Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Danny Plotnick's: I'm Not Fascinating
9th St. Media Center
145 9th St., San Francisco 94103
Thursday, September 24th
Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. $5 admission
An Evening Curated by Danny Plotnick
Rockers and Rollers get ready for an evening of underground mayhem 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s style. Magic Bus Movie Night is pleased to present an evening curated by underground filmmaker, Danny Plotnick. The evening will center around Plotnick’s 1996 Frankenstein of a rock film, I’m Not Fascinating—The Movie. Fascinating chronicles the pointless shenanigans of San Francisco rock 'n' roll ne'er-do-wells The Icky Boyfriends and their futile quest for rock stardom. Undaunted by the universal hatred of both their music and their look, the band perseveres, netting themselves a hefty major label contract. But stardom proves elusive as they descend into a world of murder, intrigue, nepotism, consumer research groups, excessive use of caffeine-laden soda pop and death.
Upon its release, the SF Bay Guardian had this to say: "Move over Magical Mystery Tour, take a seat Tommy: San Francisco's Icky Boyfriends and Danny Plotnick have topped the semifictional rock-drama genre with their epic I'm Not Fascinating The Movie! A weirdly beautiful spectacle of self-defeat. An instant classic."
Fascinating, shot in glorious Kodachrome Super 8, was one of the last epic super 8 sound films to be made. Shortly after its release, Kodak discontinued sound super 8 film. Though no connection between these two events was ever established, one can’t help to wonder. Since being roundly ignored in their 90s heyday, The Ickys have posthumously gone on to be considered a seminal act in the no-fi, panic movement, and a career-spanning double cd retrospective, A Love Obscene was released earlier this decade.
Also on the docket will be:
• Plotnick’s ode to 80s counterculture, Out Of Print
• A blistering super 8 sound film of the mighty Dream Syndicate performing That’s What You Always Say
• Burl Ives taking a gospel turn
• Les Paul and Mary Ford performing several songs, as well as providing BBQ tips.
• Natlija Vekic and Christian Bruno’s music video for local darlings Ramon & Jessica
• Plus several awesome country & western and juke joint performances.