Today’s episode is a true story. I’m sure it happens all the time.
Archive for February, 2011
Press Release for the The Haunted Drive-In at The Fridge
Filmmaker/Video Artist Rob Parrish will be presenting “The Haunted Drive-In” on February 25th at D.C.’s Fridge Art Space. The show starts at 8 pm.
The Haunted Drive-In is a special showing of the films of deceased Drive-In owner Frank Bernard. Ms. Cynthia Bernard, Mr. Bernard’s widow, has asked Mr. Parrish to select and introduce the films for this event. Mr. Bernard made these films using discarded industrial and educational films. The films were kept secret during Mr. Bernard’s lifetime. Ms. Bernard states that “Frank ask me to destroy the films on his death bed, I told him I’d do no such f__ing thing. He spent so much time on these weird short films — damn it, they must be seen by the public.” Like Ms. Bernard, the films are a bit profane, so this is an over-18 event. Ms. Bernard will attend the screening and help introduce the films.
To celebrate the spirit of the Drive-In experience, guests are asked to bring flashlights and sleeping bags or other sit-upons. This night of film and storytelling will be illuminated only by flashlights and projector light.
This event is part of the Fridge’s Fresh Produce Festival of Live Art.
The Fridge is located at 516 8th Street SE (Back Alley), Washington D.C., 20003
Rob Parrish, a Baltimore, Maryland native, is an Arlington, VA based video artist and filmmaker. Rob’s work has been shown at The Baltimore Museum of Art, Transformer Gallery (DC), Civilian Art Space (DC), The Museum of the Americas (DC), Curator’s Office (DC), The Washington Project for the Arts (DC), The Fridge (DC), The Pioneer Theatre (NYC), DC Shorts (DC), and, Pixelodeon at the American Film Institute (Los Angeles, CA).
A God of commerce, a Grocery God to be exact, reflects on his career and the love of his life. The episode includes – bouffants, beautiful 1960′s groceries (check on the “Warhol” Brillo Box in the last shot), death, sex, and love. Also, my friend Byron observed that the check out stations in the still above suggest the word “FUN” . . . I think he’s right. The source footage is a grocery checker training film. A subliminal message to checkers? “Your work is FUN!”
This episode is the product of a summertime date night with my buddy Paris (General Sherman from Ep. 2.4). “You talk like a man with a paper asshole” . . . one of my dear departed grandmother’s favorite sayings. No kidding . . . explains a lot.
This is the longest NTH ever and the biggest departure from format. Not one frame of archive.org public domain footage appears in this episode (although part of the music does hail from archive). However, I think it still retains its NTHness.
A quick plug for Chris. Chris has written and directed a play to be presented as part of Landless Theatre Co.’s Mash-Up festival at the D.C. Arts Center. Chris’s play mashes up Tarzan/Porn with that “great” film musical Xanadu. I’m going to check it out, you should too! Click Chris’s name above for more info.