Welcome to Wakaliwood, Uganda: home of “DA BEST OF DA BEST MOVIES!” and the vanguards of DIY commando cinema. Under the guidance of writer/producer/director Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey (IGG) and with producer/star Alan Ssali Hofmanis, this crack crew of self-taught filmmakers and martial arts aficionados produce dozens of gonzo action films in the Kampala ghetto with budgets that rarely exceed $200 USD. Utilizing scrap parts to build computers, machine guns and a full-sized Huey helicopter, these real-life superheroes inspire more heart, imagination and soul than a thousand Hollywood blockbusters. In BAD BLACK a mild-mannered doctor, portrayed by real-life Wakaliwood producer Alan Hofmanis, is trained in the art of ass-kicking commando vengeance by a no-nonsense ghetto kid named Wesley Snipes in an effort to steal back a family heirloom from Uganda’s toughest gang.
Dir. Nabwana I.G.G.
Action, Comedy, Uganda, 2016, English, 68 min.
BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
A hip and happenin’ all girl rock group head to LA to claim lead-singer Kelly’s inheritance and make it in LA. They immediately fall under the spell of rock’n’roll Svengali, the ‘Teen Tycoon’ of rock Ronnie ‘Z-Man’ Barzell, and other rapacious Hollywood party types as lustful porno actress Ashley St Ives, ravenous lesbian Roxanne and shady lawyer Porter Hall. Soon the girls fall into a morass of drugs and deceit as their recording success soars. It takes several tragedies to make them stop and think… but is it too late? It‘s a thriller, melodrama, musical, horror and erotica – all in one. Transgressive and outrageous, this big-studio version of a debaucherous midnight movie is an addictively entertaining romp from one of cinema’s great outsider artists.
Dir. Russ Meyer
Comedy, Drama, Music, UK, 1970, English, 109 min.
BLOOD AND FLESH: THE REEL LIFE AND GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON
Brought to life through archival material and the reflections of over 40 colleagues, friends and fans, BLOOD & FLESH is much more than the story of a moviemaking life most unusual. It beautifully captures the worlds of outsider filmmaker communities that existed in California in the ’70s, and the weird ways they intersected with Hollywood mainstream and union indies. On Adamson shoots, regular Orson Welles crew and cinematographers like Gary Graver, Vilmos Szigmond and Lazlo Kovaks worked alongside Bud Cardos — and at one point, Charles Manson! Director David Gregory spent years making this film, speaking to everyone down to the cops who investigated Adamson’s murder, vividly encapsulating both a bold life and tragic demise, with alien conspiracies, go-go dancers and Colonel Sanders coming in along the way. If you’ve got even a passing interest in cinema, you want to see this.
Dir. David Gregory
Documentary , USA, 2019, English, 100 min.
EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE!: DOGGIEWOGGIEZ! POOCHIEWOOCHIEZ!
Everything Is Terrible! is the video and performance collective that is responsible for some of the Internet’s most hilarious and bizarre videos. Those krazed VHS-hunting pupz prepared an inner-eye-opening feature, containing a feat never before attempted in either human or canine history. EIT! asks but two simple questions: 1. “What if we make a movie composed ENTIRELY out of dog-related found footage?”, and 2. “What if this magickal movie, made up of thousands of other dog movies, is also a remake of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 masterpiece The Holy Mountain?” Well, let’s stop asking dumb rhetorical questions because this never-ending spiral of World-Pup winning, sunglasses-wearing, murder-solving, skateboarding pooches is real!
Dir. Everything Is Terrible!
Comedy, Found footage, USA, 2012, English, 55 min.
EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE!: THE GREAT SATAN!
Since the dawn of time, man has searched for answers… and failed. But the fog of existence has finally cleared thanks to the eternal fruits of EIT!! With their longtime collaborator Lucifer, Everything Is Terrible! has ingested over 2,000 satanic panic, religious kook, and D-horror VHS tapes. They have recontextualized them and created a narrative feature that reminds us all who we are, why we are here, and what we should be doing with our paltry time on this dumb planet. And now they invite you to be an initiate of the psychedelic devotion of EIT! As you take your blood oath, your journey will brim with evangelical ducks, goopy ghouls, and sad white men who believe that Dungeons & Dragons summon actual horned demons. Be warned… If you really want to see your mind, you’ve got to be ready to rip your skull open.
Dir. Everything Is Terrible!
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Found footage, USA, 2018, English, 72 min.
Dave Davenport is an overweight, angry teenager who loathes school along with her 2 friends. It’s nearly Christmas and all she wants is cha-cha heels. When she doesn’t get them for Christmas, she abandons her conventional suburban house and makes love with a greasy guy named Earl. She later gives birth to a daughter she names Taffy who she doesn’t show her any respect. All Dawn does is commit crimes and gets her hair done at a saloon run by a married couple name the Dashers who believe in crime and beauty. They have Dawn become a crime model while Taffy and next door neighbor Ida Nelson try to stop her. FEMALE TROUBLE is a classic of low taste from our beloved “Pope of Trash” – John Waters.
Dir. John Waters
Comedy, Crime, USA, 1974, English, 89 min.
HOLY FLAME OF THE MARTIAL WORLD
Sparks! Lasers! Cartoon ghosts, zombies, and demons! HOLY FLAME OF THE MARTIAL WORLD, is a pure sword-clanking, gonzo kung fu fantasy that defies description, gravity, and logic. Don’t blink or you’ll miss the amazing, eye-popping wire-fu, fatal laughter, snakes used as weaponry, flying swords, somersaults, and candy-colored, flesh-peeling energy bolts and some crazy eyebrows. The plot, two evil Kung Fu masters search for a powerful martial arts technique while a brother and sister avenge their parents’ deaths, merely serves as an excuse for all of the madcap, frenetic insanity that will pass before your eyes! It must be seen to be believed! THE HOLY FLAME will melt your brain.
Dir. Chun-Ku Lu
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Hong Kong, 1983, Cantonese, Mandarin, English subtitles, 85 min.
The 10,000,000-year-old villainous Princess Dragon Mom awakens and sets forth to enslave the entire human race with her army of day-glo dancing rubber monster buddies! Fortunately, modern science has just completed construction of the ultimate cyborg defender: INFRA-MAN! All other ultra-powered crimebashers can hereby go home, because this nuclear atrocity is the most wacked-out non-stop hyperspazzblastular live action superhero monster movie the Earth has ever survived! See our favorite creature-crushing robostar use roundhouse kicks, sonic lightning beams and random inexplicable explosions to defeat ultimate evil!
Dir. Shan Hua
Action, Sci-Fi, Hong Kong, 1975, Cantonese, Mandarin, English subtitles, 90 min.
J.R. ‘BOB’ DOBBS AND THE CHURCH OF THE SUBGENIUS
What started out as an inside joke amongst two self-proclaimed weirdos in Ft. Worth, Texas soon becomes much more than they bargained for. Frustrated by the rising consumer-driven culture, out of work pals Douglass St. Clair Smith and Steve Wilcox decide to turn their conservative southern ideology on its head and invent a new religion all their own. Spurred on by the overreach of religion and zealous televangelists of the day, the pair concoct religious monikers (Reverend Ivan Stang and Dr. Philo Drummond), a newly minted prophet (J.R. “Bob” Dobbs), and devise a crusade to expose the conspiracy of normalcy by using humor as the ultimate weapon.
Dir. Sandy K. Boone
Documentary, USA, 2019, English, 85 min.
SPIRITS OF THE AIR, GREMLINS OF THE CLOUDS
Dust, dirt and hypercolored skies are everywhere in SPIRITS OF THE AIR’s overwhelming desert landscape, onto which Proyas has constructed a unique post-apocalyptic fantasy homestead. Here, eccentric siblings Felix and Betty live together in an isolated cabin where modern tech is absent, with wheels and gears operating a house full of broken devices to assist their struggle to survive. In wanders a stranger named Smith, and their simple lives become instantly tumultuous. The wheelchair-bound Felix dreams of flying, and Betty believes their new arrival to be a demonic presence.
Dir. Alex Proyas
Adventure, Sci-Fi, Australia, 1987, English, 93 min