At the height of the Bush administration, Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong was charged with selling bongs over the internet and sentenced to nine months in federal prison. As part of the government's $12 million 'Operation Pipe Dreams' drug paraphernalia sting operation, Chong, a vocal opponent of Bush's handling of the War on Terror, was singled out among 55 defendants to serve time. Filmmaker Josh Gilbert captures the post-prison, av...Read More
Brimming with the sleazy glamour of 1970s New York and wildly dark humor,BAD is the story of Hazel Aiken (Oscar-nominated actress Carroll Baker), a housewife who runs a beauty salon and electrolysis clinic out of her house. She also runs another little business on the side?hiring out a cadre of badass gals to perform various freelance assassin gigs. A very corrupt Detective Hughes (Charles McGregor, Blazing Saddles) is itching for Haz...Read More
From sleeping in the concession stand to working entirely for free, the quirky film fanatics at the struggling Mahoning Drive-in face uncertainty when Hollywood announces it will switch to digital projection for all new movies. Unable to purchase an expensive digital projector, the Mahoning gang pin their hopes of survival on showing only vintage 35mm film prints on their original 1949 projectors. Relive their underdog story to save f...Read More
On December 29, 1990, punk rock veterans Bad Religion were set to open a concert in their native Los Angeles when fire marshals cancelled the over-capacity show, declaring it a safety hazard. The resulting riot among the crowd of over 1,000 grabbed national headlines. Along with fan-shot footage of the evening's mayhem, this special program also features the band's February, 1991 make-up show. Songs include "We're Only Gonna Die," "Do...Read More
With a set of drums and an 8mm color home movie camera, Mickey Jones toured the world in 1966 with Bob Dylan and The Band. He filmed "The tour that changed Rock and Roll forever" and the booing crowds, scathing reviews, stomping feet, and infamous catcall of "Judas!" in response to Dylan trading in his acoustic folk guitar for an electric. Now, drummer-turned-actor Mickey Jones, with Director Joel Gilbert, chronicles the legendary 196...Read More
A long lost live concert performance from The Heartbreakers explosive 1984 reunion world tour that included fellow Dolls Sylvain Sylvain & Jerry Nolan plus Billy Rath! Filmed for TV broadcast at La Edad De Oro in Madrid, Spain, this concert captures powerful performances of songs from throughout Thunders's amazing career including "Personality Crisis," "Too Much Junkie Business," "Born Too Lose"
Set in the Pacific Northwest against the backdrop of the Olympia, WA post punk and Riot girl movements of the early 90's, the film details the joys and tragedies of a band called KARP as each band member's life serves as a lightening bolt to a separate destiny. Kill All Redneck Pricks is the biography of a friendship...because ultimately the sound a band makes is the sound of their friendship. The film also features Big Business, Melv...Read More
In Glasgow in the mid-1990s, flourishing indie rock band The Delgados established cult record label Chemikal Underground, heralding a renaissance of independent music in the city that would bring the likes of Mogwai, Arab Strap and Franz Ferdinand to the world. LOST IN FRANCE explores the rise of the Glaswegian music scene, revisiting a defining, chaotic trip to France in the musicians’ early careers. Featuring a stunning mix of li...Read More
Ann Magnuson's performance art video piece in character as "Fallopia," the latest in a line of sexy Prince protégés — which she describes as "a classroom lesson in "How to Become a New Wave Video Slut"-- was produced exclusively for Night Flight in the 1980s, and you can now watch it in its entirety in this episode from 1986. "My rise to the top was pretty much standard stuff, same as everyone else's. First there was the live sex a...Read More
Ya'll are watching Night Flight, the late night place to be. In this original episode, we saddle up and Take Off to Country Music with Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, the Judds and much more. Let Pat Prescott be your guide, reliving the classics and bringing you up to speed on peak ‘80s country and crossover.
Night Flight looks at the roots of Irish rock 'n' roll tonight in this original “Take Off” special from the mid-1980s. With Bodhrán, Fiddles, Uilleann pipes and Irish Harps in hand, we kick off with the Chieftans' "Irish Anthem" before looking at the Ireland’s strong music tradition. Dating back to Celtic culture, when poets were elevated to the status of aristocrats, we take a closer look at the island that produced '80s era acts lik...Read More
Tonight we’re going to turn your living room into the after hours club of your dreams. Not only are you on the A list, you’ve got a ringside seat to the hottest talent The Big Apple has to offer. That’s right, tonight we “Take Off” to New York City Rock, featuring Lou Reed, The Ramones, Blondie, Grandmaster Flash, Yoko Ono, Run DMC and more. From the Velvet Underground in the ‘60s, to the Punk Explosion in the ‘70s and the ascendan...Read More
Tonight, we return to 1994 for a Night Flight syndication episode covering the rise of iconic synth band Depeche Mode. "Of all the synthesizer bands that rose in the 1980s, one band has enjoyed repeated success in both their music and popularity while still retaining their unique sound and style." Syndication Host Tom Juarez tells us. This is another wonderful entry into the Night Flight episodes that feature commercials. Check it out!
"All my life growing up as a kid, I either wanted to be in a Rock band or a baseball player," Johnny Ramone tells us from the dugout of tonight’s special episode on the Ramones. If Rock is a religion, then the Ramones are the high priests of Punk, and in this treasure from the archive, Night Flight provides an in-depth profile of the band with video excerpts from the Ramones' cover of the Chambers Brothers' "Time Has Come Today," plus...Read More
Good evening high-flying fans, and welcome to Night Flight. Tonight, we share another edition of our distinguished Video Profile series with Van Halen. Wherever you stand on Sammy Hagar v. Diamond Dave, you’ll love tonight’s special episode, with videos and concert footage from both. The group's winning combination of charismatic frontmen, Eddie’s phenomenal guitar playing and insanely epic live shows made them an essential act of the...Read More
She's been making music for over four decades, is responsible for composing some of the best loved and joyous contemporary songs ever, and is quite simply a superstar with a capital S. But it has to be said that Stevie Nicks is not always given the credit she so richly deserves, especially by the 'serious' rock press. This brand new documentary film attempts to redress this neglect by telling the full story of Stevie in a manner it ha...Read More
Todd Rundgren's seminal prog-rock / power-pop band Utopia reunites onstage for the first time in 32 years.
The US Generation: The making of the 1982 US Festival is an in-depth look at one of the most influential music festivals of all time. Blending rare concert footage and insightful interviews with both organizers and performers, the film tells the story of the groundbreaking 1982 US Festival--an epic three-day event featuring an eclectic and unprecedented lineup in San Bernardino, CA. Highlights include performances by chart-topping sup...Read More
Tesco Vee of the Meatmen's forgotten cult travelogue arrives on Night Flight Plus tonight! This lost 1988 MTV pilot finds Vee discovering Baltimore's sweaty charms, starting with a debriefing with dangerous young John Waters in his office, and swerving through a lascivious pre-Internet underbelly of strip clubs, wig stores, beer bars, thrift stores, massage parlors, and other sleazy spots.
"God gave me this rock career to keep me busy. Back in 1991 I used to hit old people with folding chairs. Suddenly, I moved to the north side of Chicago, Illinois in 1992. It made a rock star out of me at last. I'm the daddy of rock 'n' roll! I'm Wesley Willis, I'm 36 years old. I play music and do art. I have schizophrenia. I have chronic schizophrenia. Roger Lee Carpenter asked me for $600. He told me that if I don't give him $600, ...Read More
An in-depth account of the life and times of one of the most important cultural epicenters in Portland's history, "X-Ray Visions" tells the story of the X-Ray Café, R.I.P. 1994. Did you ever wonder how Portland appeared on the map as THE epicenter for weird, alternative arts and culture - it was because of the X-Ray - a wholly singular all-ages venue with a true "anything goes" aesthetic--a punk band, a circus act, toddlers banging on...Read More