THE TRASH TREASURES OF JON MORITSUGU
Co-presented by Fandor
Combining the tropes of 60s art-house cinema with the primitive punk aesthetics of the Cinema of Transgression, Jon Moritsugu has been making movies far outside the mainstream for over twenty-five years. While his work has screened at venues as high profile as the Sundance, Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals and even public television, he continually shirks convention and classification. After making his name with a series of hand-made 16mm features, he’s recently embraced video with a fervor and a freeness to which every young filmmaker should be paying attention. Moritsugu’s world is overflowing with eye-popping production design, eardrum-destroying rock ‘n’ roll, gross-outs aplenty and deadpan one-liners you’ll be quoting for weeks. Special thanks to Zach Clark and Spectacle Theater!
Saturday, June 1:
In the tradition of BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS and LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE FABULOUS STAINS, Moritsugu's very first feature is the story of a female rock trio - sponsored by a sinister meat corporation. Our narrator is the bass player, who falls in love with a real pig's head that thinks out loud. See why Roger Ebert walked out after 7 minutes! Dir. Jon Moritsugu. 1990. Digital. 70 min. 9:30pm
Sunday, June 2:
A wholesome portrait of the perfect Japanese immigrant family - well, except for the scummy drug addict son who disappoints his parents. But who is stealing grandpa's morphine? Who is secretly gay for skinheads? And who is being blackmailed with a sex tape? Dir. Jon Moritsugu. 1993. Digital. 51 mins. 9:30pm
Three misguided social climbers scrounge for stardom! A closeted tennis star, a talentless fashion designer, an animal activist with an imaginary friend – will any of them make it? Dir: Jon Moritsugu. 1997. Digital. 73 mins.
Monday, June 3:
MOD FUCK EXPLOSION
In this teen angst epic, London (Amy Davis) longs for love and leather jackets. Meanwhile, vicious Mods wage a turf war against a gang of lip-synched Asian bikers. Dir. Jon Moritsugu, 1994. Digital. 76 min. 9:30pm
Tuesday, June 4:
Moritsugu’s first foray into video continues his devotion to fast music, cheap cameras and Amy Davis. A pretentious underground filmmaker (TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone) struggles with his masterpiece while a skuzzy punkoid chick (Davis) tries to keep her band from fading into obscurity. Dir. Jon Moritsugu, 2002. Digital. 79 mins. 9:30pm
Wednesday, June 5:
PIG DEATH MACHINE
A brainless bimbo is transformed into a total genius after eating rotten meat. Meanwhile, a misanthropic punk botanist babe gains the power to talk to plants. Moritsugu's first film in a decade is a triumphant return, complete with a hilarious film-within-a-film, and glittery bacon animation! Dir. Jon Moritsugu & Amy Davis, 2013. Digital. 84 mins. 9:30pm