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mat abroad," commented Schreier.
By Seth Flicker "Eight millimeter is more affor-
dable and more accessible medium. It
was the video before video. It's cheap
A RE YOU getting sick of those and easy to process," he added.
high-budget, overly sensational Besides the eight millimeter films, .
first run films? If so, help is on its which are around five to fifteen
way. The 16th Annual Eight minutes in length, there will also be a
MIillimeter Film Festival promises a series of workshops. The first
week chock full of B-movies, workshop will be led by Steven Good-
documentaries, animated and ex- man, the project director of the
perimental films, as well as Satellite Academy Video Center.
workshops, discussions and perfor- Satellite is an alternative public high
mances. school in New York City which con-
From February 3 to February 10, on nects its students to community
various locations on campus, over 60 awareness via video production.
eight millimeter films submitted for Along with Goodman, John Sims, a
competition will be shown to the student at Satellite, will be present.
public. . Steven Chivers will lead another
"It is a progressively growing workshop. Chivers is an English
festival which started out as a small filmmaker who achieved much kudos
home-movie type thing," said Mark as well as many major awards at the
Schreier, director of the festival. Brussles eight millimeter film
"Michael Fierson, a former director Festival. He will show his films, as
of the festival went around Europe will Mark Titmarsh, an Australian
and other countries and recruited filmmaker and one of the judges of
many films and filmmakers to come this year's festival.
here. Suddenly the festival took on an The last workshop will be led by
international scope." Robert Rose, an award winning film-
According to Schreier, besides the maker who resides in Rhode Island.
United States, other countries Rose will concentrate on the advan-
represented in the festival are Argen- tages and disadvantages of working
tina, Finland, Germany, Spain, with special effects in super-8.
Columbia, Hungary and Australia. Beth B. is a much admired New
York film director of music video
C W HAT PEOPLE SEE as an (Joan Jett's "I Need Someone") and B-
amateur home movie for- film fame. Black Box and The Trap
mat here is a very professional for- Door, both written, produced and

(especially if she were a female)
whether I considered myself a man or
a boy I would not hesitate a moment
before saying "I am a man." I would
quickly assert my manliness not
because I am sure I am a man, but
because I'm afraid of being. con-
sidered a boy.
You see, boys are little and insecure
and inexperienced. Boys depend on
other people. Boys are
vulnerable-sometimes they even
cry. I would be afraid to admit that I
have boyish traits, so Itwould puff out
my chest, and broaden my shoulders,
and in the deepest voice I could
muster I would exclaim "I am a
And that haughty, strained ex-
clamation would be, well... not true.
Yes. It would be a lie.
I suppose what I really am is a
young adult. But then again ABC Af-
ter School Specials are aimed at
young adults, and the only one I ever
saw was about dealing with puberty.
I'll just make things easier and say
that I am sometimes manly (not exac-
tly a man, but man-like).
For example, when my younger
brother calls me from his college to
ask me for advice on women and
school and dealing with his room-
mate, then I am a sturdy Ward
Cleaver type (and manly without
When I drank a bottle of tequila with
my uncle in a cabin after a long hike,
and we had a man to man talk about
our sexual experiences, well, hell,
that was manly.
Unfortunately, just as often as I am
manly I regress to boyhood. One such
regression took place about a week
ago when I took my girlfriend to an

expensive restaurant for our first an-
When the waiter asked us if we wan-
ted any drinks before dinner I said
confidently, "I believe that we'll wait
and have white wine with our meal."
The statement sounded fairly man-
like considering that I, being but two
decades old, had no identification with
which to back it up.
But how could the waiter ask me for
identification? I was wearing a tweed
suit, and lots of cologne just like my
dad does, and oldetimer's wing-tipped
shoes, and one of my roommates even
said I looked business-like.
Later when the waiter took our or-
der my girlfriend ordered a glass of
white wine. I figured I would sound
more like an adult if I asked the waiter
to compare two wines for me before I
made my decision.
"What do you suggest between the
Cabernet Sauvignon and the Zinfan-
del," I asked.
"Cabernet Sauvignon is a red and
Zinfandel is a white for starters,"
responded the waiter.
After I made my educated decision
the waiter asked us for identification.
"Well, um, I only have a press pass,"
I murmured staring down at my
mature wing-tipped shoes. At that
point they may as well have been
Sesame Street Feet Warmers, and my
tweed suit a fire truck-covered
pajama top.
"I'm sorry," said the waiter, "I
can't serve you. The rules are real
tough around here."
W E SAID THAT WE understood
and I added "No problem. Don't
worry about it," pretending to be a
good sport.
"Mike, I think we got carded
because you asked him to compare a
red and a white. I wouldn't have
known one was white and one was red
either," my girlfriend whispered
reaching out to touch my hand.
I pulled my hand away and placed it
on my lap. And then I sat and stewed
in my ineffectuality as a romantic


male-the man who wines and
dines-the social sophisticate. Not all
the cologne or tweed in the world
could hide my failure. I was a boy
playing dress-up and I got caught. My
chest tensed up and I clenched my
teeth. Now I was trapped in a suit and
tie, and oldtimer's shoes and I was not
hungry, and I wanted to scream as
loud as I possibly could, but I
remained silent.
A man would have just laughed off We Won't Pull The Wool (
the simple mistake. Or he might have YOU MIGHT MISS
ordered a Shirley Temple and said
"alcohol gets me tired anyway." But BIG W OOL BL
a boy would stew, and writhe, and (Sale through Febru
clench, and in so doing destroy an
evening. And so I finished my meal and
walked out of the restaurant, a 20 year
old boy. uaCuits
Babes! If you want a shot at a M = t r
dream date with Tim Carrico, M iltary 0
featured as our Bachelor of the 210 S. Fourth Ave.
Month in last week's column, send (across from the Capitol Market)
cards, letters, and bribes to:
Bachelor of the Month
c/o Weekend Magazine
420 Maynard
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trends of our decade with satirical K N G I
songs by fictional bands. There's=
"Matzo Balls to the Wall" by Mensch,
and "0 Sharkey's Dog" by a Flock of~
New YorkConceptualArtistsWithout_
Work--a fine parody of Laurie Ander-=
son. Other funny tracks include=B
"Breakin' Wind" by the Ghetto= 5
Blasters, and a tune by The Wounded =Stadium Blvd. ;
Reagans. There's also a shot at John-
Trubee's offensive brand of humor,
but it isn't too funny because Trubee=
is actually on the record, which sort of- jj
defeats the point, right? Most of this I
disc is just silly or boring, but seems a
lot more clever when you're just Briarwood
reading the psychedelic lyric sheet or Ma
examining the flourescent rolling= ctrs Way
paper (both included in the record
jacket). Trigon Records, 6837 Hanna==;
Ave., Canoga Park, California 91303
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'B-movie 'star Pat Place in 'Ietters to Dad. '


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at the Michigan Theater


8:00 FRIDAY, JAN. 31
"WINGS" (1927) Dir-William A. Wellman
One of the most famous silent films will be
presented by the Michigan Theater with live
organ accompaniment. "Wings" is the story of
two all-American boys (in love with the same
girl) who enlist in the Army Air Corps during
WWI. It was the first Oscar winner as best pic-
ture and the combat flying sequences are
among the best in Hollywood history. Stars Clara
Bow and Gary Cooper.
5:00 SUNDAY, FEB. 2 Dir.-Nicholas Ray
An adolescent son (James Dean) of a well-to-do family gets
into trouble with other kids and the police. Also start Natalie
Wood. -
7:00 "EAST OF EDEN" (1955) Dir.-Elia Kazan
In a California farming valley in 1913, a wild adolescent
(James Dean) rebels against his stern father and discovers
that his mother, believed dead, runs a nearby brothel.
Based on the 'novel by John Steinbeck.
See all these great films projected on the large screen in the historic
Michigan Theater. Call 668-8397 for more information. Admission to
films is $3.00 for a double bill or a single bill. Students and senior
citizens $2.50. Tickets go on sale one-half hour before showtime.


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directed by Beth and her ex-husband
Scott, will be shown along with Let-
ters to Dad. Following Letters to Dad,
Beth will hold a discussion as well as
presenting a collection of various
music videos.
Nick Zedd, another New York
filmmaker, responsible for films such
as Geek Maggot, Bingo, and They Eat
Scum will present "Cinema of Trans-
"Cinema of Transgression" is one of
those things that has become like new
wave," said Schreier. "Originally,
these were films that took existence
and bared its soul and bones. What
they are trying to show you is alot of
people, emotions and lifestyles on the
edge and combining it with alot of
pain, ecstasy and madness."
Among the festivities there will be a
live performance by Hungarian ar-
tists Andre Borocz and Laszlo Revesz,
and a festival party.
W 'THAT WE ARE trying to do
this year is expand the
festival. Never before have there been
workshops and performances. We are
bringing the people in the industry to
the public. I don't think that there has
been anything like this before at
Michigan," said Schreier.
"I think that the public will love it,"
Schreier added. "If you are interested
in this at all, or even if you're not, it
will fascinate you."

Calendar of Events for the
Eight Millimeter Festival:
Monday February 3, 8 p.m. -
Australian filmmaker Dirk De Bruyn
will present an hour of Australian
films and his own film. At Eyemediae,
214 N. Fourth Ave., Admission $3.
Tuesday, February 4, 8 p.m. - An
evening of Hungarian films. At
Eyemediae. Admission $3.
Wednesday February 5, 8p.. - Beth
B. will presentdandtdiscuss her film
Letters to Dad. At. Auditorium A,
Angell Hall. Admission $3.
Thursday February 6, 7 and 9
p.m.- Eight millimeter films in com-
petition. At Auditorium A. Admission
$3 sgl./$5 dbl.
Friday February 7, 1 p.m. - Miklos
Erdely presents a Hungarian film
showcase. Auditorium A. Admission
7 and 9 p.m. - Films in com-
petition. Auditorium A. Admission $3
sgl./$5 dbl.

Saturday February 8 - Workshops.
Admission is $2 for one workshop and
$5 for the series.
9:30 a.m. - Steve Goodman,
project director of the Satellite
Academy Video Center.
10:45 a.m. - Steven Chivers,
English filmmaker. He will also
present a series of his films.
2 p.m. - Mark Titmarsh,
Australian filmmaker.
3:30 p.m. - Robert Rose -
"Special effects in super eight."
Noon - The film In The Name of the
People will be shown. This documen-
tary, which is about guerillas in El
Salvador, is the only eight millimeter
film nominated for an Academy
Award. At Auditorium A. Admission
7 and 9 p.m. - Films in Com-
petition. Auditorium A. Admission $3
sgl./$5 dbl.
11 p.m. - Festival party. At Sch-
waben Hall, 213 S. Ashley. Admission
Sunday February 9, 7 and 9 p.m. -
Winners night. Auditorium A. Ad-
mission $3 sgl./$5 dbl.
Monday February 10, 8 p.m. - The
films The Black Box and The Trgp
Door will be shown. Both B-movies
are written, produced and directed by
Scott and Beth B.


Continued from last page
dering, melodramatic main theme
from Edward Wood's classic, Plan 9
From Outer Space? The atrocious
"Beware of the Blob" by a young Burt
Bacharach? The . 'V-girl' songs,
('Vicki' and 'Valerie') by the star-
tingly awful Arch Hall Jr.? Or "Big-
Boss-A-Go-Go Party" from Rat-Pfink
A Boo Boo?
The album is made up, for the most
part, of bizarre rockabilly that the
Cramps will probably cover on their
next album. (It's amazing that they
haven't covered "Shook Out of
Shape" from The Incredibly Strage
Creatures Who Stopped Living and
Became Mixed-Up Zombies yet.) But
the album also features an X-mas
gem. Many years ago, I had the soun-
dtrack from Santa Claus Conquers the
Martians, a movie which I never saw,
but I knew the plot from a comic-book
included with the record. It was about

a martian who tried to get Santa to
give presents to martian kids. The
martian was named Dropo, after Walt
Dropo, I guess. Pia Zadora played one
of the martian kids, no joke.
The big hit from the record was,
"Hooray for Santa Claus," which
features a children's chorus unlike
any you have ever heard, or ever will
hear. "Hooray" is faithfully
reproduced here, and its availability
will probably have profound impact
on future holiday seasons.
-John Logie
Woodstock 1985 (Trigon)

11 p.m. - Nick Zedd presents
'Cinema of Transgression."
Residential College Auditorium,
E. University. Admission $3.


Funnier in

concept than in

execution. Woodstock 1985 is chock full
of homage to some of the "great"



8 Weekend-January 31, 1986


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