(WP) Ponderosa Stomp's Clandestine Celluloid film series will take place on September 16-17th at the Renaissance Arts Hotel and will focus on cinematic guilty pleasures and live performance rarities.
Friday, Sept. 16th Clandestine Celluloid opens at 11am with a rarely screened 1962 concert film of the Fats Domino Orchestra, live in France, featuring Fats, Dave Bartholomew, Herb Hardesty, and others courtesy of Joe Lauro's Historic Films Archive. Lauro (currently working on a documentary about Dave and Fats) and Stomp founder Dr. Ike will lead a post-screening discussion/Q & A with Bartholomew.
Clandestine Celluloid's lunch time treat features the return of Lauro's performance compilation Heroes of the Stomp, showcasing clips from selected artists performing at this year's concert. At 1pm another rarity, the documentary The Original Soul Men: Sam & Davefeatures interviews with Al Bell, Duck Dunn, Sam Moore, Paul Schaefer and Dan Aykroyd. Never broadcast in the U.S., this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity!
Saturday, Sept. 17th marks Clandestine Celluloid's Arch Hall Jr. Day. This special tribute to the movie exploits of actor/musician/pilot/writer Arch Hall Jr. (who will perform Sat. night at the Ponderosa Stomp) screens three of his most beloved 60's cult classics produced by his father, the maverick film producer Arch Hall Sr. under the Fairway International Pictures banner.
At 11am Wild Guitar (1962) will roll. It was directed by drive-in B-movie King Ray Dennis Steckler and features Arch as Bud Eagle, rolling into Hollywood on his motorcycle with only a cheap guitar, a suitcase and a whole lot of moxie. At 1pm, audiences will be treated to what's been called an "avant-garde existential classic", the wild and wooly desert pic Eegah! (1962) directed by Arch Sr. and featuring Arch Jr. as a baby faced rocker. Following Eegah! at 3pm is the suspense, fear and sudden shock of The Sadist (1963), starring Arch as a sneering and leering psychotic punk who terrorizes three innocent bystanders at a roadside gas station.
Between the films (which will be introduced by Arch) there will be in-depth discussions with Mondo movie man/musician Johnny Legend and Clandestine Celluloid producer Madeleine Molyneaux. Visiting special guests from the Fairway studio days, include The Archers keyboardist Alan O 'Day, who assisted his high school friend in his film endeavors (as musical director on Wild Guitar, production assistant and sound recordist on The Sadist and all around "field expedient" guy) and The Archers bassist Joel Christie who worked as carpenter, painter, grip, gaffer, et al on many of the films.