After a successful run at New York's Film Forum, Joe Angio's exuberant documentary REVENGE OF THE MEKONS will be premiering in cities across the country this Spring, including Nashville on March 26, Minneapolis on April 8, Chicago on April 17, Austin and Houston on April 18, and San Francisco on April 25. A complete list of screenings is below.
A genre-defying collective that emerged from the 1977 British punk scene, the Mekons progressed from a group of socialist art students from Leeds (England) with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. The film follows their improbable history - a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country music, forays into the art world (collaborations with Vito Acconci and Kathy Acker), and consistent bad luck with major record labels. Among the celebrated fans who appear on screen to testify to the power of their music and their artistic innovations are authors Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections) and Luc Sante (Low Life), musician/actor Will Oldham, film director Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol), comedian/musician Fred Armisen, and rock historian/critic Greil Marcus.
REVENGE OF THE MEKONS reveals how, four decades into an ever-evolving career, the Mekons continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to the punk ethos.
"The Mekons were kind of like the background music of my life." - Jonathan Franzen
"Joe Angio's jubilant new documentary Revenge of the Mekons...captures them in all their ragged, rough-and-tumble splendor." - Village Voice
"An exemplary documentary about an exemplary band. A compelling look at why this particular band of ruffians has continued to remain so important for its devoted followers since their long-ago and almost accidental inception at the height of the punk-rock era." - Slant Magazine
"Infectious...contagious" -The New York Times (Critics' Pick)
"Buoyant" -The Hollywood Reporter
REVENGE OF THE MEKONS (2013, 96 mins.) Produced and Directed by Joe Angio. Co-producer: Jessica Wolfson. Editor: Jane Rizzo. Cinematographer: Jean-Louis Schuller. Featuring The Mekons: Jon Langford, Tom Greenhalgh, Susie Honeyman, Sally Timms, Rico Bell (Eric Bellis), Lu Edmonds, Steve Goulding, Sarah Corina. USA. Executive Producer: Daniel 13 Productions. A Music Box Films Release.
March 24-27 - Beverly, MA @ The Cabot Performing Arts Center, showtimes TBA
March 26-29 - Nashville, TN @ The Belcourt, showtimes TBA (Q&A with the Mekons' Jon Langford, March 26; introduction by director Joe Angio, March 28)
April 8 - Minneapolis, MN @ Trylon Microcinema, 7pm
April 9 - Tallahassee, FL @ IMAX Theater, 7:30pm
April 10-13 - Bloomington, IN - venue & showtimes TBA
April 15-18 - Columbus, OH @ Gateway Film Center, showtimes TBA
Begins April 17 - Santa Fe, NM @ Center for Contemporary Arts, showtimes TBA
April 17 - Chicago, IL @ Logan Theatre, 7pm (Q&A with director Joe Angio and the Mekons' Jon Langford & Sally Timms)
Begins April 18 - Chicago, IL @ Music Box Theatre, showtimes TBA
April 18 - Austin, TX @ The Marchesa Theater, showtime TBA (Q&A with director Joe Angio and the Mekons' Jon Langford & Sally Timms)
April 18-20 - Houston, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse, showtimes TBA
April 18-20 - Lubbock, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse, showtimes TBA
April 25-27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Roxie Theater, showtimes TBA
April 28 - Winston-Salem, NC @ a/perture cinema, showtimes TBA
May 21 - Jersey City, NJ @ WFMU's Monty Hall, showtime TBA
June 4 - Denver, CO @ Sie FilmCenter, showtime TBA (Skype Q&A with director Joe Angio)
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