Raymond Pettibon

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EAI Screening @ Migrating Forms Festival
Migrating Forms at Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Admission $ 10.00

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 9:15 pm

EAI is proud to present Raymond Pettibon's Sir Drone (1989, 55:37 min), featuring Mike Kelley, at Migrating Forms. Shot in two days on home-video equipment, with dialogue read off cue cards, Sir Drone is part of a series of feature-length, low-tech video narratives that Pettibon made in the late 1980s focused on West Coast American radical subjects of the 1960s and 1970s. In Sir Drone, Mike Kelley and musician Mike Watt (of the legendary hardcore band Minutemen) play two teenage punks trying to start a band in the 1970s. They struggle to create the right image for themselves and their band, debating bands' names, the distinctions of punk and hippie music, and strategies to avoid being "rinky dink." Writing about Sir Drone, Mike Kelley stated, "Despite their crudeness, Raymond's tapes are strangely moving: he is a brilliant script writer."

Sir Drone will be accompanied by two lo-fi works involving teenagers and music by Cory Arcangel: Insectiside (1992-03, 7:29 min) and Message my Brother Justin Left Me on my Cell from the Slayer Concert Last Week (2004, 2:27 min).