This 4th of July weekend one of Severin’s favorite theaters in the country, The Cinefamily will team up with the maestros of found footage comedy, Everything is Terrible to present the 2nd annual Everything is Festival 2011 — an insane and eclectic five-day celebration of everything we all love: discovery, weirdness, and just plain fun. Screening as part of this unique event on July 3rd will be David A. Prior’s shot-on-video nightmare-logical fever dream Sledgehammer from 1983, which was recently released on DVD and VHS(!) by our sister company, Intervision Picture Corp.
Preceding the screening of Sledgehammer on the 3rd, our own Evan Husney’s obscure horror film mash-up “Brain Bludgeon” will screen and is self described as “a transcendental fusion of trash exposing the willing to everything curious, bizarre, hilarious and awful about no-budget genre films. Hot penny torture, exploding 3D skulls, brutal “de-fetusing,” raping zombies, and much more collide in this blissfully IQ-withering amalgamation of exploitation hell.”
The lineup includes “keynote” speaker Mark Hosler from Negativland, Andrew W.K. delivering his legendary motivational speech, a tribute to the Firesign Theatre, Neil Hamburger dipping into his personal collection of obscure TV specials made by a 70-year-old grandmother, a group show of video mash-up insanity (co-curated by Four Four, and including contributors ranging from TV Carnage to Rob Schrab), a closing 4th of July BBQ featuring Joe Dante’s epic 1969 4-hour found footage film The Movie Orgy and much, much more. It’s a kind of gonzo convention for the most insane collectors of film and video ephemera mixed in with with all of our favorite people on frontier of the comedy scene — people pushing the envelope of what comedy even is. Is that funny or just fuckin’ weird? Is truth stranger than fiction? Who made this and why? Does it even matter? Check out the incredible line-up below:
- A live panel feat. the writing staff from Conan O’Brien’s talk shows both past and present!
- Andrew W.K.’s brand-new über-motivational live lecture!
- Keynote speaker Mark Hosler (of Negativland)’s Adventures In Illegal Art: a live video/storytelling presentation on the history of Negativland’s infamous and hilarious media hoaxes!
- Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation: the legendary ’80s VHS shot-for-shot remake of Raiders by a cast & crew of teenagers in Mississippi — with the film’s star Chris Strompolos in person!
- A tribute to the Firesign Theater, with founding Firesign members Phil Proctor and Peter Bergman!
- The triumphant return of Dangerous Men, possibly the single most head-spinning holyfuckingshit feature film we’ve collectively ever seen!
- Neil Hamburger’s tribute to Dora Hal, the queen of “vanity entertainment”!
- A rare 35mm screening of Joe Dante’s The Movie Orgy, the epic four-hour late ’60s found footage marathon!
- The Pelican Brief Project: a completely weird live re-scoring by Candybox Violence!
- Thu Tran (host of IFC’s Food Party”) in person, with a special live show!!!!
- A late-nite live show from found footage pioneer TV Carnage!
- A megamix show of Cinefamily and Everything Is Terrible!’s favorite Supercuts and Trash Compactors, featuring a live appearance by FourFour!
- A sneak preview of The Agency, the psyche-shattering new animated feature from David O’Reilly (“The External World”) & Vernon Chatman (“Wonder Showzen”)!
- A program of crazed animation found footage curated by David O’Reilly!
- Ninja Annihilation War, the lost ninja ’80s classic by the Fung Brothers, introduced by Zack Carlson of Austin, TX’s Alamo Drafthouse!
- The return of Rob Schrab & Dan Harmon’s Found Crap!
- Sledgehammer: one of the earliest and most insane SOV (shot-on-video) horror films ever!
- The return of the Found Footage Battle Royale!
- A mondo mix of Hong Kong supernatural wizard flicks, plus a 35mm screening of Devil Fetus!
EIF! Festival Pass – $90 (Festival Passes will not be available at the box office during any EIF! show. Online sales of Festival Passes will close 5 days before the start of the first EIF! showtime.)
Tickets to individual shows -$10 ($14 for Andrew W.K.’s Party Lecture)