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MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS' Rock N' Roll Triple Bill With Director Penelope Spheeris In Person At SF's Castro Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 27, 2015 04:02pm | Post a Comment

On Friday, May 8th, our pals at MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS present a tribute to director Penelope Spheeris at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre and it is a triple bill fit for the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame. After decades of bootlegs, hearsay, and double-talk rumors, Spheeris's The Decline of Western Civilization films have finally been digitally restored and will receive their first official release since the 1980s. It also happens to be the 23rd anniversary of Spheeris's comedy Wayne's World, so catch that on the big screen too! Spheeris will be in attendance and on the Castro stage for a live Q&A session.

Admission is only $13 for all three films. Advance Tix are on sale HERE!
 

Here's what's happening that night:


7:00pm: The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
Decline of Western CivilizationWorld Theatrical Premiere of DCP Restoration! Written & Directed by Penelope Spheeris

The world theatrical premiere of the seminal Punk classic features jaw-dropping performances by the Germs, X, Black Flag, Fear, Circle Jerks, Alice Bag Band, Catholic Discipline, along with brutally honest interviews with the young punks of Los Angeles circa 1980. Spheeris's stark camerawork captured this moment-in-time better than any film from the era and it's time to celebrate it in all of its purposeful unglory. Digitally restored picture and sound presented in a brand new DCP print courtesy of Spheeris Films. Preceded by a fistful of punk themed 35mm trailers. Q&A with Spheeris following the film.

9:15pm: Wayne's World (1992) - 23rd Anniversary
Wayne's WorldWritten by Mike Myers, Bonnie & Terry Turner
Directed by Penelope Spheeris

"We're not worthy!" Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, join director Penelope Spheeris onstage for her ode to Heavy Metal! Slyly subverting the music industry as it follows two maniacs who host a cable access show in their downstairs basement, this side-splitting, four star comedy finds a perfect balance between "stoopid" and profound, yet again proving Spheeris' unique understanding towards the adolescent youth of America. Come celebrate Wayne and Garth's magical journey that proves that even Saturday Night Live skit-inspired-flicks can change the world. Preceded by trailers made by Spheeris.

11:30pm: The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years (1988) - World Theatrical Premiere of DCP Restoration!
Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal YearsWritten & Directed by Penelope Spheeris

The world theatrical premiere of the seminal Metal classic features performances by Lizzy Borden, Faster Pussycat, Seduce, London, Odin, and the legendary Megadeth. This time around, the brutally honest interviews with the young head-bangers of Los Angeles circa late-1980s are even more complicated especially when aligned with some extremely uncomfortable conversations with Metal legends like Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and the infamous swimming pool sequence with Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P. Balanced out with the wise words of Alice Cooper and Lemmy from Motorhead, Spheeris' again captures a moment-in-time better than any film from the era and it's time to celebrate it in all of its accidental unglory. Digitally restored picture and sound presented in a brand new DCP print courtesy of Spheeris Films. Preceded by a fistful of metal themed 35mm trailers.

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