WELCOME TO V. VALE’s RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER #71, April 2008
1. New Updated Schedule!! Meet RE/SEARCH at RE/Search’s PRANKS FILM FESTIVAL, Tu-Wed-Thur April 1,2,3 at Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th/Valencia St, S.F. Shows run 5-11pm each day. Note: Thur 9pm show: special SRL TODD BLAIR BENEFIT! (separate admission $10)
2. Sat April 12, 6:30pm: RE/Search’s “Counter Culture Hour” (with host V. Vale). S.F. Cable Channel 29, 2nd Sat of the month. NOW on-line! You can see it where ever you are. http://www.accessf.org.
3. OTHER FORTHCOMING EVENTS:
() April 1, Noon, Embarcadero Plaza. 30th Annual Saint Stupid’s Day Parade led by Bishop Joey to North Beach. free. rain or shine.
() Sun, April 12, 12-5pm, RE/Search will have their books for sale at the SM Flea Market. For more info email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
() Tu-Wed April 1,2 MINISTRY at Fillmore (sadly, same time as our PRANKS FILM FEST)
() THRILLPEDDLERS.COM HYPNODROME Plays through March – support them!
4. Stephane von Stephane’s column will return next month.
5. What We’ve Attended…
6. What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent:
7. RECOMMENDED LINKS – thanks to our friends Phil G, Ferrara, James McN-, Derek B. & Others
9. Feedback from Readers
1. Meet RE/Search at RE/Search’s 1st Annual PRANKS FILM FESTIVAL, Tue-Wed-Thur April 1,2,3 at Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St/Valencia, S.F. – **NOTE**: CHANGES IN SCHEDULE!!! Wed 9PM!
Subject: PRANKS FILM FESTIVAL w/Live Interviews/Q&As EVERY DAY!
PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RE/Search Publications PRESENTS “The First Annual Pranks Film Festival” – a benefit for RE/Search Publications
April 1, 2, 3 at Roxie Cinema (Tu,Wed,Thur)
3117 16th Street by Valencia, San Francisco CA 94133
Tickets $10 per day for all shows (SRL Benefit separate ticket $10)
Ticket and other information: www.pranksfilmfestival.com
(4/3 Thur 9PM Show Special Benefit for Todd Blair of SRL; separate $10 admission)
For interviews or more information please contact
TEL (415) 362-1465
**NOTE: PRANKS FILM FEST Raffle (prize: new RE/SEARCH PRANKS HARDBACK, 2 T-shirts, RE/Search button – $100 value)
TUES, APRIL 1, 2008.
PRANKS SHORT FILMS: (100 min.)
“Best of Faux” selected shorts for Pranks Film Festival- 100 minutes!
IN PERSON/Q&A: Faux Film Festival Director, Mike Shkolnik, Portland, OR
Titles of films: 12 Hot Women, Jimmy’s House of Hugs, Superciliary Exercise 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
IN PERSON: local treasure MAL SHARPE, a Godfather of Pranks! Interview/Q&A by V. Vale
() COYLE & SHARPE RARE VIDEOS
Coyle and Sharpe were the early masters of street pranks and puts-ons. Using hidden microphones, they clandestinely recorded their bizarre encounters with unsuspecting citizens on the streets of San Francisco in the 1960’s.
8PM SHOW MAL SHARPE WILL INTRODUCE:
() ABEL RAISES CAIN: a documentary by Jenny Abel and Jeff Hockett (82 min.)
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 IN PERSON: MIKE SHKOLNIK!
(REPEAT of 5 PM show – see above)
WED April 2, 2008.
() THE YES MEN FILM (83 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. Weirdly, the experts don’t notice the joke and seem to agree with every terrible idea the two can come up with. Exhausted by their failed attempts to shock, Mike and Andy take a whole new approach for one final lecture. The Yes Men is directed by Dan Olman, Sarah Price, and Chris Smith, whose previous credits include the 1999 Sun-dance Winner “American Movie.” It was released by United Artists.
() With SHORT FILMS: “Nectar of the Cyclops” by Rock Ross, “Pup Y Pup” by Michael Rudnick, “STINK” by Dean Snider, AND “Hot Leatherette” by Robert Nelson. (total time approx 20 min.)
-other pranks shorts may be added if time permits.
7PM SHOW BILLBOARD LIBERATION FRONT!
() IN PERSON LIVE: BLANK DECOVERLY (CIO for BLF) & MILTON RAND KALMAN (chief scientist for BLF) — Interview/Q&A by V. Vale
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”. Won the Audience Choice Awards at both the Vancouver and Auckland International Film Festivals and was selected for over 35 international festival screens. Nominated for the prestigious Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Issue Documentary, it went on to win the Leo Award for Best Social Issue Documentary & Best Editing. Aired on CBC Newsworld and Vision TV, Canada and TRIO networking United States. – Directed by Jill Sharpe.
() PROGRAM OF SHORT FILMS:
– “Art of Bleeding” by REVEREND AL (L.A. Cacophony Society) (3 min.)
– “Army Girls Gone Wild” by Jihad Jerry of DEVO (4 min.)
– PRANKS VIDEO from RE/Search: excerpt of Joe Coleman segment (8 min.)
– “Nectar of the Cyclops” by Rock Ross, “Pup Y Pup” by Michael Rudnick, “STINK” by Dean Snider, AND “Hot Leatherette” by Robert Nelson. (total time approx 20 min.)
9PM SHOW – ADDED!
() Morgan Spurlock’s WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY? feature film with Reverend Billy from the Church of Stop Shopping! Directed by Rob VanAlkemade, the film follows the cross-country bus tour of Reverend Billy, his wife/partner Savitri D and their 35-member gospel choir doing hilarious “interventions” in retail temples of consumerism such as department stores. Their goal: protesting the $500 billion annual christmas shopping spree conducted every year in the land of the free. Support local boy makes good — Reverend Billy is the latest persona of Bill Talen, former San Francisco actor and resident.
() WITH SHORT FILMS:
– Taking the Night – incendiary video 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 (12 min)
BISHOP JOEY IN PERSON! – Intv Q&A by V. Vale
() Joey Skaggs video collection from his press pranks (10 min)
The Not-Yet-Ascended Master of Media Manipulation, who recently appeared on prime-time TV for his invention: “The Bullsh*t Detector.”
() CHUCK CIRINO’s 14 min SANTACON film at San Francisco, 1995 – very rare screening.
() 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.)
() 6PM: 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 Brothers Rjukerooka (RE/Search Books), and The American Dream (Nation Books).
() 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.
() 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 fiberglass 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. http://www.askdrhal.com/
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.
9PM Special SRL PROGRAM – TODD BLAIR BENEFIT (www.srl.org) – separate $10 admission benefits Todd
() IN PERSON LIVE: INTERVIEW / Q&A with Mark Pauline and ??
() MAKER FAIRE, 2007, SRL machine demonstration video (10 min)
() SRL at The LAB, 2003, SRL machine demonstration video (3 min)
() 1980s Video interview with Mark Pauline (8 min)
() 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)
() TODD BLAIR VIDEO INTV at San Jose SRL Show (2 min)
() 1030PM CLOSING PRANKS FILM FEST / SRL PARTY at Homestead, Folsom/19th St (no host bar – RE/Search books to browse and buy)
2. Sat April 12, 6:30pm: RE/Search’s “Counter Culture Hour” (with host V. Vale). S.F. Cable Channel 29, 2nd Sat of month, 6:30pm (set your recorder). We are accepting underwriters for the Counter Culture Hour. We have a backlog of interviews but are short on resources for editing. Please consider becoming an underwriter! You would get on-screen credit. The channel is beginning on-line streaming now! Please check http://www.accessf.org – link to “access 1” at showtime. And Reuben — where are you? — email us: email@example.com
3. OTHER FORTHCOMING EVENTS:
() April 1, Noon, Embarcadero Plaza, S.F. 30th St. Stupid’s Day Parade (rain or shine) free! Dress wild and join the parade! Bishop Joey will lead everyone to a better tomorrow in North Beach. www.saintstupid.com. And come to the Pranks Film Festival after, starting at 5 PM at the Roxie!
() April 1,2 MINISTRY at Fillmore: Sadly, at same time as our PRANKS FILM FESTIVAL.
() Patronize Our Pals: Thrillpeddlers Fri, Sat March 29 thru May 3. 575 10th St, SF 94103. tel 415-377-4202. www.thrillpeddlers.com presents FLAM-ING SIN: LONDON’S GRAND GUIGNOL. Eddie Muller directs Noel Coward’s only Grand Guignol play: “The Better Half.” Christopher Holland’s “The Old Women” or “A Crime in a Madhouse” PLUS “The Blue Hour,” an After-glow Floorshow. Guaranteed greatness! March 24-28, Thrillpeddlers present EC Comics “Spring Break” Session theater camp — perfect for kids! Support local independent over-the-top theater… For advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006.
() SUN APRIL 12, Noon-4PM. Meet RE/Search – our books will be available — at S&M Flea Market. Email us for location. $5 admission.
4. Stephane von Stephane‘s column will return next month.
5. What We Attended: See V. Vale’s blog at www.http://www.researchpubs.com
6. What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent: see V. Vale’s blog at www.http://www.researchpubs.com
7. RECOMMENDED LINKS – thanks to our friend Phil G, Ferrara, James McN-, & Others who sent us the below:
9. FEEDBACK FROM READERS:
() SEARCH & DESTROY tabloids from 1977-79 perfectly preserved in black plastic are STILL AVAILABLE (for now) from www.http://www.researchpubs.com – mention this newsletter for special low price of $30 for 8 assorted issues (of our choice **ONLY): firstname.lastname@example.org
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