Compiling a wide array of footage both commercially available and ultra-rare, the curatorial team at Jackpot Records have mined their personal vaults for five free days of A/V oddities that you've never seen on the big screen.
On Monday, the fest kicks off with the freshly released Public Enemy concert film, It Takes a Nation: London Invasion 1987, filmed six months prior to the release of their landmark It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back album. Next up is a double-shot of the Godfather, with James Brown's Future Shock and James Brown Live in Boston Mass. The latter is Brown's legendary 1968 performance that came just hours after the news of Martin Luther King's assassination; the former a sub-legendary film comprised of footage from Brown's short-lived (and PCP-fueled) 1974 Soul Train rip-off dance show Future Shock.
Tuesday's offerings are a little less anthemic, with a pair of intimate portraits: '60s eclectic Sandy Bull (No Deposit No Return Blues), and modern day mystery Jandek (Jandek On Corwood).
Wednesday, the Serge Gainsbourg Retrospective collects short films and television appearances from one of pop music's most important figures. Produced for Swedish television by director Torbjorn Axelman, Cowboy in Sweden acts as a hokey, visual companion for Lee Hazlewood's 1970 album of the same name.
Though the specific details of Thursday night's Garage/Psychedelic Underground screening are being closely guarded, it's clearly the fest's crown jewel--featuring over 40 rare clips from some of Garage and Psych's most influential and obscure.
The fest's final offering is a hodgepodge of the bizarre, with Johnny Cash's Five Minutes to Live (whose impossible premise the press release best summarizes as follows: "the Man in Black [using] a six-year-old Ron Howard as a human shield") and Friday Night Live, which compiles live performances from 1979's painfully mismatched Cars/Suicide tour.