Tuesday, July 25, 2017

NW Drunk Punk History Volume One

"The Infamous Kitsap Ferry Riot" animated documentary and graphic novel.

The Teen Dance Ordinance of 1985 was put in place to keep underage kids away from organized "adult" events like music venues and dance clubs where they could be subject to sex drugs and rock&roll and other dangers of being a teenager. No one under the age of 21 could go to a show in Seattle unless it was a church sanctioned event.

What this meant was that all ages shows became underground events. The ordinance allowed cops to come in and shut down any shows where underage kids could get in. In January 1986 at Gorilla Gardens in Fremont, the Circle Jerks and Dehumanizers were playing a show. The club was overcrowded and locals called the police and fire department. The show was shut down and the kids were exiting the area, but apparently not quick enough for the police. Cops started going after the show-goers and roughing them up. Angry kids began throwing snowballs at police. Some kids threw bricks at the cops that were attacking them, that's when the Riot Police were called in.

The next day local conservative asshole and KIRO 7 news commentator Lou Guzzo presented an editorial on the news aimed at local teen punks. He urged teens to quit causing trouble and find a nice hobby like hiking or coin collecting... y'know, something respectable.

Umm, yeah right.

The Dehumanizers answered Lou's editorial with a song called "Kill Lou Guzzo." It was an anthem of sorts that sampled Lou's asshole commentary, released as a 7" ep on local Subcore Records. The Dehumanizers were sued by Lou Guzzo and KIRO. Imagine a lawyer giving several 16 and 17 year olds an official Cease and Desist letter. WTF?

Since all ages shows were rare in the Seattle city limits, Natasha's night club over in Bremerton became a haven for all ages thrash metal & punk rock shows. One night in October 1987 after GBH and the Accused played at Natasha's, everyone was heading back to Seattle aboard the M/V Kitsap when things got outta control.

Tensions rose after two overzealous "rent-a-cops" arrested a couple punks for something stupid. Pissed off showgoers chanted "Kill the cops! Kill the cops!" as the kids were taken into custody.

Needless to say, the situation got way out of control and punks started destroying the ferry while the rent-a-cops locked themselves inside a broom closet, scared for their lives.

Remarkably, there were only a few arrests. And 20,000 dollars damage to the M/V Kitsap.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Full Tilt Ice Cream Ad showing at SIFF 2017

 Awhile back I made an animated ad for Full Tilt Ice Cream. Looks like it'll be playing before selected films at SIFF 2017.

click here to see the ad.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

"Cutter" music video by R.Ring out now!

I love this song. It was a blast making the video. Fuck yes.

"Clyde and Chris’ imagery captures perfectly those feelings of shame, isolation and aggressive carelessness that the lyrics evoke.”

Click here to see R.Ring's video for "Cutter."

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Squid Knuckle

"Squid Knuckle" lives in the suburban housing development of May's Pond during the mid 1980's when latchkey kids were the norm. Tweens and teens are left to their own devices, experimenting with drugs and alcohol unwittingly provided by their own parents. It's about sneaking out late at night, discovering porn mags, shoplifting, running from the cops, and dodging creeps in the woods."

This is my long term film project. I'm still fleshing out the story. Actually, the story is complete, there is just no ending. I don't know if there needs to be an ending. If there is no ending, and the story just drops off, will it matter to the audience? I guess I'm feeling a bit experimental about the storyline itself, and the film may simply be a series of vignettes.

I'm hoping to have a vignette finished by Summer 2017, so I can pitch it for some funding. I don't need a lot of money, just enough to afford paper and paint and maybe pay some bills along the way. I don't feel confident about a kickstarter or gofundme at this time, but I'm hoping I can find some grant money to get started.

More music videos on the way..

In late December, Clyde called me up and told me he was talking to R.Ring about a music video for their new album. I was holding onto some unused footage that happened to fit perfectly to their song, "Cutter." The animation was done similar in style to Torrey Pines, meaning paper puppets shot on a multi-plane rig. In a week, I had animated a few new scenes and Clyde edited it all together. It all happened really fast and to our surprise, Kelley and Mike loved it! In fact, so much that we ended up using two scenes from the video for the cover art.

We are also working on a beautiful live action/animated video for Aye Nako. This video is a group effort divided between several Seattle area animators. The video contains a bounty of hand drawn hallucinations as the band members eat magic mushrooms at Coney Island. The live action was beautifully shot in New York, the animated psychedelic effects and drawings are bright and colorful.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Torrey Pines Premieres at TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival!

The TORREY PINES premiere took place opening night of TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival to a sold out audience. A group of 20+ musicians including Kimya Dawson, Lori Goldston, EARTH, The Beaconettes and Yr Heart Breaks played a live score while Susie Kozawa performed live foley.

A few days later, I was honored to speak at the encore screening of TORREY PINES. I was amazed how many questions were asked and it felt great to represent our film in that way.

In the end TORREY PINES walked away with a Jury Award for Artistic Achievement.

Way to go team!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Recording the TORREY PINES Soundtrack at Hall of Justice

June, 2016 marked a milestone  for the Torrey Pines film. A host of Seattle's best musicians were on hand for soundtracking and extra foley. Several of the films songs are actually excerpts from Clyde's band, YOUR HEART BREAKS, but many musical incidentals were composed and recorded on the spot, making for a very organic and inspiring process. I witnessed true musicianship from Jacob Jaffe, Zach Burba, Kimya Dawson, Lori Goldsten, Corey J Brewer, The Beaconettes and producer, Chris Walla. All true professionals. I was happy to able to get in there and help with some hallucinogenic sounds as well. The whole experience felt magical. Everything just seemed to happen naturally and organically. Like we were all there together at the right time and place making something extraordinary.