Posted in To Do | movies | music on October 14, 2011

by BBG

From The Back Of The Room

Many people have the impression that the Riot Grrrl movement in the mid-90s was the end-all, be-all of female involvement in DIY punk. This is definitely not the case! Plenty of amazing ladies prior to this era paved the way for it, and plenty of amazing ladies continue to help keep DIY together today. [From The Back Of The Room] chronicles the past 30 years of female involvement in DIY punk, and has interviews with over 30 women from across the country, ages 17 to 40. Race, gender, sexuality, motherhood, class, and activism are all addressed in this film, giving a more complete picture of how these women participate in the DIY community, and how it affects their daily lives.
The film, which plays at ABC No Rio TONIGHT (10/14), features interviews from Laura of Kylesa (who plays NYC next Saturday, 10/22), Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill/Le Tigre, BV contributor Chris Boarts-Larson of Slug and Lettuce, members of Witch Hunt (who play Knitting Factory with Zounds as part of the Royal Flush Festival tomorrow, 10/15), Tobia from Look Back and Laugh, Michelle from Sick Fix, Renata from Samothrace, and contributors to Profane Existence, Crimethinc, and many more. Check out a trailer for the documentary below, which ALSO plays at the WFMU Record Fair on 10/30.

Speaking of the WFMU Record Fair, I hope you've finally paid off all of your prior year debts to make way for this year's extravaganza. The WFMU Record Fair goes down from 10/28 - 10/30 at Manhattan's Metropolitan Pavilion (125 w18th St), and will feature performances from CSC Funk Band, Prince Rama, Black Hollies, and Sediment Club in addition to films, Q&As, and did I mention oodles of VINYL. Admission is $7 or "earlybirds can enter beginning at 4pm on Friday for $25" so they can snatch up all the good shit before everyone else gets there.

From the Back of the Room trailer and a list of showings for the documentary are below.

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From the Back of the Room Trailer

WFMU RECORD FAIR - 10/28 - 10/30, 2011

Throughout the weekend:

Episodes of JAMES BROWN FUTURE SHOCK: James Brown's rarely seen Atlanta-region TV dance show!
AV LOUNGE

Saturday, October 29:

10am: Bedazzled.tv presents French Pop Rarities 1962-1968
AV LOUNGE

11:30am: LET'S MAKE A RECORD! + Q&A with Russell Scholl
Film/video archivist Russell Scholl presents a program dedicated to records (as in the shellac and vinyl varieties), the recording process, and the results thereof. The first commercial disc recording was released in 1894, and despite the popularity of that whole digital mess, LPs (descendants of that first disc) are still going strong today. You'll THRILL to historical film footage of the recording process, pressing plants, advances in audio production, and music, music, music! You'll practically be able to SMELL the sweet, deep, rich black vinyl, as you FLIP to the MAD, MAD SOUNDS bursting from the grooves! We celebrate recorded discs, small and large, that have provided so much for so many, for so long. Mono! Hi-Fi! Stereo! They're all here! Experience the world of recorded sound in all of its UNCOMPRESSED GLORY!
AV LOUNGE

12:45pm: live performance by PRINCE RAMA
BROADCAST SPACE

1pm: Celestial Navigations: The Short Films of Al Jarnow + Q&A with Michael Slaboch & Al Jarnow
The short films of Al Jarnow captured life's scientific minutia and boiled it down for easy consumption between cookie eating monsters and counting vampires. The screening will consist of 60 minutes of shorts from his independent work and films featured on public television, followed by a 30 minute documentary that deconstructs his creative process.
AV LOUNGE

3:15pm: Staring Into the Sun + Q&A with director Olivia Wyatt
Staring into the Sun is the latest ethno-folk cinema classic from Sublime Frequencies. Ethiopia is known to be one of the oldest areas inhabited by humans and presently has over 80 diverse ethnic groups. In 2009, photographer/filmmaker Olivia Wyatt explored 13 different tribes throughout Ethiopia in this visually stunning film on DVD with accompanying 136 page book of Polaroid photographs and audio CD of field recordings. Traveling from the northern highlands to the lower Omo Valley via bush taxi, Isuzu cargo trucks, and by any means possible, Wyatt brings together the worlds of Zar spirit possession; Hamertribal wedding ceremonies; Borena water well polyphonic singing; wild hyena feedings; and bizarre Ethiopian TV segments; presenting an enchanting look at these otherworldly images, stark landscapes and captivating sounds from the horn of Africa. The featured tribes are captured with an unflinching sense of realism and poetic admiration resulting in a visual and aural feast of the senses.
AV LOUNGE

3:30pm: live performance by SEDIMENT CLUB
BROADCAST SPACE

4:30pm: live performance by BLACK HOLLIES
BROADCAST SPACE

5:45pm: The Other Side of the Water
The Other Side of the Water follows a group of young immigrants who take an ancient music from the hills of Haiti and reinvent it on the streets of Brooklyn. This documentary follows the journey of DJARARA - the only sustained rara band in America - through a hidden New York landscape of vodou temples, underground economies, violent politics, and ground-shaking music. Combining archival footage and vérité narratives, this documentary focuses on the journey of the poetic visionary Pé Yves. Yves has led a Rara movement in New York for 20 years, through an era when the media accusing Haitians of bringing AIDS to America, to times of civil chaos in Haiti, to police brutality riots in New York - each time re-imagining Rara as a voice for an evolving Diaspora. The documentary tells the story of one man who learns to hold true to a vision; a motley band that comes to speak for a larger community; and a music that manages to create a new meaning of home in the Diaspora.
AV LOUNGE

Sunday, October 30:

1pm: Desperate Man Blues screening with live commentary from Joe Bussard
Plus a John Fahey discussion panel with Charlie Schmidt, Glenn Jones & Joe Bussard followed by a Fahey-style jam session featuring Glenn Jones, Charlie Schmidt and Ragtime Ralph at 3pm in the Broadcast Space
AV LOUNGE

1pm: live performance by CSC FUNK BAND
BROADCAST SPACE

3pm: John Fahey tribute with performance from Glenn Jones, Charlie Schmidt and Ragtime Ralph
In conjunction with the screening of Desperate Man Blues and panel discussion at 1pm in the AV Lounge(see above).
BROADCAST SPACE

3:15pm: People Like Us Presents The Magical Misery Tour + Q&A with Vicki Bennett
This 45 minute concert was created between June and September 2011 and premiered at "The Sound of Fear" at London's Southbank Centre on 3rd September 2011, under the working title of "Horror Collage". Now that the full length live set has been completed we have changed the name to something more fitting with the content.The source material is 95% from horror movies, with the content portraying not so much a scary nightmare but a journey through the underworld of everyday human experiences. It is not true to say you do not relate to this kind of horror movie. Truth is stranger than fiction. Having said this, People Like Us, as ever, see the positive and sometimes humorous side of the most ghastly scenarios, and by accompanying the edited found feature film footage with new sample collage pop songs, elevate you from the swamp.
AV LOUNGE

4:45pm: From the Back of the Room + Q&A with producer Amy Oden
Many people have the impression that the Riot Grrrl movement in the mid-90s was the end-all, be-all of female involvement in DIY punk. This is definitely not the case! Plenty of amazing ladies prior to this era paved the way for it, and plenty of amazing ladies continue to help keep DIY together today. This documentary chronicles the past 30 years of female involvement in DIY punk, and has interviews with over 30 women from across the country, ages 17 to 40. Race, gender, sexuality, motherhood, class, and activism are all addressed in this film, giving a more complete picture of how these women participate in the DIY community, and how it affects their daily lives.
AV LOUNGE

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FROM THE BACK OF THE ROOM SCREENINGS
October 14th: New York, NY @ ABC No Rio
October 19th: Washington, DC @ American University
October 21st: Philly, PA @ Grindcore House
October 30th: New York, NY @ WFMU Record Fair: 4:30pm
November 4th: Charlottesville, VA @ The Virginia Film Festival (venue TBA)
November 5th: Birmingham, AL @ the Firehouse
November 6th: Athens, GA @ Cine!
November 7th: NOLA @ TBA
November 8th and 9th: Austin, TX @ TBA
November 11th: Atlanta, GA @ In-Tune Studio
November 12th: Washington, DC @ Reel Fest DC
November 12th: Nashville, TN @ Little Hamilton
November 13th: Ashville, NC @ the Get Down
November 14th: Wilmington, NC @ TBA
November 15th: Charlotte, NC @ TBA
Nov 20th: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project

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Comments (26)

Wait, this record fair charges admission? They're making you spend money for have the opportunity...to spend money. Weak.

Posted by Paul | October 14, 2011 12:46 PM

sweet 999 shirt

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 12:54 PM

Yeah, they're really charging for this? I could just go to a record store for free...

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 1:00 PM

These are difficult times. If we want to continue to provide stuttering commentary and dead air between obscured atonal music. You will have to buck up!

Posted by Radio Daze | October 14, 2011 1:01 PM

it's seven bucks you cheap losers. Five bucks with a flyer/ad. (VV)

It's more like a record convention than a store. Mostly all conventions or fairs charge an admission.

If you can't pony up five or so dollars to spend a good portion of the day going through stuff that you will potentially spend lots more on, then you should just go to your record store or just stay home.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 1:04 PM

Unreal. The people that are commenting on here and questioning the methods behind what WFMU does ... are you new to the music world? Perhaps you should do a little research. That station has done more to promote music and free thinking in the past 50 years than any other radio station in this country. Forget KCRW. Forget KEXP. Those stations are chumps and can't even be mentioned in the same sentence with WFMU.

You all need to get yourself educated before you open your trust-fund mouths. Go get a cupcake and Cake Shop and shut the fuck up.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 1:05 PM

^ Cool guy alert!

The only good thing about WFMU is the Best Show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 1:12 PM

suck my left one

Posted by kathleen | October 14, 2011 1:13 PM

Yeah and still music as an industry is essential dead, crap music dominates, and whatever "free thinking" that the station promoted simply didn't take now did it?! The country couldn't free think it's way out of a paper bag.

Posted by Overrated | October 14, 2011 1:16 PM

wfmu is great, but bbg couldn't think of a god damn thing to say about it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 1:31 PM

While yes, Best Show is great on WFMU, come on ... DJ /rupture's show is bad mother fucking ass. And the Antique Phonograph show?! come ON!

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 1:34 PM

what about the *spin*doctors* show last night?

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 1:45 PM

Hey BBG....FUCK YOU!

Love, Phishheads

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 1:50 PM

Hey, where the white Grrrls at?

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 2:00 PM

Pseu on Friday, Bob Brainen on Saturday, Monica on Sunday, Irene on Monday, Trouble on Tuesday, Ken on Wednesday and Joe Belock on Thursday.

That's an example of just one show each day on FMU worth checking out.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 2:27 PM

I really do miss Stochastic Hit Parade that was on Sunday night. The way in which that show put forward the noise/avant-garde-contemporary classical/jazz and segued it with indie, pop and electronic was amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 2:35 PM

please, everyone, stay the hell away from this thing!! you all suck!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 3:11 PM

Hummus was avail at the snack bar last year. It was pretty good

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 3:17 PM

The Spinnnnn DOctorrss are going to be doctoring it up at the brooklyn bowl next sunday, hard ons abound

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 3:23 PM

L7 !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Blag the destroyer | October 14, 2011 3:28 PM

RE "From the the Back of the Room"

How about no thanks. Not a single woman of color in that trailer.

Posted by Colonel K | October 14, 2011 4:15 PM

LONG LIVE WFMU!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 5:12 PM

This is the best record fair, and you will find records that aren't in the shops.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 5:30 PM

Kathleen Hanna was an obnoxious self obsessed rock star back in the early 90's and turned off many female fans by her dumb on and off stage antics.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 6:34 PM

That trailer is such a bunch of nonsense inflating all these isms in the punk scene, which is cute the way the word punk is repeated so many times in barely 2 mins by largely suburban new comers to that music. Completely pretentious which should be part of what they are being against maybe?

They act as though there were no mixed male and female bands or all female punk bands before that riiioott grrl cute scene because there were many.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 6:43 PM

Hiowdy!!! Venture out to see Joe Bussard, Glenn Jones, Charlie Schmidt and RC Johnston (Ragtime Ralph) @ the WFMU Record Fair on October 30th, 2011...Cheers! Blind Brand X...

Posted by RC Johnston | October 16, 2011 12:48 AM

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