Exclusive: Spindrift “Ghost of the West” trailer


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Our old pals, Spindrift, are back to shooting psychedelic films in dusty landscapes with their brand of cinematic western psyche. This past fall, Singer Kirpatrick Thomas and his posse toured the old west and the ghost towns that still stand along long abandoned stretches of dirt road. Turns out decaying infrastructure has always been a problem, it’s just more romantic the older, and further west it is. The band decided that their next album, “Ghost of the West” be a true labor of love project and this is a stunningly saturated sneak peak at the visually satisfying portion of it.

“We recorded it by campfires in the desert, in historic homes, and mixed it right up the street from Gene Autry’s old house in Studio City, CA. Originally, it was planned to just be an album,” Thomas said. “Then, the idea came along to present it as a film about the history and preservation of the Old West.”

The band teamed up with director Burke Robert, with whom they have collaborated before, to bring the mystique of the ghost tour to light — really great lighting. It’s like a beautifully curated Pinterest board on the old west exploded with a menacing peyote trip. And the music ranges between dancey hoedowns and haunting jangles over the sound of a parched dust up in the middle of nowhere.

“Henceforth, we did the Ghost Town Tour in Oct 2012 and Director Burke Robert’s Co. captured over 200+ hours of footage,” Thomas recalled. “From what we’ve been seeing on the cutting board, his experience and expertise is perfect for this film. He did grow up on Roberts Ranch(a 6th generation, 16,000 acre, historic cowboy ranch) in Larimer County, CO after all!”


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Spindrift Spring tour dates:

Sat 02/02 – LA Fort, Los Angeles, CA DUST UP Screening/Party/Show w/ SPINDRIFT & GRAM RABBIT
Thr 02/14 – Marine Room Tavern Laguna Beach, CA
Fri 02/22 – Audies Olympic Fresno, CA(w/ Gram Rabbit, Strange Vine, Matt Tow)
Sat 02/23 – Brick & Mortar San Francisco, CA(w/ Gram Rabbit, Matt Tow, DJ Joel Gion)
Wed 03/06 – “Treasure of the Black Jaguar” Los Angeles Movie Premier
Thr 03/07 – Tucson, AZ Club Congress w/ Gram Rabbit
Fri 03/08 – Dragoon Saloon Tombstone, AZ w/ Gram Rabbit
Sat 03/09 – TBA, Albuquerque, NM
Sun 03/10 – Taos Shortz Film Fest Presents: Spindrift @Taos Mesa Brewing, Taos NM w/ Gram Rabbit, The Art of Flying, The Fireflies
Wed 03/13 – Ft. Worth, TX The Wherehouse w/ Gram Rabbit
Further dates including several at SXSW will be here.


It was hard to pick a shot from all the great imagery here, but we had to settle on one to feature. Let us know your favorite shots in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

Portlandia Toni Screaming GIF

Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Byrning Down the House

Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

David Byrne Dancing
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Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

Stop Making Sense Band On Stage
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Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

Tina Weymouth Keyboard
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Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

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