In 1975 factory worker Don Jackson (above) assembled an amateur crew on an $8,000 budget to shoot his first feature, The Demon Lover. Don took sick leave for two weeks from the speedometer cable factory he was then working at to shoot it. His bosses would later see an interview he did with the Detroit Free Press and fire him. Co-director and writer Jerry Younkins used the money he got from an industrial accident to fund the film. To be more specific, Jerry intentionally cut off one of his fingers so he would be awarded the money to back this shit-show. This is mentioned briefly in the film, when Don complains that Jerry should have waited a few more months to get the full $15,000 industrial accidents were paying out at the time. Jerry also looks like a viking and stars in the film alongside a 14 year old girl. All of this sounds like the makings of a superb mockumentary, but it’s all fact and it’s all documented in the hilarious and face-palming documentary Demon Lover Diary.
Shot by Joel DeMott, the girlfriend of Demon Lover’s cinematographer, Jeff Kreines, it becomes apparent early on that Jeff and Joel have way more film experience than Don and Jerry. In fact, the first-time filmmakers have no fucking clue what is going on. Ever. During an interview with a local newspaper, Don explains how groundbreaking the film is going to be. Standing right next to him is Jerry, who states that the film is “junk” and that they know it’s junk (this is the man who cut one of his fingers off to fund the film). Don swiftly clarifies with “When he says it’s junk, he means it’s pure entertainment.”
The documentary is filled with depression, anger, screaming-matches, and purely oddball moments. Like how the crew is staying at Don’s mother house and they’re not allowed to tell her what the movie is about because she’s religious. Or how they borrow one of Ted Nugent’s guns. Yes, they go to Ted fucking Nugent’s house and borrow a gun. And while the first hour and 20 minutes is fun and whatnot, the last five minutes are downright insane.
I won’t say anything more because the film is honestly worth tracking down online and soaking in. If you’re a fan of American Movie (who isn’t), Demon Lover Diary is like its bastard child – only filmed 19 years earlier.
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In the 1980s video cassette technology made it possible for “mobile cinema” operators in Ghana to travel from town to town and village to village creating temporary cinemas. The touring film group would create a theatre by hooking up a TV and VCR onto a portable generator and playing the films for the people to see.
In order to promote these showings, artists were hired to paint large posters of the films (usually on used canvas flour sacks). The artists were given the artistic freedom to paint the posters as they desired – often adding elements that weren’t in the actual films, or without even having seen the movies. When the posters were finished they were rolled up and taken on the road (note the heavy damages). The “mobile cinema” began to decline in the mid-nineties due to greater availability of television and video; as a result the painted film posters were substituted for less interesting/artistic posters produced on photocopied paper.
The artistic freedom that these artists were given allowed for the creation of some very interesting and sometimes bizarre posters that, as screenwriter Walter Hill wrote, were quite often “more interesting than the films.”
I Love Hot Dogs is a very simple website: It is screenshots of movies. Run by a film obsessive, each individual post is a collection of shots from a single movie. The movies are of no particular unique plumage, though there is clearly a fondness for gore. But there are also routine pauses on characters’ faces—startled, sad or gleaming. There is a similar empathetic gaze for text, not simply of titles and credits—there’s already a blog just for that—but of signposts, notes and other natural language. Looking at the stills sometimes seems like it would be more entertaining than watching the entire film, like we then might be bothered by plot and dialogue. I Love Hot Dogs lets you glean, keep your high hopes. With Hot Dog’s blessing, we selected some of our favorite stills and they are after the jump. But for the full effect of beloved cataloging, check the site.
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“Skatopia” Film Premieres as Skate Park Owner Fights For Life
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Last year, Rolling Stone took a visit to Skatopia, an 88-acre skate park outside of Rutland, Ohio where many of the sport’s greats have come to marvel at the skate paradise owned by Brewce Martin. (Revisit Rolling Stone’s journey to Rutland in Welcome to Skatopia: Eighty-Eight Acres of Anarchy in the USA.) Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy, a documentary about the unique skater heaven, premieres this weekend, but the debut will be as much of a tribute as it is a celebration: Martin was nearly killed last month when he suffered massive head injuries from an exploding tire.
While a rep for the film tells Rock Daily that Martin is improving, it may be years before Martin is fully recovered, and until that time the extent of the brain injuries will remain unknown. Many of New York’s best skateboarders will be on hand July 11th when Skatopia debuts at New York’s Tribeca Cinema. For more info on the film, check out its official Website. Also, be sure to check out Rolling Stone’s exclusive footage of the film.