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To anyone in the Los Angeles area this Sunday the 17th. $11.00 tix. Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood, CA 90028
TURN UP THE RADIO: L.A. ROCK ON FILM Gail Zappa, Moon Zappa, Haskell Wexler & More In Person! "Bunny, Bunny, Bunny / "Cheepnis" / UNCLE MEAT Presented by the American Cinematheque and co-sponsored by Amoeba Music and Santa Monica Press. Special guest speakers include Gail Zappa, Steve Vai, cinematographer Haskell Wexler, Jeff Stein, Ahmet Zappa, Joe Travers, and "Bunny Bunny Bunny" stars Moon Zappa and Kyle Richards. World Premiere! “Bunny Bunny Bunny” (ca. 1987, 20 min.) Directed and produced by Frank Zappa, this one-camera shoot stars daughter Moon Zappa (a couple of years after their radio hit “Valley Girl”) in improvised dialogue with her best friend Kyle Richards and her cousin Lala Sloatman. “Cheepnis” (1973, 10 min.) Featuring the only footage Zappa cut together from his legendary 1973 Roxy concerts, “Cheepnis” sings the praises of low-budget monster movies. This short documents the director, bandleader, songwriter and musician at work.
UNCLE MEAT 1987, 100 min, USA, Dir: Frank Zappa Frank Zappa began directing The Mothers of Invention’s one and only movie, UNCLE MEAT, less than two years after the group’s 1965 debut but it did not see release until 1987. Colorful footage from their “Absolutely Free”-era residency at the Garrick Theater in New York, and from the Sgt. Pepper/psychedelia-mocking “We’re Only in it for the Money” album cover shoot is mixed with orchestral bits from a 1968 concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Plus you get Rodney Bingenheimer, Linda Ronstadt, Meredith Monk and others along for the ride at the legendary Hollywood Ranch Market on Vine Street. Camerawork by the great Haskell Wexler.
from a NYTimes film review today: Thanks to the head, “Frank” the film functions as a biopic mash-up of multiple artists.... And so Frank is the eccentric Syd Barrett. Frank is Lee (Scratch) Perry. Frank is Brian Wilson. Frank is Roky Erickson. The deeply troubled but beloved Austin, Tex., singer songwriter Daniel Johnston is under that head as well. And when the fictional band decamps to a remote home in the countryside, “That’s a riff on Captain Beefheart’s recording of ‘Trout Mask Replica,’ ” Mr. Abrahamson said, referring to the 1969 classic.
For years that guy was typecast as the best friend type in romantic comedies or love stories and never really caught on. Then he is the heavy in Manhunter and bam he catches on in a new genre of action and horror/suspence.