Our Spring livestream is here! Join us on YouTube to celebrate all things Scarecrow and physical media. Today’s festivities include:
12:05 Vintage shorts from the Sprocket Society
2:00 Music from Soft Boiled
3:00 “Filmly Feud” face-off between Scarecrow and the Grand Illusion Cinema
3:30 Music from Austin Dean
3:45 Interview with John Paizs (Note: this interview will NOT be archived…)
4:25 Film collage madness from Collide-O-Scope
5:00 A visit from Brian Trenchard-Smith
5:30 Music from Dean Johnson
6:30 Live chat with The Suspense is Killing Us podcast crew
7:00 Interview with Cynthia Rothrock
(all times are PDT…as this is a live event, the schedule may vary slightly…follow us on social media for any last-minute updates)
Today’s livestream is in support of Scarecrow’s Spring Campaign. As a non-profit, donor support is CRITICAL to assure our future and funds operating costs that keep the doors open, acquisitions that keep the collection growing with the latest releases and important reissues, and our community outreach efforts that connect more people in more places with film. We really need EVERYONE’S support to hit the day’s goal of $25,000.
Anyone who gives $150 or more can snag our latest limited-edition t-shirt, once again designed by Scarecrow’s own Wil Long.
Also, ALL donors to the telethon will be entered into a drawing for a free private party at Ark Lodge Cinemas!
Many thanks to ALL of our guests and contributors to today’s event and to YOU, the Scarecrow Community, who continue to make our work possible!
We’re incredibly thrilled that John Paizs, writer/director/star of all-time staff favorite and masterpiece CRIME WAVE, made time to chat with us for Scarecrow’s upcoming Spring Livestream (May 14, 12-8PM PT via YouTube).
If you haven’t seen CRIME WAVE, we enthusiastically suggest checking it out. Here’s Scarecrow’s Kevin Clarke with more from his review:
“The Top!” a voice-over guy shouts excitedly over a shot of some kind of pyramid of cake with a cherry on top. “Few guys made it!” Hyper-dramatic music plays in the background as we are introduced to several rock n’ roll “tribute kings,” including Elvis impersonator Ronnie Boyles, who is “From the North!” and who “Had a dream!” Ronnie murders a booker who’s trying to shake him down for “five bucks!” and the film seems ready to settle in, but abruptly cuts away to a young girl in a classroom. “The ending went like this,” she says. Back to Ronnie being chased by cops, he runs over an old man, crashes his car, and his life ends face-first in a telephone pole. There’s more movie in the first five minutes of Crime Wave than in all the minutes of some other movies.
Crime Wave is not, as the title might suggest, a film noir B-movie about criminals on a killing spree (except for sometimes, when it is), but is instead a bizarre, deadpan comedy focused on their writer, a silent loner named Steven Penny (director John Paizs), who lives above a garage and can’t seem to finish any of his Colour Crime screenplays. Throughout the movie we are treated to scenes from a handful of said Colour Crime screenplays. He can get the beginnings and endings just fine, it’s those darn middles that seem to give him such a problem. The proceedings are narrated by Kim (Eva Kovacs), the young girl from earlier, who becomes fast friends with Steven.
Produced, written and directed by Canadian auteur John Paizs, and shot in bold, bright colors, in square, locked-down camera set-ups that make it seem like an educational film produced by aliens. The Colour Crime “beginnings” and “endings” play out like short sketch comedy films, so it’s no surprise that Paizs was sought out by The Kids in the Hall to direct segments for their show. The “real world” of the film takes place in an oddly disconnected sitcom universe, with Kim dryly explaining everything that transpires.
Crime Wave occupies the same left field as go-for-broke, genre-bending movies like Repo Man and The American Astronaut. Available on DVD, but originally released on VHS as The Big Crime Wave (so as not to be confused with Sam Raimi’s Crimewave from the same year), seek this out however you can!
“I really did mean to be good.” -Steven Penny
Take a look at a clip here:
And be sure to join us for our Livestream on Saturday, May 14 from 12-8PM PT! Follow us on YouTube for reminders and updates!
REPRESENT! is a monthly spotlight of filmmakers and storytellers from different cultures, countries, identities, and underrepresented groups in order to expose and educate our community to unique voices and visions in cinema. Scarecrow will join forces with a spectrum of community partners to collaboratively curate lists of films as well as provide resources about the experiences they represent.