Sunday, November 26, 2017

This Saturday: the 25th Anniversary KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival

Next weekend, the KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival rides the vistas of "our celluloid past" yet again.

This is the 25th anniversary of the first time archivists Sci Fi Bob Ekman and Paul F. Etcheverry schlepped 16mm projectors and boxes of reels into Room 5015 of Foothill College to produce a benefit show for our favorite radio station, KFJC 89.7 FM.

Our favorite KFJC on-air personality, the mindbogglingly knowledgeable movie and television music expert Robert Emmett, hosted the cinematic crazy quilt: the customary Psychotronix Film Festival deluge of ancient commercials, weird and forgotten cartoons, bizarre beyond belief musical short subjects, trailers from bad movies and clips from long-gone TV shows.

To his emcee role, Mr. Emmett brought the same flair and wit with which he has hosted The Norman Bates Memorial Soundtrack Show on Saturday mornings for three decades.

In 1997, Scott Moon, publisher of Planet X magazine and prolific producer/curator of 16mm film presentations in Sacramento, joined us and immediately upped the Psychotronix Film Festival ante.

Scott, archivist from the Cinema Insomnia TV show and the uncrowned King Of Scopitones, brought his imagination, humor and showmanship to the proceedings and gave our shows quite a lift.

So here we are, 25 years later, amazed we're still doing this. Yours truly (Mr. Blogmeister), having seen massive and Draconian changes in his life over the past 18 months, shall return to his former stomping grounds, the San Francisco Bay Area, for another opportunity to put on, as the great impressionist Will Jordan would say, "a rilllllllly big shoe" with this dream team of Robert, Sci Fi Bob, Scott and, presenting the always epic display of one sheets and lobby cards, Gary "The Poster King" Hascall.

The 25th anniversary KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival, New And Improved like 1950's dishwashing detergents, will bring the aforementioned usual suspects back to the Foothill College campus for another delirious all-16mm extravaganza.

As it was when we started presenting this cornucopia of pop culture mayhem, our overstocked and overheated archive is bursting at the cellulose acetate seams with some of the oddest - and I mean the oddest - films a moviegoing human shall see.

For the audience, we will have our customary Wide World Of Cheesy Door Prizes, such as Star Trek figurines, "drinking monkey" shot glasses, a Psychoanalyst comic book and delightful B-studio cartoons and Z-studio features on DVD - Glen Or Glenda, The Slime People and other masterpieces - that will never come close to making the AFI "7500 Best Films Of The 20th Century" list.

The night's program, including vintage snack bar ads, bloopers, well-meaning but clubfooted 1950's educational films, as well as trailers from drive-in movies featuring guys in robot and lizard suits, shall present quite the Mojo Workout!

The 25th Anniversary KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 7:00 PM 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.

One can hear the fellas who produce this, the straws that stir the Psychotronix drink (Messrs Emmett, Ekman, Etcheverry, and Moon) jabber about the festival - A.K.A. attempt to explain something that absolutely, positively defies anything remotely resembling rational explanation - on KFJC tomorrow evening, November 27 on ThoughtLine from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Let's finish the 2017 the right way - Psychotronically! Be among those who can say "I was there" at the 25th anniversary KFJC Psychotronix Film Fest!

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