GIFT
1993, Warner Bros., 80 min, USA, Dir: Perry Farrell, Casey Niccoli

Jane's Addiction singer and lyricist Perry Farrell directed this surrealistic blend of live footage of the band and fictional vignettes veering from the comic to the nightmarish. An outstanding soundtrack (including not only Jane's Addiction classics like "Been Caught Stealing" but a Sly and the Family Stone cover on which the band is joined by Ice-T) merges with hallucinatory visuals to create a one-of-a-kind cult movie experience. The film garnered an underground reputation on VHS in the ’90s before falling out of print - don't miss the chance to see it on the big screen!


BOB AND THE MONSTER
2013, Shaker Films, 89 min, USA, Dir: Keirda Bahruth

As leader of Thelonious Monster, Bob Forrest was the toast of Los Angeles’ indie-rock scene in the late 1980s, but his life was, to borrow one of the group’s album titles, a beautiful mess. Like many musicians, Forrest faced a life-threatening struggle with addiction, finally achieving sobriety after years in and out of rehab and becoming one of the most influential drug counselors in the country. This award-winning documentary blends archival performance footage, animation and recent interviews (including testimony from rockers Courtney Love, Anthony Kiedis, Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers and many others) to profile this troubled but hopeful soul whose message is as vital as his music.


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