Strange Notes and Nervous Breakdowns: Punk and Media Art, 1974-1981
90012 Los Angeles
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, The Germs, Los Plugz, Johanna Went, and more.
Screening takes places in the MOCA Ahmanson Theater
Info: alternativeprojections.com and moca.org
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. Call 213-621-1736 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
“Never Mind the Sex Pistols, Here’s the Bullocks” Directed by Cynthia Gianelli and Paul Newell (1979, 30 min., b&w video, sound)
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”- Suburban Lawns. Directed by Jonathan Demme (ca. 1980, 2 min).
An early music video, pre-MTV, last seen on Saturday Night live in 1980.
“I’m going out in the RAIN” Directed by Richard Newton (1978, 3:30, color, sound, super8mm transferred to video)
“Can’t Make Love” – Wall of Voodoo. Directed by Eugene Timiraos (1980, 3:35, color, sound)
“Can’t Find My Mind” – The Cramps. Directed by Eugene Timiraos & Bradley Friedman (1981, 3:20, color, sound)
“I Wanna Hurt” – The Screamers. Directed by Rene Daalder (1979, 8:49, color, sound)
“Monologue on Camping” Directed by Eugene Timiraos (1979, 3:00)
“La Bamba” – Los Plugz. Directed by Eugene Timiraos (1980, 3:00)
“Cardinal Newman” – Nervous Gender. Directed by Michael Intiere (1981, 3:00)