ALL POWER TO THE IMAGINATION! 1968 AND ITS LEGACIES
"The Whole World is Watching"A trip into the underbelly of an amazing era that was so vulnerably caught and crystallized in the crossfire of conservatism and radical revolution: the winners, the losers and the fallout of all that turned on free love ambition. Now that we've found love, what are we gonna do with it? Saturday April 26th Doors 7:30pm £7/£5 members & concessions Flashing on the Sixties: A Tribal Document Dir. Lisa Law - USA 1990 - 52 mins + Hi Mom! Dir. Brian De Palma - USA 1970 - 87 mins Friday May 16th Doors 7:30pm £7/£5 members & concessions Manson Dir. Robert Hendrickson & Laurence Merrick - USA 1972 - 83 mins + The Hippie revolt Dir. Edgar Beatty - USA 1967 - 75 mins Wednesday May 28th Doors 7:30pm £7/£5 members & concessions The Whole World Is Watching: Weatherman '69 Dir. Raymon Pettibon - USA 1989 - 122 mins Starring Mike Watt, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Raymond Pettibon, Davo Claassen, Dave Markey, Janet Hausden, Joe Cole, Joey 8 Halsman, Mark Hecht, Rich Costigan, Abby Travis, Hank Vincent, and Master Nelson Tarpenny MORE DETAILS
Saturday April 26th Doors 7:30pm £7/£5 members & concessions Flashing on the Sixties: A Tribal Document Dir. Lisa Law USA 1990, 52 mins Featuring Peter Cayote, Wavy Gravy, Graham Nash, Timothy Leary, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Allen Ginsberg, Taj Mahal, David Crosby and Michelle Phillips among others. With interviews of children born during those years who are now perpetuating the 60's values and traditions in their own 90's way. This film is a look at the 60's from the inside, people helping with free kitchens and medical tents at Woodstock, racing across an open field in brightly painted school buses with Ken Kesey and Wavy Gravy cheering at the helms, living on the Hog Farm Commune, dancing to free concerts in Golden Gate Park, all set to a soundtrack that evokes the spirit of the time with Crosby, Stills and Nash, Richie Havens, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin and more. + Hi Mom! Dir. Brian De Palma USA 1970 87 mins De Palma's beginnings as a really eclectic independent film maker. Made for $95,000 after the unexpected success of his anarchic Greetings, this is the sequel to end all sequels. De Niro plays variations on a Vietnam vet returning to NY as, variously, a 'peep art' porno movie-maker, an urban guerilla, and an insurance salesman. At least that's the framing excuse for an increasingly lunatic series of set piece gags. 'Be Black Baby' is a skit on off-Broadway 'encounter theatre', in which a middle class white audience is terrorised by black actors in whiteface. Shot by De Palma in visceral vérité, it actually is terrifying. Structurally, the film never recovers - but then its main merit is a refusal to 'hang together'. Anarchic and very appealing. Friday May 16th Doors 7:30pm £7/£5 members & concessions Manson Dir. Robert Hendrickson & Laurence Merrick USA 1972, 83 mins Oscar nominated documentary on Charles Manson and his "family". Has a number of insightful interviews with many family members most notably Squeaky and Sandy (Blue and Red). There is also a history of Manson from his birth to the family formation to the Tate/La Bianca murders. Plenty of footage of the family playing at Spahn Ranch. use of split-screen imagery and colorful opticals that give the doc a psychedelic feel, the atmosphere is further enhanced by a memorable song soundtrack by former Manson family members Brooks Poston and Paul Watkins: their well-crafted, mournful folk songs are lovely yet creepy and thus a perfect backdrop for a tale of hippie ideals gone horribly wrong. + The Hippie Revolt Dir. Edgar Beatty USA 1967, 75 mins A psychedelic celebration of the nitty gritty non-reality of the Haight-Ashbury hippie experience! Full of free love, be-ins, love-ins, happenings, body painting, communes and LSD freakouts! Exploitation film aimed at further alarming middle-class Americans about hippies, hooray! Wednesday May 28th Doors 7:30pm £7/£5 members & concessions The Whole World Is Watching: Weatherman '69 Dir. Raymon Pettibon USA 1989, 122 mins Starring Mike Watt, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Raymond Pettibon, Davo Claassen, Dave Markey, Janet Hausden, Joe Cole, Joey 8 Halsman, Mark Hecht, Rich Costigan, Abby Travis, Hank Vincent, and Master Nelson Tarpenny Originally realised as a trashy home video shot by Raymond Pettibon and enacted by a host of friends and musicians around Mike Watt, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth. The text written by Pettibon for the video makes up more than 50 pages of dialogues, slogans, song lyrics and monolithic text blocks. The project originates from a work phase in the late 80s when Raymond Pettibon dealt mainly with the American subculture of the 60s and 70s. The text is inspired by a radical splinter group of the Students for a Democratic Society, Weatherman, who from 1969 to 1975 fought a proxy war for the rights of the nationally and internationally oppressed. Coming from the white middle-class university milieu, the members of Weatherman used terrorist acts as well as propagandistic and mass media weapons for their fight against American imperialism and racism. Creating a cast of more than 20 half fictitious, half historic characters the text draws a collage-like image of the resistance group living in the underground. Sketches of historic events and encounters with pop celebrities like Jane Fonda and John Lennon appear along with a portrait of the daily lunacy of the subcultural existence and the longings of politicised middle-class kids.