This film follows Negativland from their first incarnation in a suburban bedroom to performing on stages across the globe. From creating the handmade first record release to being sued by one of the largest record companies in the world for copyright infringement. The film highlights interviews with band members David Wills, Mark Hosler, Peter Conheim, Don Joyce, Jon Leidecker, Steev Hise, and Tim Maloney. With live performance footage from the early 80s to recent performances. The film illustrates how the band is never stagnating, every changing and evolving with the times. Since 1980 Negativland have been creating records, CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sounds, images, objects, and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them. Their work is now referenced and taught in many college courses in the US, has been written about and mentioned in over 150 books (including “No Logo” by Naomi Klein, “Media Virus” by Douglas Rushkoff).
“The Outhouse The Film 1985-1997”. In the mid-1980s outside this college town, home of the Kansas Jayhawks, punk rock history was being made in the middle of a cornfield. Where the pavement turned to gravel, in a small, primitive cinder block building, bands like Fugazi, the Melvins, Rollins Band, Gwar, the Circle Jerks, Body Count, Social Distortion, Bad Brains, White Zombie, Descendents, Sonic Youth, Green Day, Fishbone, the Meat Puppets, Helmet and Nirvana played to all-ages crowds, a raucous scene of misfits and anarchists on the margins of youth culture. This was The Outhouse. Small, dark and sometimes dangerous, it quickly gained a reputation as a haven for the bands other venues were afraid of, and the kids who loved them.
Including interviews from the bands, the people who attended the shows, the neighbors , the cops, all involved. Live footage , photos, database of flyers.
Presented with support from Zia Records!
L7: Pretend We’re Dead takes us on an all-access journey into the 1990’s grunge movement that took the world by storm, and the band that helped define it as the genre of a generation.
Culled from over 100 hours of vintage home movies taken by the band, never-before-seen performance footage, and candid interviews, L7: Pretend We’re Dead is an engrossing time capsule told from the perspective of L7, these true insiders who brought their signature blend of grunge punk to the masses!
Chronicling the early days of the band’s formation in 1985 to their height as the ‘queens of grunge,’ the film takes a roller coaster ride through L7’s triumphs and failures, a classic tale of rags to riches to rags.
Seven Year Bitch