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Director: Paul Briganti // Writer/Producers: Dawn Luebbe, Jocelyn DeBoer // Writer: Briana Frapart // USA
In this dark comedy of manners set in a surreal world, meticulously-coiffed soccer moms Jill and Lisa vie for perfect children, perfect husbands, and most importantly, perfect teeth.
Director/Writer/Producer: Sam Gurry // USA
I was in a bowling league in third grade where I routinely rolled my ball into the next lane and ate a lot of cheese fries. Made entirely with a deck of 1991 LPBA Strike Force trading cards.
Director/Writer/Producer: Shunsaku Hayashi // Music: Jack Stevens // Japan
In a continuous scenery, his physical movement stays in the same position. The speed of the continuity and his movement have accelerated and gradually cause a distortion.
The Bus Trip
Director/Writer/Producer: Sarah Gampel // Sweden
Sarah is invited to show her film in Israel as part of a film festival bus trip. She is hoping for political discussions and friendship, except the conversation stops each time she brings up the occupation of Palestine. So instead, Sarah talks to her dead dad over a noisy phone line.
Director/Writer/Producer: Alireza Ghasemi // Iran
A 16-year-old girl deals with the responsibility and harsh bureaucracy of having to identify the body of her mother.
All My Star Wars Cards
Director: Ross Meckfessel // USA
Every Star Wars card I owned. A eulogy.
Director: Sasha Gransjean // USA
An aggressive barrage of modern technology aesthetic culminating in a hyper-climaxing consumerist nightmare.
Director/Writer: Konstantina Kotzamani // Producers: Maria Drandaki, Ron Dyens // Greece
The leopard shall lie down the goat, the wolves shall live with the lambs and the young boy will lead them. 12+1 kids and the carcass of a whale washed ashore.
Director: Na Yon Cho // USA
On seeing a dead man.
Preceding THE ICRAUS LINE MUST DIE
Spotlight On A Brick Wall
Directors: Alee Peoples, Mike Stoltz // USA
A performance film that navigates expectations of both the audience and the makers. A series of false starts. Dub treatment on the laugh track.
Opening Night Feature Film: THE ICARUS LINE MUST DIE
Director/Writer/Executive Producer: Michael Grodner // Writer/Executive Producer: Joe Cardamone // Producer: Kristin Slaysman // Executive Producer: Josh Crockett // USA // World Premiere
The Icarus Line Must Die is a dramatic narrative feature set against the backdrop of the current LA underground music scene. The film tracks Joe Cardamone, front man of notorious punk bad boys The Icarus Line as he navigates his way through the ups and downs of the modern music landscape.
Ariel Pink, Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), Pearl Charles, Melissa Brooks (The Aquadolls), Justin Pearson, Rafael Reyes (Prayers) and Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight) are featured along with performances by Pink Mountaintops, Together Pangea, The Icarus Line, Retox, Obliterations and Annie Hardy of Giant Drag.
JOE CARDAMONE of THE ICARUS LINE
Critically acclaimed Los Angeles artist, Joe Cardamone, disbanded legendary noise rock group The Icarus Line after 17 years of beautiful destruction last year. Shortly after the release of All Things Under Heaven the group was rendered unable to continue. In-between producing records for other artist, he secretly slammed away making beats on an MPC during late nights in his studio. Although these beats were done with no goal besides personal creative expression they hold a singularity
and power. Over the course of 2016 the night beats evolved into a powerful collection of over 40 songs. This collection juxtaposes both contemporary street and popular sounds manipulated by punk death noise what the fuck ever rock ears and eyes. Heavy and Beautiful. Noise and Melody. Tunes conjured from samples and sounds with conventional instruments cast away. Holy War will be released over the course of 2017 in a series of volumes.
ANNIE HARDY of GIANT DRAG
Giant Drag's Annie Hardy just finished a new solo LP entitled "Rules" which found her once again working with long time collaborator, best friend and producer Joe Cardamone (Icarus Line, HolyWar) on what is a new level for an already legendary songwriter and front woman and is bound to be a game changer for Hardy.
The "trippy country meets stoner rock" of Vancouver's Pink Mountaintops is the brainchild of Stephen McBean, who is also the singer/songwriter/guitarist for Black Mountain, which was formerly known as Jerk with a Bomb. McBean's solo project was also known by another name, One Easy Skag. He began playing with Jerk with a Bomb in the late '90s, and the band issued three albums and a 7" under that name. By late 2003, both Jerk with a Bomb and One Easy Skag were rechristened with their mountainous names, and in the summer of 2004, the Pink Mountaintops' self-titled debut album arrived. While the album became one of 2005's most prominent indie rock releases, McBean brought Pink Mountaintops back the following year with Axis of Evol. The well-received Outside Love arrived in 2009, followed by a pair of Black Mountain releases (In the Future and Wilderness Heart). The group's fourth studio album, Get Back, dropped in early 2014.