Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Portland's own Jackpot Records knows how to throw together a music-themed film festival.  They've been cobbling together one classic lineup after another for the annual Jackpot Records Film & Music Festival for nine years running now.  Past highlights have included hometown screenings of Alan Zweig's fascinating and shocking documentary ode to hoarding Vinyl, a live TV Carnage event, the PDX debut of Jandek in concert, and, of course, enough psych and garage goodies to thrill even the most jaded record nerds in attendance.

This year's fest is "dedicated to misunderstood geniuses and visionaries. The ground breakers that weren’t afraid to reveal the vision of their true selves, their true sound, or their truly irreverent music-loving souls."  From the looks of it, the schedule stays true to the intended theme.  I saw Jobraith A.D. when it played earlier this year at QDoc; you won't want to miss it. 

Pretty much all of these look great, from the tale of record store madness that informs Rhino Resurrected to one man's late-in-life play for a music career in Charles Bradley: Soul of America there's certainly something for everyone (my enduring love for Mudhoney, for instance, will surely be sated by Tuesday night's feature, I'm Now: The Story of Mudhoney).

Admission is a paltry five smackers per night.  You can't beat that with a stick. 

And now, here are the trailers:

The Jackpot Film & Music Festival runs from Monday, September 24th through Friday, September 28th at the Bagdad Theater.  More info available here.

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Is it already time for another installment of Kung Fu Theater at the Hollywood Theatre?  Man, this year is just slipping through my hands!  Well, back to the good news: KUNG FU on a big ass screen, projected from a rare 35mm print!  And, boy, do Dan and the crew at the Hollywood have a real treat in store for faithful attendees this month.  It's a Shaw Brothers classic directed by Kung Fu Theater favorite Chang Cheh: 1978s Crippled Avengers.

As per usual, buying tickets in advance is advisable, as these events regularly sell out.

Here's the details courtesy of Kung Fu Theater's release:

On Tuesday September 18th at 7:30pm, Kung Fu Theater presents an extremely rare 35mm print of the martial arts classic Crippled Avengers. 

The Venom Mob star as a group of men each individually attacked and left crippled. One is blind, one is deaf and mute, one legless, and one mentally challenged. Now they must each learn unique kung fu to overcome their disabilities and exact revenge on the person responsible: the ruthless man with the iron hands! Get ready for non-stop martial arts mayhem, wild acrobatics, and homoerotic funky style (did ancient kung fu masters really roam the Chinese countryside bare-chested, sporting huge sideburns?) Directed by Chang Cheh. 

35mm kung fu trailers before the movie.


Crippled Avengers plays one-night-only at the Hollywood Theatre on Tuesday, September 18th at 7:30pm.  More info available here.

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