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EL REY DE
ROCK 'N'

Fri 5/25 7:00pm


WHAT ABOUT
ME

Fri 5/25 9:30pm


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EL REY DE ROCK 'N' ROLL
Marjorie Chodorov, 2000, 65min.

A whirlwind look at El Vez, the Mexican Elvis. No mere Elvis impersonator, Robert Lopez was once the curator of la Luz de Jesus Gallery, a folk art hotspot in L.A., until a whim took him to an Elvis impersonator contest. The outrageous Lopez conflates Elvis iconography, Mexican Americana, and radical politics, creating an irresistible and ultimately inspiring act that is equal parts Vegas kitsch, Chicano studies and labor relations course.

Contact Marjorie Chodorov SoapBoxFilms@aol.com

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BUY 1 GET 5 FREE: TEXAS FIREWORKS STANDS, in which the title says it all: a funny and affectionate look at folks who sit in the hot Texas sun for two weeks a year selling fireworks, and the folks who love to blow stuff up. (Jim Stedman, 35min.)

WHAT ABOUT ME: THE RISE oF THE NIHILIST SPASM BAND
Zev Asher, 2000, 75 min.

In noise music circles, The Nihilist Spasm Band are certified international cult legends. In fact, they pretty much gave birth to the genre way back in the mid-sixties when they began meeting for regular Monday night jam sessions. Years later, not much has changed: they're still blowing and banging away on electric kazoos, homemade guitars and metal pots. WHAT ABOUT ME shines a spotlight on these Canadian iconoclasts, their unique history and their never-ending devotion to loud sounds and freely improvised lunacy. Asher's documentary traces the development of the group, from its origins in 1965 as a response to ultra-conservative London, Ontario, to the death of one of its founding members, artist Greg Curnoe, to the band's recent tours of Japan, where they enjoy a rabid cult following (including footage of a bizarre appearance on a Japanese variety show). The New York Times referred to the Nihilist Spasm bans as "a droll, clattery ensemble (that) has maintained the sly humor and casual provocation of 1960's art movements like Fluxus" and described their music as sounding like "cracked hoe-downs, hyperactive barnyards, misfiring truck engines or the magnified gnawing of beavers." In WHAT ABOUT ME, the band members are portrayed as the subversively funny, ear-splitting senior citizens that they are -- chaos-loving geezers with a need for noise!

Contact Zev Asher zev@sub-versivemedia.com

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HI, YOUVE REACHED DAVES APARTMENT, in which David, a 41 year-old schizophrenic, spends the day setting up his new answering machine. (Barbara Green, 15min.)

contact Barbara Green Greeniefilms@aol.com