For those who don’t know, ampoule for my day job I’m one of the programmers at The Cinefamily, a non-profit revival cinema in Los Angeles. Last year, I was able to pull off an eight-part punk/post-punk film series, called “Post-Punk Junk” (in honor of my previous blog of the same name.)

This year, I’m bringing it back — albeit only in a four-part series, but still! C’mon! It’s gonna be damned good. The Cinefamily is located at 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, LA, CA, 90036, house at the historical Silent Movie Theatre.

The lineup for the fest is:
Thursday, Feb. 4th – Night Flight presents A Tribute To New Wave Theatre
Thursday, Feb. 11th – Post-Punk Junk Mix Night (feat. Car Cemetery)
Thursday, Feb. 18th – Athens, GA: Inside Out (w/ filmmakers in person!)
Thursday, Feb. 25th – Liquid Sky (w/ director Slava Tsukerman in person!)

Thursday, February 4th – 8:00pm

The opening of this year’s Post-Punk Junk fest brings the return of Night Flight to the Cinefamily! In the ’80s, overnight TV was completely staid, except for one anarchic alternative: Night Flight. Premiering on the USA Network in ’81, this legendary weekend variety show featured a glorious amalgamation of music videos, short films, cartoons, interviews, concerts, and cult movies — and the cutting-edge, truly original New Wave Theatre. Hosted by the verbose, fun-loving Peter Ivers, NWT was crammed full of chaotic live performances by So Cal punks and new wavers (Fear, Dead Kennedys, Surburban Lawns), in addition to Dadaist comedy sketches, rapid-fire montages of Hiroshima and outer space, and gonzo monologues preaching optimism for the Nuclear Age (written by crazed visionary producer David Jove.) Running for three years until Ivers’ untimely death, NWT gave the best of what the underground L.A. music scene had to offer, and tonight we present a much-deserved tribute to this unsung slab of video history, as well as a fiery blast of vintage punk-themed Night Flight programming.

Watch a clip of The Plugz on “New Wave Theatre”!

Watch a clip of Peter Ivers & 45 Grave on “New Wave Theatre”!

Tickets – $12


Thursday, February 11th – 8:00pm

Cinefamily presents a cornucopia of deep cuts and other post-punk junk from around the globe. Want a taste? How about Reading Festival ’78, a killer short concert doc profiling the punk bands (Sham 69, The Jam, Penetration, a pre-Midge Ure Ultravox) that controversially found themselves on the same festival bill as Foreigner and Status Quo; classic performances from the late ’70s/early ’80s NYC club circuit that included venues like Danceteria and Hurrah’s; and, as the capper for the evening, the Liquid Sky-meets-Salo-meets-Jesus Christ Superstar French post-apocalypse 1983 TV movie Car Cemetery! Directed by Euro master surrealist Fernando Arrabal (Viva La Muerte), the film entirely takes place in a Tim Burton-esque auto junkyard that’s the nexus of life after The Bomb goes off; here, mohawked punks party with neon-tinted fashionistas and a Jesus figure in the guise of a synth-pop spiritualist (singer-songwriter Alain Bashung, who also composed the film’s rockin’ electronic score.) Entirely unseen in the U.S., Car Cemetery will confound, corrode and captivate!

Watch an excerpt from “Car Cemetery”!

Tickets – $10


ATHENS, GA: INSIDE OUT (w/ filmmakers in person!)
Thursday, February 18th – 8:00pm

Led by the success of the B-52′s and R.E.M., Athens, Georgia was the most happening music scene in the country by the mid-’80s. Following many different bands from different genres, director Tony Gayton paints Athens as a magical artistic environment where bands are not in competition, but rather co-exist in harmony, and he intermingles a lush abundance of local color, BBQ, hospitality and energetic tunes with a subtle flair on par with the best of what Les Blank has to offer. Live performances of R.E.M.’s “Swan Swan H” and “Dream (All I Have To Do)” at the Lucy Cobb Institute chapel are included, as well as interviews and songs from the B-52′s, Pylon, the anarchic and thrashy B-B-Que Killers, Flat Duo Jets (a clear inspiration on The White Stripes), Love Tractor and more. Athens, GA: Inside Out producer Bill Cody will be in attendance for a Q&A — and be sure to come early for a program of Athens music video rarities before the feature!

Watch a clip of the B-B-Que Killers from “Athens, GA: Inside Out”!

Tickets – $10


LIQUID SKY (w/ director Slava Tsukerman in person!)
Thursday, February 25th – 8:00pm

One of the coolest, funniest and freakiest distillations of the ’80s post-punk underground, Liquid Sky is pure madness, blending drugs, UFOs, death by orgasm and a cacophony of searing synths into a jagged neon time capsule that still thrills. In a dual role, Anne Carlisle plays Margaret (a damaged lesbian fashion model) and Jimmy (an arrogant gay junkie fashion model), who collide in NYC’s robotic New Wave netherworld. As well, aliens arrive in a pint-sized flying saucer to extract the lifeforce from the human orgone; landing on Margaret’s roof, they vaporize her many lovers in a dogpile of kaleidoscopic nuttiness. Russian emigré director Slava Tsukerman, himself out of place in the alien world of the ’80s Lower East Side arthole, has big fun piling on the primitive video abstractions, fractured music and overwrought melodrama in order to deliver a skewering satire of a weird, weird world. Slava Tsukerman will be here at the Cinefamily in-person for a post-screening Q&A!

Watch the trailer for “Liquid Sky”!

Tickets – $10

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  1. Simon says:

    Wow, I wish I had a cinema like yours near me, that whole line-up looks very interesting.

    While I’m commenting, a general thank you for the obscurities you’ve put up, they’re very appreciated.

  2. avsp says:

    I was at Reading ’78 the Sham vs Quo fingy was fairly good natured mostly, but during the actual Sham performance it got a bit frightening, tho the guest guitarist shocked everyone. Patti Smith was pretty good that weekend as I recall. Foreginer were of course terrible. I’m dead jealous I’d love to see the doc myself. Liquid Sky is ‘hatstand’. More Power to you

  3. I think you might just have the BEST fucking day job EVER. I have a copy of Athens, GA: Inside Out on VHS and it is one of my prized possessions. Sounds like an amazing festival.

  4. Milo says:

    Just found your blog today–great stuff! We’re big fans of the Cinefam and I remember (missing) this series. Keep showing the occasional punk film and we’ll try harder to make it out!