Soppin' Wet Cinema Presents: Punk Cinema! Double Feature!

Saturn Presents:

Soppin' Wet Cinema Presents: Punk Cinema! Double Feature!

Tue. March 27, 2018

8:00 pm



This event is 18 and over

Soppin' Wet Cinema Presents: Punk Cinema! Double Feature!
Soppin' Wet Cinema Presents: Punk Cinema! Double Feature!
Punk Cinema! Double Feature!

Screening 2 classics of the "Punk Film" subgenre: Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979, d. Alan Arkush) and Blonde Death (1984, d. James Dillinger). We will also be programming a couple of scuzzy VHS quality concert films during the intermissions: The Cramps Live at Napa State Mental Hospital (1978) and Butthole Surfers' "Witness" (Danceteria, 1986).

ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL tells the story of 1980's Vince Lombardi High School and their exploits of getting The Ramones (playing themselves) to take over the school. Outdated slapstick comedy, offensive caricatures, and featuring songs by Devo, Brian Eno, Alice Cooper, and of course, Ramones - what more could you want?

The film will be preceded by a 10 minute clip of The Cramps famous performance at Napa State Mental Hospital. Brian Swain, an employee of Napa State, commissioned this legendary band to come and play for the patients in an attempt to broaden their horizons.Over 50 patients, as well as 15 fans were in attendance as Lux Interior and company took the stage, and lucky for us, someone snuck in a videocamera.

Next will be a film by "the world's angriest gay man," James Dillinger aka James Robert Baker with his only feature film, BLONDE DEATH. His punk, shot-on-video trash-terpiece follows 18 year old Tammy as she exits her parents' world of suburbia and finds her escape into sex, drugs, and violence via adrenaline fueled nihilism. This is a grainy, low budget movie featuring non-actors, fuzzed out audio, a soundtrack by The Angry Samoans(!), and a climax that was illegally filmed at Disneyland - if this isn't for you then you wouldn't have made it this far - it's a guaranteed mind-melter. Be warned, and be prepared.

To prepare for the insanity of BLONDE DEATH, we will roll an intermission of the Butthole Surfers' 1986 NYC performance which was captured on VHS and titled, WITNESS. 1986 was a peak year for BHS - they were touring nationally, getting kicked out of clubs, and pushing the limits on what a live show could be. Their psychedelic/punk ethos gave way to a dynamic stage show that could be overrun by nude dancers just as easily as engulfing the stage in flames. Never comfortable but always exciting, Butthole Surfers were a force to be reckoned with.
Venue Information:
200 41st Street S
Birmingham, AL, 35222