Sparks have been creating idiosyncratic music of varying genres for almost 50 years now. Comprised of California-born brothers Ronald and Russell Mael, Sparks’ sound has consistently and organically evolved over the course of 23 albums, covering everything from glam rock to disco pop to electronic dance to their current status as experimental pop masters. Despite a rich body of work and decades’ worth of accolades from critics and peers alike, mainstream success has always alluded Sparks, possibly by their own devices, and thus they have properly earned their status as cult icons, complete with an obsessive and dedicated fanbase.
As he turns 50, filmmaker Pini Schatz sets out to explore his life-long obsession with the band Sparks (the brothers Ron and Russell Mael). Pini charts the impact of Sparks on his life while meeting with fellow Sparks’ fans, among them famous musicians, in Tel Aviv, London, Berlin, Rotterdam and New York. Structured as a personal quest by the filmmaker to prove that Sparks are the coolest underrated band in the history of popular music. This docu-comedy explores universal themes such as coping with aging and being an outsider, the importance of art in daily life, and the power of non-conformity.
Recognizable interview subjects include punk legend Jello Biafra, producer Tony Visconti, and songwriter Gemma Ray. A comedic documentary that explores the legacy of one of America’s great unsung musical duos and the impact they have had on the lives of their fans.
PLUS a 30 minute compilation of rare (unavailable online) Sparks footage from CFF director Eric’s personal collection (an obsessive Sparks fan himself). It’s also Eric’s birthday so expect a Sparks-themed cake.
In July of 1973, 22-year-old lesbian Olga Hepnarová plowed her truck into a crowd of people on a Prague sidewalk, killing eight and seriously injuring 12, most of them elderly. It was not an accident: as Hepnarova detailed in letters she had sent to newspapers prior to her crime, she was committing the mass murder as an act of revenge against a society that had cruelly bullied her throughout her life, and she intended her crime to serve as a warning to other oppressors that the downtrodden may occasionally strike back. Utterly remorseless and entirely sane, Hepnarová was found guilty and hanged less than two years later, the last woman ever executed in Czechoslovakia. I, Olga Hepnarova, the award-winning debut of Czech writer-directors Tomáš Weinreb and Petr Kazda, revisits this tragedy, transforming it into one of the most unforgettable European films of recent years — an unsparing, haunting first-person portrait of loneliness and alienation. The extraordinary Michalina Olszanska (also starring as a ravenous singing mermaid in another 2017 CFF title, The Lure) makes Olga one of the angriest, most misanthropic main characters to emerge in some time, yet one always feels compassion and empathy for her, and her revulsion towards humanity. The film’s spare aesthetic and striking black-and-white cinematography evoke the European arthouse classics of the 1950s and 60s, but with a starkness that feels quite raw and unique. — Travis Crawford
Read programmer Travis Crawford’s interview with the directors and star: http://calvertjournal.com/
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Official Website: http://iolgahepnarova.com/
Monday, April 24 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
531 N. 12th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123
Programmer: Cinedelphia Film Festival
The second of two special April meetings guest programmed by the CFF! Special guests, appropriate for anyone with psychotronic sensibilities.
The above image does not reflect the film that will be screened.
We are the most informal of film clubs, providing free screenings of cult/weirdo/B-movie fare, meeting on the second and final Monday of every month at PhilaMOCA for one full movie and maybe a short or two. Sometimes the film will be a surprise, other times it’ll be announced ahead of time. Everyone who joins up gets a say in future screenings. You become an official member after signing in at three meetings and are rewarded with a cool enamel pin of the PPFS logo. BYOB is encouraged as is the Psychotronic Film Society way.
The Philadelphia Psychotronic Film Society is officially sanctioned by Brian Thomas, Propaganda Minister of the Sinister for Chicago’s Psychotronic Film Society.
WARNING: The content of what we’ve come to know as psychotronic films runs the gamut from talking dogs to violent assaults. There will always be a warning of some sort on all PPFS event pages. Sometimes the programmer will choose to be revealing and detailed about the content of their selection in advance, sometimes it will be a simple warning regarding the possibility of extreme content. In the latter case, it is wisest for those who will possibly be offended by extreme subject matter to err on the side of caution.
Doors 7, Movie 7:30
The 2017 Cinedelphia Film Festival is so excited to host a BEYOND VAUDEVILLE/ODDVILLE, MTV retrospective and live taping of a new episode! Beyond Vaudeville was a masterpiece of televised variety shows, an expertly curated showcase of amateur talents and nostalgia-inducing celebrities housed within the confines of a crowded, Manhattan-based public access television station. For ten … Read more
The craziest movie of the 2017 Cinedelphia Film Festival! It’s New Year’s Eve and awkward 20-something Nico is determined to finally lose his virginity. As midnight strikes at a hip dance club and all potential conquests have seemingly dried up, he notices the attractive and much older Medea. Despite her being old enough to be … Read more
The 2017 Cinedelphia Film Festival hosts a Night Flight retrospective with creator Stuart S. Shapiro in attendance! Dubbed “the single greatest rock omnibus program ever aired” by VH1 and “the most consistently weird and awesome thing on cable television in the 1980s” by Brooklyn Vegan, Night Flight was a syndicated staple that helped nurture a … Read more
The 2017 Cinedelphia Film Festival hosts legendary adult filmmaker Carter Stevens for a 40th Anniversary screening of his film PUNK ROCK! A detective searches for a missing teenager within the late ’70s NYC punk scene in this unsung noir-punk rarity. Originally shot as a XXX feature, experienced adult film director Carter Stevens took on the … Read more
The wildest genre mashup of the year, The Lure has been understandably beguiling fest audiences around the world and now it arrives to enchant Philly for one night only. Not just another 1980s-set Polish killer mermaid musical-horror film-black comedy-fantasy, The Lure is also an exploration of female sexuality at its most captivating and its most malevolent, as well as a look at the bonds of sisterhood. In her feature directing debut, Agnieszka Smoczynska spins the yarn of beautiful mermaid sisters…
2017 Cinedelphia Film Festival presents the Philly Premiere of The Blekkmetal Film with the filmmakers in attendance! In November of 2015, four Canadian filmmakers traveled to Bergen, Norway to explore the city and attend Blekkmetal – a one-off festival created to celebrate the origins of Norwegian black metal. More than just a festival documentary, ample time is spent on setting the stage in Bergen, a rainy coastal town in southwestern Norway isolated from the rest of the country by mountains…
A haunting, artfully understated critique of American gun culture, Tim Sutton’s third feature is loosely based around the 2012 massacre in Aurora, Colorado that took place during a multiplex screening of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Employing a mesmerizing documentary-style technique and a cast of non-professional actors, DARK NIGHT follows the activities of six strangers over the course of one day, from sunrise to midnight, the shooter among them. Shot in Sarasota, Florida and lensed by veteran French DP Helene Louvart…
Sometimes humorous, often shocking, Hotel Coolgardie is a wryly-observed journey into an outback Australia rarely depicted on screen. On a dusty highway between Australia’s most isolated city and its largest gold pit lies Coolgardie – where the arrival every three months of a new pair of foreign backpackers to work the only bar in town is a keenly anticipated event. Fresh off the plane and attracted by the idea of an authentic outback experience, Finnish travelers Lina and Steph find…