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Music, All Shook Down

Video of the Day: McCabe and Mrs. Miller's Desert Drama

Lonesome country duo McCabe and Mrs. Miller fled the city for the rundown motel rooms and expansive landscapes of Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree to film the video for "Time For Leaving," a Dear John letter wrapped in bittersweet harmonies.…
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Super 8 Duper

Back in the 1990s, local Super 8 auteur Danny Plotnick toured the indie-rock circuit, screening impudent no-budget films such as Dumbass from Dundas and Death Sled II: Steel Belted Romeos at nightclubs and alternative art spaces. Often shown locally at…
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House Of Tudor

Folks speak of Ruby as the solo project of Lesley Rankine, former frontwoman of Scottish noise-provocateurs Silverfish, but producer Mark Walk has been there since Ruby's inception. (In fact, the band's moniker is the shared name of the duo's maternal…
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Reel World

Rock 'n' Roll High School "Film school is now in session," declared Scott Balcerek, strolling away to watch the proceedings on his video monitor. Half a dozen grungy rockers fidgeted in their seats as instructor Danny Plotnick pointed to the…
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Reel World

Pipsqueak PfolliesIn the vast, teeming universe of cinema, small-gauge filmmaking is possibly the least-respected province. After all, who works in 8mm and Super 8 these days, other than film students and idiosyncratic artists? Is it necessary for me to add…
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Lose Your Mind

A sock monkey and a giant Easter bunny star in this year's Brainwash Movie Festival: the sock monkey as a bus commuter in Danny Plotnick's I, Socky, and the bunny as a mall-bound Christmas Eve insurrectionist in the Ape Do…
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Hey, Hey, We're the Ickys

Sitting in the back of a Mission District cafe, leaning over a table beneath a Marilyn Monroe poster, bantamweight filmmaker Danny Plotnick is waxing prolific about rock movies, punk zines, and the benefits of super 8 film. Soon the conversation…
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