Strange Notes and Nervous Breakdowns: Punk and Media Art, 1974-1981
- Johanna Went on New Wave Theater
- Richard Newton - I'm Going out in the RAIN
- Michael Intriere - Nervous Gender - "Cardinal Newman"
January 12, 2012, 7:00PM
MOCA Ahmanson Theater, MOCA, 250 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
Punk and the Do It Yourself aesthetic were born in the late 1970s. Most scholarship on punk film and video has focused on works from New York and San Francisco, but Los Angeles also was home to a rich scene of such media. In conjunction with Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974–1981, Los Angeles Filmforum presents this amazing collection of rarely screened performances by punk bands of the era, performance art, and D.I.Y. works. We’ll be seeing performances from the early days by the Screamers, X, Suburban Lawns, Black Flag, Los Plugz, Johanna Went, and more. Some display the raw energy of real rock and roll, and some show the playful energy of early video manipulation - the explorations of a new medium by a new generation.
Special Thanks for Tonight’s show to Johanna Went, Kristine McKenna, Mark Wheaton, Ian Marshall & Research Video, Rene Daalder, Michael Intriere, EJ Emmons, Amy Halpern, Eugene Timiraos, Eleonora Monacella and Broadway Video Enterprises, Bradley Friedman.
Tickets: This screening is free but we ask that you kindly make a reservation, which will be honored on a first-come first-served basis.
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Films to be Screened
Never Mind the Sex Pistols, Here's The Bullocks (1979, 30 min., b&w video, sound)
Directed by Cynthia Gianelli and Paul Allen Newell
An extraordinary document of the early Los Angeles punk scene, largely shot in 1977, with performances by The Avengers, The Bags, The Dead Boys, The Screamers, and The Weirdos, and interviews with many people involved with the scene.
Gidget Goes to Hell (ca. 1980, 2 min., color, sound)
Directed by Jonathan DemmeShort film featuring Suburban Lawns, last seen on Saturday Night live in 1980.
I'm Going Out in the RAIN, by Richard Newton
I'm Going Out in the RAIN (1978, 3:30, color, sound, super8mm transferred to video)
Directed by Richard NewtonIt's raining. That's a big deal here in Los Angeles.
Can't Make Love (1980, 3:35, color, sound)
Directed by Eugene TimiraosFeaturing Wall of Voodoo
Can't Find My Mind (1981, 3:20, color, sound)
Directed by Eugene Timiraos and Bradley FriedmanFeaturing The Cramps
I Wanna Hurt (1979, 8:49, color, sound)
Directed by Rene DaalderFeaturing The Screamers, live
Monologue on Camping (1979, 3:00, color, cound)
Directed by Eugene TimiraosD.I.Y. - recording, monologue, live music, all from the living room
La Bamba (1980, 3:00)
Directed by Eugene TimiraosFeaturing Los Plugz
"Cardinal Newman: featuring Nervous Gender, video by Michael Intiere
Cardinal Newman (1981, 3:00, solor, cound)
Directed by Michael IntriereFeaturing Nervous Gender
Johanna Went on New Wave Theater
Johanna Went on New Wave Theater ()