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Bodega Bay Member Made a ‘Leather Jacket’ Ode to the 60’s Underground, They Read By Night

Still from "They Read By Night" (Courtesy of Joe Wakeman)

Still from “They Read By Night” (Courtesy of Joe Wakeman)

We’re only experiencing half of Joe Wakeman’s creative self when he’s belting out meta lyrics and writhing his wiry body around stage, frontman duties for his arty indie rock outfit Bodega Bay. He’s part of a network of pals in various other bands like The Yin Yangs, Heavy Birds, and Journalism. Together, they make up a bitty scene of their own within the Bushwick DIY circuit.

Joe’s managed to bring all of them together for his first feature length film, which embodies that other half of Joe Wakeman most of us have yet to see. They Read By Night is “leather jacket film” with plenty of drugs, rock n’ roll, and pulpy mayhem, all against a clever literary background. The film premieres at Gravesend Recordings next week in Bushwick. We were lucky enough to see the film in advance, but for your viewing pleasure here’s a first-look at the trailer and a bit of what we discussed about the film with Joe when we recently caught up with him at Birdy’s.

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Film: English-Language Premiere of Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth

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From Paolo Sorrentino, the director of The Great Beauty, comes Youth, a sort of part II to the first film that offers a Northern European take on the theme of getting old. Instead of a lush, Mediterranean backdrop draped in eye-popping golds and jewel tones plucked straight from a Dolce & Gabbana runway show where everyone seems to be glowing with a dewey, youthful tan (achieved by way of plastic or otherwise), Youthbrings us far from the earthiness of The Great Beauty. Instead, we find ourselves elevated to a tight-lipped, carefully-placed-spectacles kind of place that’s big on daily regimes: a Swiss spa town. It’s all minerals and cold, wet stone here. Read more here.

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Film: Dangle for Expanded Cinema and See Marnie’s BF Looking Not So Hot

Iraqi Odyssey 
Thursday Dec. 3, 6:05 pm and 9:20 pm at IFC Center, 323 6th Avenue: $14
How much do you know about Iraq, like really? Take away the Gulf War, Saddam Hussein, and our 43rd President’s awful pronunciation of the name belonging to a country that’s informed so much public discussion in the past few decades (but so little real understanding), and we’re guessing the answer is: not so much. Iraqi ex-pat filmmaker Samir takes viewers on an informative trip through his homeland’s history through a very personal lens, his family tree.

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Film: Mustang at IFC + Filmmaker Q+A

In this Turkish film (which James Franco declared is the “best film of the year”), five super-close sisters are legit frolicking in their school uniforms, splashing around on the beach and having the best freaking time ever. Things are chill. They’re teens, they’re tweens, and they don’t give two fucks. Then suddenly, things are not so chill. The filmmaker will be on hand for this screening. Read more here.

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Film: Mustang Opens at IFC + Filmmaker Q+A

In this Turkish film (which James Franco declared is the “best film of the year”), five super-close sisters are legit frolicking in their school uniforms, splashing around on the beach and having the best freaking time ever. Things are chill. They’re teens, they’re tweens, and they don’t give two fucks. Then suddenly, things are not so chill. The filmmaker will be on hand for this screening. Read more here.

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Film: Jayne County Leads an Outrageous ’80 German Trans Musical and Sisters Buck the Patriarchy

Film still from City of Lost Souls (Via UnionDocs)

Film still from City of Lost Souls (Via UnionDocs)

City of Lost Souls
Friday Nov. 20th, 7:30 pm at Union Docs: $9

Juliet Jacques, the author of Trans: A Memoir, which accounts for her own experiences transitioning from male to female and her life from childhood up to her present 30-something self, will be on hand to present City of Lost Souls, a “trans musical spectacular.” Filmed in 1982, it provides an early look at identity politics and trans identity years before there was mainstream understanding of what it means to be trans. The film is such an early example of gender exploration that it’s lacking in recognizable “transgender” language– in fact, the word is never mentioned in the film (though there are instances of its use at that time).

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Alone At Last : Slip Into a Booth and Prepare to Be Seduced

(Film still via "Alone at Last", Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong)

(Film still via “Alone at Last”, Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong)

“At that time in New York things were really wild,” Emily Armstrong recalled of the ’70s punk scene. She and her partner, Pat Ivers, are old school East Village types– they truly lived the Downtown era, and lucky for us they documented over 100 shows at CBGBs, filming bands like DNA and unbelievable moments like Iggy Pop covering Frank Sinatra for their weekly TV show, Nightclubbing. After NYU’s Fales Library acquired their archive for the Downtown Collection, thousands of the duo’s film reels were digitized and, for a time, were part of a weekly column at B+B.

Alone at Last emerged out of that archival effort and now, after more than 30 years since the artists last saw them, the 1981 black-and-white vignettes featuring 52 people who were prompted to seduce the viewer, will be shown at Howl! Happening. The video series captures the last breath of the freewheeling ’70s Downtown scene right before AIDS hit. “People who have seen it feel that it’s a very interesting depiction of that culture, that moment, because it was truly a moment. Soon after it was shot, people realized what AIDS was. So having a lot of sex for pleasure was completely redefined: having a lot of open sex was suicide. Things really changed, really fast.”

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Week in Film: Kathleen Hanna on 16mm and Bomb Shelter Children of Botulism Turn Out Totally Normal

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Film still from “In Search of Margo-Go”

This week, cash in your change jar because you’re gonna need it for the screening of this lost Riot Grrrl film starring Kathleen Hanna. Also, pick from a bazillion or so documentaries this year at Doc NYC 2015, and more. Read on, friends.

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Film: The Destroying Angel

Throughout the month of October, Spectacle is taking on their second series of gay porn classics with Man in Man II. The series focuses on Hand in Hand Studios, a production company that made some seriously out-there man-on-man porn films in the ’70s.

In keeping with Spectober’s theme of weird, creepy, bizzaro films, these gay porn films dabble in the occult and exhibit some seriously arty, avant-garde tendencies rarely seen in porn and erotica. We’re heavy into The Destroying Angel — which Spectacle describes as “more horror than porn” in its reconfiguration of an Edgar Allen Poe short story, though with um… some seriously imaginative interpretations. The basic premise is that a Catholic Priest embarks on a “sexy/deadly” mushroom trip where he’s stalked by his doppelganger.

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Film: One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct

Artist Lauren Bon coordinated a spectacular event in the fall of 2013 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the aqueduct, which allowed not only the film industry in Southern California to prosper but the population to swell to where it’s at now. Concerned by the disconnect she felt between the people of LA and their water supply, the artist coordinated a month-long journey across the aqueduct involving a stampede of 100 mules marching from the water source in the Cascade Mountains to the aqueduct intake. See the film at its New York City premiere at Anthology.

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Film: 100 Years of Irma Vep, screening of Les Vampires

Musidora as Irma Vep in the original "Les Vampires"

Musidora as Irma Vep in the original “Les Vampires”

Filmmaker Michelle Handelman is spearheading 100 Years of Irma Vep, a several weeks-long series of events celebrating the 100th year anniversary of Les Vampires, an awesomely influential French silent film. OK, yes Les Vampires is seven hours long. But it’s also a ten-part serial, so movie goers wishing to go for, oh I dunno, NOT seven hours can still participate in this event because you can walk in and out pretty much whenever you want.

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Film: 5th Annual Spectacle Theater Shriek Show

Gore, witchcraft, and camp abound at Spectacle’s fifth annual horror marathon happening this weekend. It’s only $25 for 13+ hours of horror and it’s gonna be freaking great. Don’t get me wrong, Spectacle is one of the best theaters in town, but their seats leave a little something to be desired. (Hence the charm, though, people!) So I’m guessing they’re gonna be handing out chocolate medals to people who make it all the way through, or they’ll possibly just kick you out because that’s weird.

Click here to read more about the event and see what films made the cut (get it?!) this year.