it’s not a phase

it’s not a phase
[an exploration of formative angst (a video screening) ]

conspired by Nothing To See Here
Saturday, September 20, 2014
8pm doors; 8.30 show [real time not punk time]
$8 or pay what you can
The Sidewinder Tavern [4485 Logan Street, Denver]

Drawing ties between underground subcultures and the construct of youth as direct contributors to the struggle to develop personal autonomy, the common thread across ‘it’s not a phase’ considers how these experiences lead toward a greater sense of empowerment and influence the person that one becomes.

With Works By: Leslie Supnet, Ben Russell, Scott Treleaven, Mike MillsAdán De La GarzaDanny Plotnick, Harmony Korine and more.

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we weren’t bored (excerpt) – Adán De La Garza – 2.30mins – 2014

This excerpt is from a larger body of work involving hours of video my group of friends shot from the ages of sixteen to about twenty two. This video was shot in October of 2001 but I hadn’t seen it until June of 2014 for several reasons. The first was while we were being chased by a good samaritan (an on-duty coca cola worker in his own vehicle) we broke the tape and ate part of it so the police couldn’t watch the footage to incriminate us further (it would have). The second reason is that the police confiscated the tape for about seven years despite my numerous attempts to retrieve it off and on over the course of several years. One day the police department called my parents house and left a message for me on the answering machine claiming I had evidence to pick up. My step aunts listened to the message before I did but seemed confused by it. They inquired what evidence they could be talking about and I just played dumb and dismissed it. I got the tape the next day, moved with it several times and finally spliced it back together this summer. The main figure in the footage was paper arrested and we had to pay a total of $900 to replace the window he shattered in order to get the charges dropped. My parents never found out.

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Skate Witches – Danny Plotnick – 1.58mins – 1986

A gang of female Skate Boarders and their pet rats terrorize all the boy skate boarders in town. 1986. Super 8.

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The Animated Heavy Metal Parking Lot – Leslie Supnet – 1.40mins – 2008
Animation of my favorite metal heads from the original “Heavy Metal Parking Lot.”

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Black and White Trypps Number Three  – Ben Russell – 11:30mins – 2007

…a filmic portrait of secular rapture that harks back to the great annunciation canvases of Titian and Caravaggio.” – Michael Sicinski, Green Cine Daily

The third part in a series of films dealing with naturally-derived psychedelia. Shot during a performance by Rhode Island noise band Lightning Bolt, this film documents the transformation of a rock audience’s collective freak-out into a trance ritual of the highest spiritual order.

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The Salivation Army – Scott Treleaven – 22mins – 2002

‘This Is the Salivation Army’ was a “queer pagan punk” publication, produced by Scott Treleaven from 1996-1999. The film tracks the rise and demise of Treleaven’s zine and the strange cult it spawned:

“Blurrily combining evocative enactments of cult-like activities with genuine evidence from the project’s epoch, the film lyrically represents The Salivation Army as a brief movement in history—both inspirationally realized and pointedly imaginary. As Treleaven explained in the film’s voiceover, the best thing for The Salivation Army was not to be unique, but to be part of an ongoing history. These historical inspirations are unmistakable—from the cult musician/performer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and writers William Burroughs and Brion Gysin to the most evocative influence: late-radical-queer-punk filmmaker Derek Jarman.” — Matt Wolf (‘Wild Combination’, ‘Teenage’)

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“Act da Fool” – Harmony Korine – 4.18mins – 2010

A series of hazy 8mm vignettes, accompanied by a soft, lilting voice over, in which girls skulk around schoolyards, spray graffiti, drink, smoke, pose and embrace, evoking the loneliness, confusion and overwhelming wonder of growing up. – description straight outta IMDB

It’s about girls who sleep in abandoned cars and set things on fire. It’s about the great things in life. The stars in the sky and lots of malt liquor. – Harmony Korine

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Deformer – Mike Mills – 17mins – 1996

A portrait of professional skateboarder and contemporary artist Ed Templeton.