Featuring Ted Leo, Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), D.A. Pennebaker and more. Haunted by uncanny similarities between Nazi stage techniques and the showmanship employed by modern entertainers, a filmmaker investigates the dangers of audience manipulation and leader worship. Documentary filmmaker Aidan Prewett meets with various performers and masters of concert orchestration. A Venue for the End of the World also unearths some powerful ...Read More
Anti-Nowhere League: We Are The League tells the full uncensored story of how a biker, a skinhead, a grammar school boy and a Persian exile came together, with no musical talent or ambitions and even less respect for anything or anyone, to burst into the UK charts with their debut single.
Made when she was just 18 years old, Barbara Rubin's art-porn masterpiece Christmas On Earth (1963-65) shocked NYC's experimental film scene and inspired NYC's thriving underground. For the next four years her filmmaking and irrepressible energy helped shatter artistic and sexist boundaries. A mythical "Zelig" of the sixties, she introduced Andy Warhol to the Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan to the Kabbalah. But beyond shaping the spi...Read More
In addition to our new Video Profiles, we chose a few special individual music videos from the Sub-Pop archives to feature in our new "Take Off" to Indie Labels section. Here's drone-masters Earth's "Tallahassee."
1956 was Elvis Presley's breakthrough year, and this program takes you back, including his early television performances on the Dorsey Brothers Show and the Ed Sullivan Show (where the cameramen were instructed not to shoot the lower half of his body!). This DVD has an entire hour of rare footage and performances captured during the amazing year when Elvis Presley became not only a star, but a phenomenon. So slip on your blue suede sh...Read More
In the feature documentary, Summer '82 - When Zappa Came to Sicily, filmmaker and Zappa fan Salvo Cuccia tells the behind-the-scenes story of Frank Zappa's star-crossed concert in Palermo, Sicily, the wrap-up to a European tour that ended in public disturbances and police intervention. Cuccia had a ticket to the concert but never made it. Thirty years later, collaborating with Zappa's family, he re-creates the events through a comb...Read More
Produced by Night Flight Creator Stuart S. Shapiro, Gorgon Video Magazine is an electronic gorefest featuring in-depth interviews with splatter masters, chilling special effects, and buckets more, hosted by Michael “The Hills Have Eyes” Berryman. Have a look at this 69-minute occasionally NSFW dubbed-from-VHS cult classic — which broke ground as the first horror video magazine dedicated to the healthy expression of guts, gore & carnage.
In addition to our new Video Profiles, we chose a few special individual music videos from the Sub-Pop archives to feature in our new "Take Off" to Indie Labels section. Here's Knife Knight's "Seven Wheel Motion."
Beginning as an observation of the music of Kurt Cobain and his Seattle/Portland contemporaries, Kurt and Courtney took a different turn when Courtney Love intervened. What emerges is a powerful examination of the destructive power of corporate America, economic depression and freedom of speech.
As a founding member of Buffalo Springfield and a hugely successful solo-artist throughout the first half of the 1970s, Neil Young's reputation as a composer and performer of immense quality was established early on in his career. This documentary film investigates and reviews this part of Young's career with the help of obscure archive footage, rare film of Neil Young in performance and in the studio, contributions from those he work...Read More
Your perfect Oscar weekend companion has arrived... 35 years late. Tonight's Night Flight Original Episode is a preview for the 1985's Award's show! Ray Parker Jr. tells us about writing the Ghostbuster's theme, master filmmaker David Lean discusses Passage to India, up for Best Picture (lost to Amadeus) and much more.
Tonight on Night Flight, we feature masters of rock and roll comedy genr, including Weird Al, Dog Police, The Muppets, Mr. T., Doug and The Slugz and a whole new set of commandments from the bible of Mr. T! There are a bunch of hidden treasures in this hour long episode from 1985 that also includes the British TV show “Spitting Image.”
Tonight’s original episode comes from 1983, i.e. the early days of discovery on NF that often featured uncut performance footage. Here, we see Toyah’s 1981 show at London’s Rainbow Theatre with the irrepressible performer at the top of her game. Listen up for excellent tunes like "War Boys," "Neon Womb" and more.
“Wind up your Television, Dementites and Dementoids, it’s time for Dr. Dementos’ Comedy Classics on Night Flight!” On this original 1985 episode, you’ll be seeing and hearing some favorites from the Dr. Demento radio show in a promo episode for his upcoming six-record Rhino Record’s release ““The Greatest Novelty Records of All Time.” Featuring selects like Demento discoveree Weird Al Yankovic, Barnes and Barnes “Fish Heads,” and more.
This two-hour 1990 broadcast features Julee Cruise’s performance for David Lynch's “Industrial Symphony No. 1,” a Night Flight original Twin Peaks parody called "Twin Geeks" and an interview with music video director Tim Pope, whose work includes videos from Talk Talk, Siouxsie and the Banshees, David Bowie and much more.
Tonight, we present esteemed animator Bill Kopp’s original short “Mr. Gloom,” from an episode of "Toone Theatre." The psychedelic animation is hand-drawn theatre of the absurd. Kopp’s credits myriad credits include voice over work for none other than Night Flight animated “freak-out” classic, Jac Mac and Rad Boy Go! Also in this episode, the experimental animation “Machine Song,” a video collage from Chel White, who back in 2015, desc...Read More
"You're watching Night Flight: where music, movies, cartoons and comedy collide with the unexpected!" - Pat Prescott Tonight’s a mystery box of uncut Night Flight. First up? A long-lost “adult” cartoon from Bob Godfrey, famed UK animator and ideas man on the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine." The main act for this episode is a New Edition Video Profile, which covers their myriad off-shoots and solo projects, including Bell Biv Devoe’s “P...Read More
This 1986 episode of New Sounds brings you a survey of Great Britain’s music geographies of the 1980s. The lineup includes Two Minds Crack, who rose from the industrial ashes of South Wales in 1981 to create some of Britain’s freshest techno-pop, video-vèrite innovators Cabaret Voltaire, Gene Loves Jezebel, Joe Strummer’s Sid and Nancy track “Love Kills,” and The Housemartins' “Happy Hour.”
Salvador Dali, Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground and other denizens of Andy Warhol’s netherworld make an appearance in this long-lost footage from the Factory for Nico's "Frozen Warnings." Featuring the gorgeous, droning arrangements of John Cale's pipe organ, and the otherworldly voice of Warhol’s muse, this The Marble Index deep cut is a perfect backdrop to some of the best looking footage of The Factory you can find. “Somewh...Read More
“Hello all you Night Owls, and welcome to Night Flight!” Tonight’s original episode finds us exploring the animal kingdom through a menagerie of short films, music video compilations and lost docu-comedies. Featuring experimental shorts like “Grinning Evil Death” an early 3D CGI project about an oversized cockroach, a video profile of Knoxville, TN’s The Judybats, and “Hush Hoggies Hush,” a film about Tom Johnson's remarkable tale...Read More
We've seen the comments on Facebook and Instagram. It's clear that for many of you, Night Flight was the point of discovery for The Police. Let us just say (1) we’re honored by that fact and (2) tonight you can watch the official Video Profile (1985) that may have introduced you to them! Explore our collection of over 40 Video Profiles on Night Flight Plus tonight!
Tonight, we bring you another episode of "The Video Artist," an original Night Flight segment exploring the work of pioneers in New Media art. This episode highlights the self-proclaimed "TV Artist" Kit Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald creates abstract expressionist video collages featuring impossible landscapes and non-linear time. In an interview with Night Flight, Fitzgerald explains that her work "derives from Duchamp, the idea of artwork b...Read More
Thirty-six years ago to the day. Tonight’s Night Flight original mixes chart-toppers and heatseekers to provide a complete snapshot of music circa January 20th, 1984. With the top-ten countdown, you get a suite of the year’s trending music videos and tucked inside the Rising Stars section, a peak at bands on the rise like Sons of Heroes, Howard Jones and Wendy and The Rockets.
The rare Wendy O. Williams/Plasmatics live footage in this DVD has, in the main, never been released before. During the early years Plasmatics creator Rod Swenson, who directed and shot all the Wendy O./Plasmatics conceptual videos (AKA known for his footage of the Ramones, Dead Boys, Blondie, and Motorhead among others) shot numerous Plasmatics shows the footage from which was never edited or released. Except for some short excerpts ...Read More
Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling band The Pretenders featuring the Legendary Chrissie Hynde performs with special guests including Iggy Pop, Shirley Manson of Garbage, and more at the Decades Rock Arena in Atlantic City.
A year before their jaw-dropper SHOCKING DARK, director Bruno Mattei and co-writers Claudio Fragasso & Rossella Drudi first collaborated on this brain-melting mash-up of PREDATOR, ROBOCOP and Philippines war movie mayhem. When a team of badass commandos is hired for a jungle rescue mission, they’ll instead find them hunted by a kill-crazed creature that is part man, part machine and all glorious ‘80s ItaloSleaze.
The plot is familiar: A group of friends comes to party at a backwoods house where a legacy of brutality awaits. But within this minimalist '80s mélange of food fights, feathered hair and abusive slow-motion lurks a relentless synth score, bizarre sexual subtexts and a disturbing shape-shifting behemoth killer. The result is 87 minutes of fever-dream depravity. Former Playgirl centerfold Ted Prior (RAW NERVE, DEADLY PREY) stars in thi...Read More
Bela Lugosi gives one of his finest portraits of evil in this adaptation of Edgar Wallace's terror-thriller-mystery THE DARK EYES OF LONDON. A series of 'drownings' have Scotland Yard baffled. One common denominator; the dead men were heavily insured through a particular brokerage firm...and all the policies were paid off. Larry Hold, a Scotland Yard detective, and a visiting American cop from Chicago get on the trail and, with the he...Read More
If you were a child in the '80s, you were likely traumatized for life by repeated viewings of this on cable or VHS. If you've never seen it, nothing can prepare you for the damage that awaits your psyche: For our premiere release, Severin Kids presents the "notoriously strange and creepy" (BeatRoute.ca) Canadian kiddie feature about burning winos, sudden baldness, psychotic teachers, suburban abductions, juvenile sweatshops and the ic...Read More
The Veil was a horror/suspense anthology series produced in 1958 by Hal Roach Studios and never broadcast due to troubles within the studio. Boris Karloff hosted and acted in each episode that was allegedly based on real-life reports of supernatural happenings and the unexplained. While on a boat trip to Paris, a man has a vision in which he sees his brother murdered. He returns to England to discover that his brother has been kill...Read More
October 12th, 1978 - New York Police discover the lifeless body of 20 year-old Nancy Spungen. Ex-prostitute, sometime stripper, heroin addict and infamous girlfriend of Sex Pistols' 21-year-old bass guitarist Sid Vicious. Dressed in her underwear, Spungen bled to death from a stab wound. Incredibly, Vicious was pronounced guilty of her murder in a trial-by-media by noon the following day. However, due to his own death within six...Read More
The Woody Guthrie All-Star Tribute Concert 1970 at the Hollywood Bowl celebrates the work of America's legendary folk singer and songwriter. This rare and historic tribute concert has never been seen before. It features Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Country Joe McDonald, Odetta, Richie Havens, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and others in their prime. This concert also features narration by actors Peter Fonda and Will Geer and is produc...Read More