The first half of the film Super 8 was great. The Abrams-helmed, Spielberg-produced film had a distinct Goonies vibe as we watch this group of young kids try to make their movie with a Super 8 camera. (The film lost momentum once the alien showed up, so we’ll focus on the first part.) These kids were fun to watch because they had a vision – a movie they had to make, and that they were driven to make, totally unconcerned about their young age or their skill level, finding ways to make it good. This kind of youthful drive and creativity is simply awesome, something that it can be kind of difficult to recapture as an adult.
David Markey was such a kid. He began making movies in 1974 at age 11 using his father’s Super 8 camera, and he never stopped. In the 1980s, he discovered the punk scene in LA and the two art forms were a natural merge.
Today, Monday, at Headliners, Markey will be present to showcase some of his films. (This has actually been going on all weekend – computer issues kept me from sharing this event more promptly, and for that I apologize, but there is still a day left.) There are two events tonight: first, at 7:00, a double feature, his film Desperate Teenage Lovedolls, inspired by Joan Jett’s band The Runaways, and its sequel, Lovedolls Superstar. This is followed at 10:00 by a collection of his childhood Super 8 films: Dine-O-Mite, Hey Dummy, The Movie of Movies, Summer Has Been Over For a Long Time, and The Omenous.
It all happens tonight at Headliners for the cost of $10. Headliners is located at 1386 Lexington Road. Complete information can be found at the Headliners website.
(A side note: check out the excellent documentary Beautiful Losers about other DIY artists such as Shepherd Fairey, Mike Mills, and Harmony Korine.)
Image: Headliners website