Re-examining the 1970s is a recurring theme in this year's SF Indiefest, exemplified by two of the movies playing simultaneously tonight. On one screen is Jorge Hinojosa's fascinating documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, which looks at the life of Slim, the author of the 1969 book Pimp: The Story of My Life, which in many ways codified the template for 1970s pimp culture and the later gangsta culture. Much of his tale is told through gorgeous animation evoking pulp novel cover art, and figures such as Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, and the film's executive producer, Ice-T, discuss the book's legacy.
If you're in a more surreal mood, watch Davide Manuli's The Legend of Kaspar Hauser, an update of the historical figure most memorably portrayed in Werner Herzog's 1974 Every Man for Himself and God Against All (released in America with the less entertaining title The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser). A very different beast than Herzog's film, Manuli's Hauser is an exuberantly goofy concoction featuring UFOs, a kickin' techno score by Vitalic, and Vincent Gallo playing dual roles, thus bringing twice the weird intensity to a film that was hardly lacking weirdness to begin with. Both Hauser and Herzog would surely approve.
Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp and The Legend of Kaspar Hauser both play Monday, Feb. 11 at 7:15 p.m. at the Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F. Admission is $10.