Sunday, December 06, 2015
This Saturday Night: The KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival Returns - Our Better Judgment Notwithstanding
Yes, indeedy do, as this poster by festival co-producer Scott Moon proclaims, on this coming Saturday, December 12, flying in the face of everyone's better judgment yet again, the KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival returns to besmirch the hallowed halls of Foothill College's Room 5015.
We will be back with yet another freewheeling improvised program of questionable entertainment, inevitably wreaking a winter harvest of pop culture mayhem.
"Psychotronix" is a variation on Michael Weldon's absolutely essential book, The Psychotronic History Of Cinema, which remains the one and only source covering all varieties of under-the-radar B-films: monster movies, exploitation, horror films, science fiction, rock 'n' roll revues, etc.
Reacting against the very idea of devoting a screening to one director, one genre or one series, curator-archivist-producers-mad scientists Sci Fi Bob Ekman, Scott Moon and yours truly essentially create the program on the fly; we respond to audience reaction and select films accordingly in a "And Now For Something Completely Different" approach to film programming.
As far as overall content goes, the more obscure, the lower the budget, the more under-the-radar, the more pointlessly bizarre, the better.
The delirious mix includes weird cartoons, 1930's comedy shorts, vintage TV commercials, silent film clips, well-meaning but awkward educational films, snack bar ads, Scopitones, Soundies and kidvid gone wrong, terribly wrong.
The next KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival will return (by nothing remotely resembling popular demand) to spacious room 5015 on the Foothill College campus in the lovely Los Altos Hills, not far from the dreaded Silicon Valley on Saturday, December 12, 2015.
Ever-facile movie music expert and linguistically nimble host of "The Norman Bates Memorial Soundtrack Show" Robert Emmett m.c.s the festivities with panache, bon mots and a carefully picked selection of cheesy door prizes.
In addition, the three archivists of Psychotronix will be jabbering about this Saturday's extravaganza on KFJC 89.7 FM at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow evening from 6PM to 7PM Pacific Standard Time.
Since Saturday's KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival happens to be taking place on the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra, there will definitely be some Chairman Of The Board-related footage on hand. It won't, however, be the following trailers, unless someone literally sells or gives 16mm film prints of them to one of The Three Archivists sometime this week.
So while we don't know just WHAT Sinatra-related 16mm footage will be included in the program, there will be some!
The KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival
When: Saturday, December 12, 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.
How Much? $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!