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Marin County's DocLands Documentary Film Festival, May 10-14

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 1, 2017 07:56pm | Post a Comment

Doclands Film Festival

Presented by the California Film Institute, the inaugural DocLands Documentary Film Festival will run in Marin County May 10–14. DocLands is a non-competitive and inclusive festival that will showcase documentary film in a variety of genres and with a diversity of content, highlighting films that transcend the traditional definition of the documentary.

Amoeba Music is proud to be part of the first-ever DocLands, sponsoring these two unique films:

NariNari
Wednesday, May 10, 7pm at Smith Rafael Film Center
DocLands Documentary Film Festival kicks off with the California premiere of Nari, a stunning short documentary blending film, archival footage, and animation accompanied by live narration and an original score featuring vocals, Indian percussion, and Gingger Shankar's unique double violin, with Carlo Ribaux on drums and Vivek Maddala on guitar and keyboard. Nari tells the life stories of the two extraordinary artists who helped bring Indian music to the West in the 1970s through their close collaboration with Ravi Shankar and The Beatles' George Harrison. Tickets.

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Happy Mother's Day: Serial Mom on Blu-ray!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 25, 2017 02:40pm | Post a Comment

Serial Mom

By Brent James

Just in time for Mother’s Day, John Waters’ 1994 wistful tale of a suburban supermom turned mass Serial Mom Blu-raymurderer, Serial Mom, is hitting the shelves May 9th in all of its remastered Blu-ray glory! Don't want to wait until then? Pre-order it now on Amoeba.com (and it'll ship to U.S. addresses for free).

Although not the trashiest of Waters’ films, Serial Mom takes the dark comedy route and steers it in all the filthy right places. We see Beverly Sutphin (portrayed by the ever amazing Kathleen Turner) send her kids off to school, with packed lunches and all, and then promptly march upstairs to conduct a series of obscene phone calls to her next-door neighbor -- all because she was cut off in the parking lot of Joann Fabrics.

It’s this immediate brilliance that sucks us into Beverly’s world. You see, she doesn’t pick her victims at random but rather targets the people that have caused her or her family grief. Selectively killing for not rewinding video tapes (it WAS ‘94 after all), or wearing white after Labor Day. In her eyes, she’s a superhero. It’s the ultimate love of a mother, only one that has crossed the lines that most of us never even step to. We think about it, but we don’t do it. Beverly Sutphin does it.

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10 Limited Edition Soundtracks Out on Record Store Day 2017

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 11, 2017 07:05pm | Post a Comment

10 Limited Edition Record Store Day Soundtracks

Record Store Day is so close, you can almost taste all the limited edition special releases! On Saturday, April 22, 2017, indie music stores everywhere will join forces and unleash this year’s rare and drool-worthy RSD releases. (Download a PDF of those exclusive releases HERE.) It’s our Xmas and we are going to town, no Santa needed!

The vinyl soundtrack selection is especially plentiful and exciting this year, full of scores and collections that are being released for the first time ever, first time on vinyl, or are re-releases of out-of-print albums. Film fans will flip for the fabulous colored vinyl, deluxe additions and packaging, and - in a couple of cases - beautiful picture discs.

Here's my 10 favorite from those being offered:

Ciao! Manhattan soundtrackCiao! Manhattan

Part of Andy Warhol's Factory in the mid-'60s, Edie Sedgwick was “It Girl” of the Pop Art age. 1973's Ciao! Manhattan was the model and actor's final film. Written and directed by John Palmer and David Weisman, the movie tells a somewhat fictionalized account of Sedgewick's life. She portrays Susan Superstar, a New Yorker who ends up living in a drained swimming pool in Santa Barbara, always in a narcotic daze. The film was shot over a five-year period, at the end of which Sedgwick died of a barbiturate overdose at the age of 28.

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TerrorVision, the Present Every Mother Really Wants

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 4, 2017 06:33pm | Post a Comment

TerrorVision

TerrorVisionBy Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


"People of Earth, you must heed my warning. Destroy your satellite receivers, dismantle your communications systems, render your TV sets inoperable for the next 200 Earth years."
- Pluthar of Pluton

What happens when an alien energy beam surges down a mutant Hungry Beast to the Putterman’s house on Putterman Lane?

Well, who's hanging out at the Putterman's house anyway, you may ask. We got Grandpa Putterman, who is a crazy military survivalist who makes his own lizard tail jerky, little boy Sherman Putterman, his punk rock sister Suzy and her heavy metal boyfriend named O.D., and, of course, their parents - who happen to be swingers - and their two swinger friends who are enjoying their sex-themed Pleasure Dome wing of the house. And how could I not mention the late night horror host, Medusa, who likes to party. (For any of you Russ Meyer fans, Medusa is very mammerable, um…I mean memorable, and you may have a flash-back to seeing her on Night Court or when she played a ditzy Dolly Parton-ish character on the “It Takes Two to Watusi” episode of Mama’s Family.) Welcome to the world of TerrorVision!

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Amoeba Sponsors the 15th Annual Indian Film Festival Los Angeles

Posted by Amoebite, March 13, 2017 05:18pm | Post a Comment

Indian Film Festival Los Angeles

We’re proud to be a sponsor of the 15th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), which will take place April 5-9 at Regal L.A. LIVE.

IFFLA is devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, supporting Lipstick Underneath My Burkhaemerging filmmakers, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. The five-day festival is the premiere platform for the latest in cutting-edge global Indian cinema and bridges the gap between the two largest entertainment industries in the world – Hollywood and India. The festival will showcase more than 25 films from the Indian filmmaking community across the globe, host the highly anticipated Opening and Closing red carpet Galas, and the Closing Awards ceremony.

The Festival will open with Lipstick Under My Burkha and its impressive ensemble cast of Konkona Hotel SalvationSen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra, and Plabita Borthakur in a dramatic, but irreverent and vibrant film about women and faith. The festival closes with the Los Angeles premiere of Hotel Salvation, the debut feature of Shubhashish Bhutiani, whose 2013 short film Kush was shortlisted for the Live Action Short Film Oscar and won IFFLA’s 2014 Audience Award.

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