Sunday, March 15, 2015
This Saturday: The KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival Returns!
Poster by Scott Moon. Lobby card by Sci Fi Bob Ekman.
Well, it's darn near springtime, so that means it's time for the customary March-April KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival, of course.
The customary March-April WHAT? Psychotronix WHAT??
That would be, rinse and repeat, the KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival, a hallucinatory "three hour tour" through the far, unsung and very, very odd frontiers of popular culture.
That means Scopitones, Soundies and other even more obscure musical shorts.
Also means trailers from drive-in movies starring non-union actors in cheap robot, gorilla and "thunder lizard" suits, theatre snack bar ads, well-meaning but inept 1950's educational films, vintage TV commercials, silent comedy clips and cartoon rarities.
The festival is to some degree a reaction against all standard rules of film programming/curating.
Instead of devoting a screening to one director, genre or one series, we throw a wide variety of films from different places, genres, techniques and time periods together in the pop culture Osterizer - and hit that "frappe" button.
Your tour guides, archivist-producers Bob Ekman, Scott Moon and yours truly, create the program on the fly, responding to audience reaction and choosing films accordingly.
One can hear the perpetrators of the festival, Paul F. Etcheverry (a.k.a. Monsieur Blogmeister), Sci Fi Bob Ekman and Scott Moon of Planet X Magazine, plug the all-16mm celluloid extravaganza tomorrow evening, March 16, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. PST with host Robert Emmett on the KFJC 89.7 FM Thoughtline show.
As fate would have it, the next KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival will occur this Saturday - think it's the #54th or 55th one (we started doing this in December 1992).
Poster by Judy Zillen.
The KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival
When: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7:00 to 11:30 PM
Where: Room 5015, Foothill College campus
12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills (El Monte exit off 280)
Why: We like cheesy movies.
$5 Donation Benefits KFJC. Bring $3 for Parking.
Parking: Lot #5.
Public Transit: Cal Train and VTA
Info: Foothill College Transportation & Parking. Arrive early, as the shows often sell out. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Be there or be oblong!