Open Mic Night After The Apocalypse film screening
Music and madness collide at The Last Free Place in America.
“Open Mic Night After The Apocalypse” is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of three independent filmmakers who invited seven indie rock bands from Los Angeles -- and their biggest fans -- out to the edge of the Mojave desert to film a one-of-a-kind musical, and spiritual, experience. Slab City, CA., four hours east of Los Angeles, on the coast of the doomed Salton Sea, is the setting for this unique adventure. Slab City is a decaying former military base with no running water or electricity. Pensioners, the elderly, fugitives, the mentally unstable, seemingly mystical desert wanderers -- they all call this place home. They also have another name for it: "The Last Free Place in America."
Director Mike James, Producer Paul Prado and Director of Photography Tomm Jacobsen, all members of the comedy troupe 5secondfilms, embark on a journey to make a rock documentary in one of the most hostile and dangerous environments in our country. It's "Gimme Shelter" meets "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome." A lack of time, money and personnel only compound the difficulties these first–time filmmakers encounter: murky municipal legalities, methed-out locals, remote locations and lots of angry desert cops. Our protagonists risk financial ruin, their professional reputations, and their personal safety to see this through to its end, even as everything threatens to crumble around them.
Over a year’s worth of pre-production allowed for 16 days of principal photography, with a budget of three months rent and a few crates of beer. The production came together using DSLR cameras, the fundraising website IndieGoGo.com, massive social networking, and a litany of personal favors. The filmmakers intend to share with viewers the terrifying excitement that James and his merry band of cameramen discover.
Three filmmakers take a giant leap of faith to see not only their dreams come true, but the dreams of many others who risked it all to share their music for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Friday, June 28, 2013
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Armory Center for the Arts Community Room
145 N. Armory Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103