Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Infamous Ferry Riot of 1987 animated documentary

Holy shitballs.

Last year I made a film about the ferry riot and showed it at Bumbershoot. It was kind of a test of sorts. I made 4 minutes of footage, gave it a name, "Effed Up Ferry Tale" and forgot about it. Well, a heritage grant came up and I went for it thinking "No way is this gonna happen." But it did.

I got the grant.

So I was scrambling to research this event and came up with more info that ties in.

I'm talking about the Teen Dance Ordinance of 1985. The ordinance was put in place to keep underage kids away from organized events where they could be subject to sex drugs and rock&roll and other dangers of being a teenager. What this meant was that all ages shows became underground events. Believe me the kids were still drinking and doing everything they would have done anyways. The ordinance allowed cops to come in and shut down any shows where underage kids could get in. This happened quite a bit and it was kind of fun to run from the cops. However in 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, thus starting a punk rock riot on the streets of Seattle's Fremont neighborhood.

The riot made the news.

Soon after, local conservative asshole and KIRO 7 news commentator Lou Guzzo presented an editorial on the news aimed at local teen punks. He urged them to quit causing trouble and find a nice hobby like hiking or something.

The Dehumanizers answered Lou's editorial with a song called "Kill Lou Guzzo" and Lou and KIRO sent out a cease and desist but a lot of records were sold. I even have one. LOL.

Anyways, 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 after GBH and the Accused played at Natasha's, everyone was heading to Seattle on the last ferry back around 1am.

Kids are kids, cops are cops, and rent-a-cops?

Well, perhaps they should find a real job instead of being paid assholes.

Tensions rose after two overzealous rent-a-cops arrested a couple debaucherous punks for exhibitionism or something like that. As the situation escalated, showgoers chanted "Kill the cops! Kill the cops!" as the kids were taken into custody. Somehow things got way out of control and punks started destroying the ferry while the rent-a-cops locked themselves inside a broom close, scared for their lives.

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

So this is what my film will be about. Sort of an animated docu-drama thing with commentary from people who were there and music by the NW bands of the era.

More on this later.


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.