1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

BATHTUB SONGS:

And Other Extracurricular Activities

Saturday, September 16 at 7 PM, $7-10
Greg Scott and Zack Ostrowski in attendance!

 

BATHTUB SONGS: and Other Extracurricular Activities” follows song-and-dance man Beverly Fresh to the annual Turkey Trot festival in the southern Indiana town of Montgomery. The film examines the rural cultural rituals and events of small Midwestern towns and investigates the sense of restlessness that hangs in the region. Beverly meets with Dar-L and the Pork Chop Boys and sets out to ease their desperation. He comes across a demolition derby driver, traveling salesmen, banjo player and other kindred spirits wandering nervous and lookin’ for something else.

BATHTUB SONGS, a project of Sawbuck Productions, Inc and WILD AMERICAN DOGS, blurs the lines that demarcate observational documentary and narrative nonfiction. In a traditional documentary manner, Bathtub Songs chronicles actual events of the festival and highlights local history and attractions. This factual presentation mingles with a fictional narrative arc. The unfolding of the film’s narrative arc hinges on the film questioning the actuality of its own material and narrative structure. Bathtub Songs presents a stylized portrait of the town by combining traditional documentation, local folkore, participatory performances, and fabricated narrative, resulting in both a recognizable impression and an entirely new understanding of the rural American Midwest.

Program Details:
BATHTUB SONGS: and Other Extracurricular Activities
2015, digital video, 110 minutes
Directed by Greg Scott
Written by Greg Scott and Zack Ostrowski

Immediately following the film there is a Q & A with the Greg Scott and Zack Ostrowski.

Sawbuck Productions, Inc. is a not-for-profit charitable organization 501(c3) that creates and distributes multiple media geared toward documenting the people, places, and things that operate on the fringes, often featuring  projects that challenge mass media representations of drugs and addiction. Most of Sawbuck’s non-fiction films deal directly or indirectly with the lives of heroin users, crack smokers, sex workers, drug dealers, unhoused persons, and others who operate on the margins. Now approaching its 10th anniversary, Sawbuck has produced several dozen short documentaries and a half-dozen feature-length pictures.  Their public radio documentary “Brickyard” has garnered several national and local awards for journalism.  Most of Sawbuck’s narrative film work is experimental, weird, and focused on the peripheries-  movies made out on the backroads of the rural American midwest.

THE WILD AMERICAN DOGS (Greg Scott & Beverly Fresh) are an interdisciplinary art duo focused on producing experimental films and performance.

Programmed by Sara Holwerda



Filed under: documentary, experimental, music, Uncategorized

THE DESTROYING ANGEL

With LOADS by Curt McDowell


Thursday, September 14 at 8 PM, $7-10

 

THE DESTROYING ANGEL (Peter de Rome, 1976)
62 minutes, Digital File

The second and final feature by BFI-recognized experimental/erotic filmmaker and recent documentary subject Peter de Rome, THE DESTROYING ANGEL is a film truly unlike any other. A complete hybrid of horror movie and hardcore, its very loosely Poe-inspired story focuses on priest Caswell Campbell who is on sabbatical from seminary and, feeling torn between the pleasures of the flesh and his call to the cloth, indulges in an escalatingly bizarre series of psychotropic mushroom-feuled sexual experiences, all while being plagued by haunting visions of his doppelganger. Though more of its screen time is spent on sexual acts than in much of de Rome’s other work, THE DESTROYING ANGEL’s sex scenes are anything but traditional, growing increasingly surreal and deconstructed throughout the course of the film, advancing the plot and themes, and functioning as creepy hallucinatory episodes for the viewer. Accurately critically called “a mess but a masterpiece,” THE DESTROYING ANGEL’s weird blend of elements (including over-the-top acting, beautifully-edited psychedelic imagery, and a few jaw-dropping sexual feats) makes for a thoroughly watchable film that manages to be simultaneously campy and artful; erotic, frightening, and fun. (Screening thanks to Bijou Video.)

 

LOADS (Curt McDowell, 1976, released 1985)
19 minutes, 16mm on DVD

With LOADS, Curt McDowell–the preeminent satyr of underground lust–puts his hand, mouth, and camera where the money is: in and out of the underpants of tough, sometimes tender, alluring straight men. Shameless, touching, resplendent in body heat, LOADS remains a rhapsody to fluidity and flexibility, a seminal masterpiece in every way.

Special thanks to his sister Melinda McDowell Milks, who’s generously allowing us to screen it.

Programmed by Julia Zinn and Edward E. Crouse



Filed under: 16mm, experimental, film, history, queer, Uncategorized

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