Revenge of the Mekons

Director: Joe Angio
Documentary Feature :: Magnolia
Running Time:
92:16

Screening Info:
Saturday, November 16
7:30 PM
City Stage Theater
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Credits:
Producers:
Joe Angio
Jessica Wolfson

Cinematography:
Joe Angio
Jean-Louis Schuller

Starring:
Fred Armisen
Will Oldham
Sally Timms
Jonathan Franzen
Steve Goudling
Craig Finn
Jon Langford
Political provocateurs. Social agitators. Punk's reigning contrarians. The Mekons have been called all this and more. Formed in the tumultuous wake of the Sex Pistols by a co-ed group of radical art students from England, the Mekons are the only Year Zero British punk band to survive with its core members intact. Left for dead by the mid-'80s, the band re-emerged as rabble-rousing progeny of Hank Williams, inventing alt country. Since then, reinvention has been the group's modus operandi. Over the course of a 36-year (and counting) career, the Mekons have redefined the meaning of a band. Cucalorus Work-in-Progress from 2009.

Director Bio:
Joe Angio is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and magazine editor. He is the co-producer, -director, and -editor (with Joel Cohen) of the documentaries More than a Game (1991), a 50-minute film on playground basketball in Chicago, and A Feast of Fools (1987), a 25-minute film on the clash of cultures at New Orleans’s Mardi Gras. More than a Game has been broadcast in more than 25 countries and A Feast of Fools was awarded Best Documentary at the Festival of Illinois Film & Videomakers. How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It), his first feature-length film, was awarded both the Lancia (jury) Award and Audience Award at the 2006 Biografilm Festival in Bologna, Italy.