Monday, July 23, 2007

Weak Three @ Chez Poulet: Straight to Hell

J U L Y 3 023 8 PM 23 C H E Z P O U L E T
A D M I S S I O N23 I S 23 F R E E !!!
3359 Cesar Chavez (aarmya) @ Mission Street

Maybe not as quotable, but way more twisted than Repo Man. I like it better. Everyone's strung out on money, guns and coffee in the mexican desert ...and check out who: Dennis Hopper and Grace Jones, Jim Jarmusch, Elvis Costello, Courtney Love, The Pogues, Dick Rude, Sy Richardson (badder than shit), Zander Schloss, Fox Harris, Cait o' Riordan, and, of course, Joe Strummer, who i'll be focusing the EYENOISE on in the show's opening hole....

Tonight's EYENOISE du JOUR features clips from Joe Strummer's silent film "HELL W10", a couple of Clash songs performed on british television, "TABLETOPS" (a music video adapted from "Coffee and Cigarettes" with music by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros), Clash on Broadway, some Folgers commercials and more!

Film Farm is pickin up speed...

FREE COFFEE! (from ritual roasters)

Luxury Seating and Quadro-Sonic Sound System!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Weak Two @ Chez Poulet: Häxan

J U L Y 2 323 8 PM 23 C H E Z P O U L E T

A D M I S S I O N23 I S 23 F R E E !!!
3359 Cesar Chavez (aarmya) @ Mission Street

Häxan (dir. Benjamin Christiansen, 1922) will be presented in a new experimental format from KrOB: triple-concept stereo! The silent film, released by The Criterion Collection, is in it's two versions. i'll be sampling from both versions' soundtracks (one, with classical music played from it's Danish premiere in November, 1922 featuring Schubert, Wagner, and Beethoven -- the other, featuring an avant-jazz score with Jean-Luc Ponty and a narration by William S. Burroughs) as well as, what i like to call, "soundscraping" to present another new and more personal third version to the film. Anybody who has ever been at my apartment and wanted to watch anything from "Nude on the Moon' to "Creation of the Humanoids", has probably been witness to this process. Yes, a movie with the KrOB "moment"... who knows when the "moment" will is? Fernet Shots? Whip-Its? It's a live mix.

The future home of the ASK Dr. HAL show, Chez Poulet (3359 Cesar Chavez (army) @ Mission Street), is pleased to present an all-new season of KrOB's Film Farm for our city of art and innovation.

Admission is Always FREE!

Beer! Snacks! Sweets!

Opening EYENOISE segment, exclusive to Film Farm!
EYENOISE Du JOUR (coming soon)

Film Farm started it's new run at Chez Poulet last night with El Topo. It started kind of shaky when i couldn't get the subtitles to work on the dvd. The Film played for about 20 minutes and only 10 lines of dialogue were left uderstood by anyone who didn't understand spanish....lucky for one guy who came, his girlfriend was there to act as personal interpreter. The DVD bug was worked out by the time the spoken word became a necessary part of the film. The movie's strength is in definitely in it's images. Werner Herzog once said that we are hungry for images, and if we don't have them we will die. El Topo is a legendary film... John Lennon loved the film and showed it with his picture every week for a year at midnight. It became the first midnight movie in history.

We'll get on it with more snacks, although, you're welcome to bring your own.

Monday, July 9, 2007


A Few Words about Our Feature Presentation...

- - Spacedisco One

Article by: Witney Seibold

Many people in L.A., especially those even tangentially connected to the vast film industry, have probably heard the title “Reflections of Evil” whispered in hushed tones. It was often brought up in the hallways of b-movie studios and many other straight-to-video production houses. I heard it bandied about much when I interned for Roger Corman back in the day. “Reflections of Evil” was none other than a short straight-to-video experimental horror/collage film of a homeless man going mad and vomiting on the streets of Hollywood.

It was made by a man named Damon Packard (who can be found here) who starred in the thing. It wasn’t hard to find a copy of “Reflections of Evil,” as someone, presumably Packard himself, was leaving DVD copies of it in newspaper racks and video stores all over the county. There was a brief period a few years ago when one could not go into an independent video or record store without tripping over a stack of “Reflections of Evil.”

Damon Packard has returned. His new film/experimental collage/weirdo-freakout-headtrip is called “Spacedisco One: The Movie; or, Beyond 1984.” Keep an eye out. It will probably be gracing a newspaper rack near you soon. And whereas “Reflections of Evil” was amateurish and weird and really really horrible, “Spacedisco One” is… well, its still amateurish and weird, but is far tighter and seems to be having a lot more fun than the three-minute vomiting scenes of “Reflections” could ever hope to produce.

The setup: The daughters of various sci-fi film characters (from “Logan’s Run,” and “Krull”) have banded together to fight evil, and make their way to Oceania where they will be safe. Meanwhile, the lead character from the 1984 film version of “1984” Winston Smith, is taken on a horrifying anti-commercial tour of the Universal Citywalk where people pray and salute the giant TV screen there, constantly showing (thanks to a bad blue screen effect) footage from Fox News and the inflammatory “To Catch a Predator” news “specials.” There is, cut into “Spacedisco One,” a lot of footage from the aforementioned films, as well as TV Carnage-like collages of “Battlestar Galactica,” “Big Brother,” old Atari commercials, and people partying at Burning Man.

The overall effect of the 40-minute oddity is very disorienting, a little jingoistic, forcefully amateurish, and oddly complete. Damon Packard seems to be saying that the films, and indeed everything about the drug-addled decade of the 1970s, was more fun, more relaxed, more open to possibility, whereas true independent filmmakers of today are struggling harder than they’ve ever had to. He also has an open political hared for the hyperconsumer culter of America which only seems to be getting more and more bloated and mutated as time passes.

Or something. It’s hard to tell.

All I can say is that “Spacedisco One” is… is… It just is. Damon Packard has given it to us, and will continue to give it to us. Take it or leave it, it will be there.I learn through some rudimentary web research that Packard is the son of an art curator, and has worked with many of Geroge Lucas’ people in his numerous ambitious amateur projects. The bio I read also pointed out that he lives in a rented trailer in squalor. But I think after “Spacedisco One,” I have a regard for the man. “Refections of Evil” made me nauseous, and “Spacedisco One” confused me. By all accounts, his other films are not much a departure. The results are mixed, and often stultifyingly psychedelic. But God bless him for sticking to his guns, and trying to keep zero-budget filmmaking alive in his own way. We need people like Damon Packard.

Indeed. Film Farm is very pleased to present this encore SF screening of the movie.

The Show begins with about a half-hour of KrOB EYENOISE. Then, the man himself, Damon Packard will be in person to showcase a hand-picked selection of his short films and trailers. BRUTALLO will be on hand to sell Packard's films as well as other choice rarities from the great BRUTALLO website!

I urge anyone who has ever put the words independent and film or conspiracy and lunchbox in the same sentence to see this film... bay areans won't get another chance anytime soon!!!

8pm - - $5.00
The Dark Room Theater
2263 Mission Street (between 18th & 19th)
San Francisco

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Weak One @ Chez Poulet - EL TOPO

Well, it didn't take long. Not even a month could go by without restraining the awesome demand for a KrOB movie night. Yes, San Francisco, I heard you. Movies are art. Now more than ever. How could I possibly take the profits from the 12 Galaxies marathon run of Film Farm to use for my own private and selfish ends? ...especially now, when our city's very future is at stake?

"The apocalypse is now! Americans know this, that the only hope is the flying saucers. Do you know how i see the world? like a person who is dying. It's a worm who is dying to make a butterfly. We must not stop the worm from dying, we must help the worm to die to the butterfly to be born. We need to dance with death. his world is dying, but very well. We will make a big, big enormous butterfly. You and I will be the first movements in the wings of the butterfly because we are talking like this." - Alejandro Jodorowsky

The future home of the ASK Dr. HAL show, Chez Poulet (3359 Cesar Chavez (army) @ Mission Street), is pleased to present an all-new season of KrOB's Film Farm for our city of art and innovation.

Admission is Always FREE!

Beer! Snacks! Sweets!

Opening EYENOISE segment, exclusive to Film Farm!
EYENOISE Du JOUR (coming soon)

Thanks to Chicken John, we have our Film Farm back! What once was an Odeon tradition, in it's last years, returns again after a recent run at the 12 Galaxies. The intimate and casually elegant setting of Chez Poulet will be ultimately fine for Film Farm, bringing you all the amenities without the bar-time retrograde. The screen is bigger, the sound is better and they'll be live accompaniment for silent films -- look for Du JOUR postings on details. Drinks and snacks will be available, and, of course, the popcorn is always free.

The surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky created his own midnight cult version of the Spaghetti Western that, once seen, is not easily forgotten. Some of his macabre and mystical images linger, both fascinating and strange.

An armless man carries a human torso on his back. Together they make a bodyguard to a glazed hermetic gunslinger who cannot be killed by bullets to the chest.

A gunslinger fires shots into the sand, which sprout an oasis. After bathing with his woman, he awakens buried under the dirt.

The fallen wanderer, shot dead with bullets, is dragged away by a parade of freaks, little people, cripples, and lepers who live underground in the vast desert.

I was a seed
Watching itself grow on a tree
I was the tree,
But feeling
Apart from it.

Earth and water
Came together
With my energy
And the fruits and branches
Were larger far beyond
What I had ever thought.

I sat there
Watching myself grow.

I wanted to leap up out of
The depths of the earth
And drop into the heart of the fruit
Be the future seed, one of them,
Not be the origin.

The Desert is a Circle ((( mp3 )))

Man of 7 Years ((( mp3 )))

Flute in a Quarry ((( mp3 )))

Together ((( mp3 )))

El Topo's Dream ((( mp3 )))

Slowest and Saddest Waltz ((( mp3 )))

Freakout #1 ((( mp3 )))


JULY 16th 8pm Chez Poulet
3359 Cesar Chavez (aarmya) @ Mission Street