 min.)
"Best of Faux" selected shorts for Pranks Film Festival
Introduced by Faux Film Festival Director, Mike Shkolnik, Portland, OR
Films: 12 Hot Women, Jimmy's House of Hugs, Superciliary Program, !The Inedible Bulk, Truth In Advertising, The Strange Case of Ray Milland, Zombie Vegetarians, New Testament, Reemco Atomic Broom, Zombie-American, Torsten Kretchzmar - Entschlossenheit
MAL SHARPE PRESENTS: COYLE & SHARPE RARE VIDEOS
Coyle and Sharpe were the early masters of street pranks and put-ons. Using hidden microphones, they clandestinely recorded their bizarre encounters with unsuspecting citizens on the streets of San Francisco in the 1960's.
IN PERSON LIVE: MAL SHARPE - INTERVIEW / Q&A by V. Vale
ABEL RAISES CAIN: (82 min.)
a documentary by Jenny Abel and Jeff Hockett
Long before the deluge of reality TV dolts who drum up media attention with acts of idiocy, there was Alan Abel, a culture-jamming comic wit a conscience. The director of the 1970s cult films IS THERE SEX AFTER DEATH? and THE FAKING OF THE PRESIDENT, Abel has made a name for himself several times over with media stunts that are just ridiculous enough to be believable – especially to a media that feeds on salacious, far-fetched stories. Abel's mock-moral crusade "Citizens Against Breastfeeding" stirred controversy in the late 1990s, just as his "Society for Indecency to Naked Animals" had in the 1960s. Both groups made asinine calls for morality in America, and while both were complete jokes, for long stretches the only one in on the jokes was Abel himself and whomever he had brought along for the ride. From time to time, that "whomever" was his daughter, Jenny Abel. ABEL RAISES CAIN is Jenny's film, and it is as much a biography of her father as it is an exploration of her family life. What was it like to be raised by a man who always had a trick up his sleeve, and whose tricks always brought the media vultures swirling? Jenny was ostensibly in on the jokes, but, as we see in this oddly poignant film, it was never easy being raised by the one throwing the punch lines. (Patton Dodd, IFFB)
PRANKS SHORTS From Faux Film Festival
(REPEAT of 5 PM show - see above)
WED April 2, 2008.
THE YES MEN FILM (90 min)
The story follows Andy and Mike from their beginnings with
GWBush.com, and on to their scandalous parody of the WTO's website. Some visitors don't notice the site is a fake, and send speaking invitations meant for the real WTO. Mike and Andy play along with the ruse and soon find themselves attending important functions as WTO representatives. Delighted to speak for the organization they oppose, Andy and Mike don thrift-store suits and set out to shock their unwitting audiences with darkly comic satires on global free trade.
The Yes Men is directed by Dan Olman, Sarah Price, and Chris Smith
With SHORT FILMS: "Nectar of the Cyclops" by Rock Ross, and "Hot Leatherette" by Robert Nelson (total time 10 min.)
BILLBOARD LIBERATION FRONT / CULTURE JAM segment
CULTURE JAM: Hijacking Commercial Culture (50 min.)
CultureJam: Hijacking Commercial Culture" delivers a fascinating rap on the 20th century movement called "Culture Jamming".
- Directed by Jill Sharpe.
IN PERSON LIVE: BLANK DECOVERLY (CIO for BLF) & MILTON RAND KALMAN (chief scientist for BLF) -- Interview/Q&A by V. Vale
Will be followed by:
PROGRAM OF SHORT FILMS:
"Art of Bleeding" by REVEREND AL (L.A. Cacophony Society) (3 min.)
"STINK" by DEAN SNIDER (5 min.)
"Army Girls Gone Wild" by Jihad Jerry of DEVO (4 min.)
PRANKS VIDEO from RE/Search: excerpt of Joe Coleman segment (8 min.)
Plus additional local experimental shorts (total time: approx. 25 min.)
THE YES MEN FILM (repeat of 5pm show) WITH SHORT FILMS:
Taking the Night by FRANK DISCUSSION (3 min.)
PRANKS VIDEO from RE/Search -- Frank Discussion segment (8 min.)
THUR APRIL 3
ST STUPID'S DAY PARADE shot by Marian Wallace (20 min)
Joey Skaggs video collection from his press pranks (15 min)
The Not-Yet-Ascended Master of Media Manipulation, who recently appeared on prime-time TV for his invention: "The Bullsh*t Detector."
IN PERSON LIVE: HARMON LEON Show (25 min) Harmon Leon will present a representation of his media pranks. Harmon Leon is one of America's top infiltrators and media pranksters. His films have appeared at festivals all around the world. He is also the author of six books, including the upcoming Brother's Rjukerooka (RE/Search Books), and The American Dream (Nation Books).
Chuck Cirino's Santa Rampage 95 (10 min)
CAR HUNT by CHUCK CIRINO (6 min.) documents the now legendary event organized in 1995 where a group of friends took an Oldsmobile station wagon, installed a remote-control guidance system, and then
"hunted" it down in a Nevada desert using an assortment of guns while riding in chase vehicles.
PRANKS VIDEO from RE/Search -- Karen Finley segment (8 min.)
Plus MORE!! PRANKS!! on SCREEN!!
HEAD TRIP (85 minutes) -- Theatrical Premiere! -- A documentary film by John Law and Flecher Fleudujon.
Produced by Central Services and Truth Serum Productions In affiliation with Laughing Squid www.laughingsquid.com -- This film chronicles the journey of the Bay Area's iconic "Doggie Diner Heads" www.doggiediner.com on a singular cross-country trek to New York City.
Just as the bombs started falling on Baghdad in early 2003, some of San Francisco most eccentric performers and whimsical characters (Bishop Joey/Ed Holmes, Steven Raspa, Blake More, Jarico Reese, etc.) set out for New York City accompanied by three ten foot tall, three hundred pound fiberglas Dachshund Heads. Careening across America, the crew visits the Grand Canyon, Graceland, the Gateway Arch, Mt. Rushmore, the Washington Monument and many other celebrated roadside attractions along the way. Hauled in tow behind the SF Cyclecide Bike Rodeo's www.cyclecide.com 1966 Gillig
Autobus, the Doggies encounter the spirit of America during a
confusing period. Roadside encounters with citizens and rendezvous with eccentric artist comrades through out the "Middle" States are the heart of this journey.
Head Trip is narrated by KPFA radio personality, cartoonist, erudite master of ceremonies, High Priest of the Church of the SubGenius and national treasure Hal (Dr. Howlin' Owl) Robins.
Interview subjects include: cartoonist Bill Griffith (Zippy the
Pinhead), Ron Turner (Last Gasp Comix), Harold Bachman (designer of the Doggie motif in the 1950's) Cyclecide impresario Jarico Reese, and tough guy screenwriter & novelist Floyd Salas.
Music by: The Billy Nayer Show, Savage Republic, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Chicken John Rinaldi, Psychic TV, Phat Mandee, Sprocket Ensemble, The Phenomenauts, The Yard Dogs Roadshow, Nervous Cabaret, Polkacide, Kathy McKarty (singing Daniel Johnson,) Los Banos and Three Day Stubble.
IN PERSON LIVE: Filmmakers FLECHER FLEUDUJON & JOHN LAW INTERVIEW / Q&A by V. Vale
John Law is a co-founder of the original Burning Man festival, and an original member of the Suicide Club and the Cacophony Society. Flecher Fleudujon is a film professional and co-founder of the Yard Dogs Roadshow Revue.
9PM Special SRL PROGRAM - TODD BLAIR BENEFIT
SEPARATE ADMISSION $10 to benefit Todd Blair
MAKER FAIRE, 2007, SRL machine demonstration video (10 min)
SRL at The LAB, 2003, SRL machine demonstration video (3 min)
PRANKS VIDEO from RE/Search -- Mark Pauline segment (8 min)
IN PERSON LIVE: INTERVIEW / Q&A with SRL Crew Member TBA
SRL at UC Berkeley Art Museum 2003 -- DUAL SCREEN video of machine demonstration (22 min.) filmed by Scott Beale (Laughing Squid) and Marian Wallace (RE/Search)
CLOSING PRANKS / SRL PARTY at Homestead, Folsom/19th St (no host bar)
Official Website: http://www.pranksfilmfestival.com
Added by ulrika_da on March 19, 2008