In 1991, the band Sonic Youth asked filmmaker Dave Markey to come along on their European festival tour which included several other bands, and document the goings on. Having Markey film the tour was a very prescient decision, since one of the bands, Nirvana, had just shot the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and was about to release Nevermind…And then punk broke.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday November 15, 2010 5:00 pm|
I really believe rock ‘n roll can change the world. Can, has and will. Well, okay music, because before there was rock ‘n roll there the waltz, jazz, samba…all forbidden, scandalous, shocking and prone to cause dancing which could lead to more horizontal and well as cerebral activities!
My musical revelations and cultural epiphanies coincided with punk rock; I cut my heart on it and just kept going. And as an Angeleno, I am proud of our SoCal music tradition from the early days of Crenshaw Avenue jazz combos through now, which is why we feature a lot of punk rock movies with lots of local heroes and history on movie night
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday June 21, 2010 5:00 pm|
In The Reinactors, director David J. Markey explores the strange, at times tragic and hope-filled lives of character impersonators that up until three weeks ago populated Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Chinese Theatres, posing for photos, often and illegally asking for tips. Markey allows his subjects to unfold in front of the camera and what stories of desperate dreams and delusions they have.