Series celebrates local music and filmsWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Glass City is alive with the sound of music, and for the patrons of Mickey Finn’s Pub, the party is just getting started. The popular night spot will soon play host to a monthlong series of local music and films presented by Culture Clash Records and Justajunkie Films. It is set to kick off at 8 p.m. every Thursday beginning Jan. 6.
The free arts extravaganza is the brainchild of Justajunkie filmmakers Tim Ide and Megan Bremer.
“This whole thing started because we were looking for somewhere to show many of the 400 or so concert films of local musicians that we had shot and produced over the last four years,” Ide said. “Mickey Finn’s was very generous with time, offering us 25 or 26 hours, so we went to Pat O’Connor at Culture Clash to see if they would sponsor the event and then we decided to share the wealth by opening things up to other local artists.”
The series at Mickey Finn’s is just one of many developments for Justajunkie Films. The team also recently won the Rulemaking Matters! Video Contest sponsored by the eRulemaking Program and the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection. More information can be found at www.regulations.gov. Additionally, Justajunkie Films had a clip selected for potential inclusion in the Ridley Scott/Kevin Macdonald “Life in a Day” project. The feature-length documentary will showcase content generated by users of YouTube on the subject of what it was like to be alive on July 24, 2010. The top 20 filmmakers will be named co-directors and will have their work premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
“We have shot a number of different things, but with bands, I really feel like we’re helping them,” Ide said. “Say we shoot an art opening, it’s great, but with a band we may capture their last show and that really means something. Plus, music is just a lot of fun. The programming at Mickey Finn’s will be pretty fast and loose, with no set schedule. We want the people included in the films to be able to wander in at any point in the evening and see themselves onscreen.”
Series highlights will also include screen tests shot in Mickey Finn’s and submitted to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, in conjunction with the renowned museum’s “Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures” exhibition on display through March 21. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/MoMaonfilm and www.moma.org.
Jan. 20 will feature “The Henchman,” while the show on Jan. 27 will serve as the premiere of the Pretend Records compilation “Nowhere at All.” The album showcases the work of 12 local bands. There will be a free CD giveaway. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to win a “Nowhere at all” tattoo from Monk at Infinite Art Tattoo.
“If this month goes well, Mickey Finn’s has already expressed an interest in continuing things in the future,” Ide said. “While I don’t see it happening once a week because of all the work involved, something every other week or maybe once a month would be great. We still have at least 100 other films in the can that we haven’t been able to get out yet and I think that some of these films may really become important over time.”
Participating photographers and filmmakers will include Bob Sadowy, Debrah Rose, Michael Rys, Dave Picciuto, Reva May, Jeff Beach, Nicholas Wiczynski, Nathan Elias, Brian “Monk” Taylor, Shystie Films, Hannah Fritch, Carrie Theuring, Erica Vance Hartmann, Bremer, Ide and a host of others.
Mickey Finn’s Pub is located at 602 Lagrange St. at Huron Street. For information, call (419) 246-3466 or visit www.mickeyfinnspub.com.