We are delighted to make our film programme free entry to everyone this year and intend to from now on at every future TUSK Festival. The film programme is spread over two days – October 13 and 14 – and begins at 2pm in Northern Rock Foundation Hall at Sage Gateshead. Places are available on a strictly first-come-first-served basis.
Once again you’ll see we present a film programme crammed with the kind of filmic beauty/madness/genius you won’t see anywhere else. None of this is to be missed – so don’t!
Saturday 13th October
2 hours 11 mins in total
Sunday 14th October
Approx 3 hours in total
Jennifer’s Face is Full of Coffins – Dai Coelacanth (4 mins) 2018 (World premiere)
The mysterious Dai Coelacanth moulds thick sonic-slime and an eerie stink into a terrifying jump-cut visual collage. Grunts, hissing, and sweet Dictaphone action abounds as Dai paces a domestic space submitting to the grotty joy of jaxx. Ain’t no one seen this before yeah?
Indian Summer – Jef Mertens (4 mins) 2018
Indian Summer is a site-specific dance video with NY based experimental dancer Elle Erdman. The video was shot at Jacob Riis Beach in NY. Elle used choreographic moves combined with improvisational moves. Massachusetts-based percussionist and electronics artist Jake Meginsky created a tape music score for the video. The original video-edit was based on another track that was removed after, leaving a silent film to base his score on. The film was shot, edited and produced by Jef Mertens.
Colours & Shapes: Portraits of Free Improvisers – John Macedo (20 mins) 2017
John Edwards (double bass), Phil Minton (vocal sounds) and Steve Noble (drums) have been performing and recording improvised music for over 30 years in countless groups and solo settings. Colours & Shapes: Portraits of Free Improvisers presents a rare opportunity to hear the motivation and philosophy behind the sound of these unique performers. First ever cinema showing.
Incantations from the Yin Valley – Amy Cutler (3 mins) 2017
Cultural geographer, poet, musician and filmmaker Amy Cutler uses stark, cruel nature as her muse to reveal the beauty in the drowning pool. Reflection becomes a dark memory-shadow, running water your fluttering heart. The hills brood, ever watchful. Bridget Hayden’s lo-fi blues soundtracks the ritual; it shimmers with a tarry roil. Ghostly ropes bind your neck, arms and feet.
Icepick To The Moon: The Story Of The Reverend Fred Lane And The Raudelunas – Skizz Cyzyk (100 mins) 2018 (UK premiere)
19 years in the making, ICEPICK TO THE MOON is a feature length documentary about Rev. Fred Lane, the pantsless, Band Aid adorned performer who achieved a worldwide cult following starting in the Eighties on college radio when the Shimmy Disc label made Lane’s records easier to find. Obscure stripmine crooner, Rev. Fred Lane, is described by his obsessed fans as “subversive,” “completely satirical,” “the Dada Duke Ellington,” and “Demon Frank Sinatra.” His fans have spent years examining every detail of Fred Lane’s albums, and yet whatever information they have found out about their hero has only led them deeper into blissful confusion. ICEPICK TO THE MOON not only examines the cult of Fred Lane fans, but also pulls the curtain back on the mysterious artist who is Fred Lane, from his early involvement with the Raudelunas arts collective in Alabama in the Seventies, to his current occupation making whirligigs to sell on the arts and crafts show circuit.
Meet Raudelunas, the wild, countercultural, artistic fringe of the University of Alabama during the era of George Wallace. For Raudelunas, creating, partying, and shocking the norm were more than just pastimes. A thorn in the side of the administration, they found loopholes in school rules that allowed them to borrow instruments from the music department, set up concerts and art shows on campus, and march in the annual Homecoming Parade. Out of this group rose satirical frontman, Rev. Fred Lane, whose worldwide cult following grows with every rerelease of his records. Many of the other Raudelunas have also achieved great success in their particular artistic fields, including vegetable themed furniture maker Crag Nutt, music improvisers Davey Williams and LaDonna Smith, and composer Anne Lebaron. Meet the fans and associates who found inspiration in the activities of Raudelunas, including famed musician and actor Col. Bruce Hampton (Hampton Grease Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Slingblade, Tombstone), musician, artist and radio commentator David Greenberger (Duplex Planet, Men & Volts, So Wrong They’re Right, Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King), musician Brian Teasley (Man or AstroMan?, Chunklet Magazine), Eric Friedl
(Goner Records, The Oblivians) and musicologist Lee Shook (The Audiovore).
Eddie Prevost’s Blood – Stewart Morgan Hajdukiewicz (26 mins) 2013
Eddie Prevost, percussionist and improvisor, is a key figure in the British experimental music tradition which continues to thrive today. For 50 years he has been exploring the spontaneous musical process found at the heart of Jazz. This film presents an opportunity to observe him playing solo and in group situations, and to hear him speak about his approach to music making, the particular tools of his craft, and the bloodline that stretches from his Huguenot ancestors through to his own working class origins in SE London. Incorporating performance footage of Prevost with Jennifer Allum, John Butcher, Ute Kanngiesser and Ricardo Tejero in unique locations, including a return to his old school in Deptford, we are invited to form our own response to the music – and the man – we encounter.
Adam Bohman: By Biro And Umbrella Spring – Cathy Soreny (24 mins) 2018 (World Premiere)
There’s no one quite like Adam Bohman. Pretty much universally-loved and admired Adam has many strings to his well-rosined bow: collage artist, tape pioneer, collector, improviser and impresario. Esteemed documentary-maker Cathy Soreny lifts the net curtain giving us a peak into Adam’s unique world in a film oozing with charm, love and laughter.
Milford Graves Full Mantis – Jake Meginsky/Neil Young (90 mins) 2017
The jazz legend of Milford Graves is captured and distilled to its very essence in this glorious new approach to the documentary film. There’s no handholding through a career overview; no overly-verbose, laudatory talking heads plucked from the music press; no conceit to traditional narrative biography. What happens instead is that the film enters into and emerges from its subject in a spectral, twining way. By continually applying its own logic, the questions and philosophies that have propelled Graves’ decades of artistic and physical and scientific and intellectual travel are drawn into sharp relief. So, with Graves being one of the most important free jazz drummers of all time it makes sense that this doc swings like a damn motherfucker! (See the Full Mantis trailer at the link below)