The Ghastly Love of Johnny X

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Time:

  • 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 14, 2013

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
  • 815 E Olive Ave
  • Fresno, CA 93728
  • An after-party follows at The Voice Shop, 1296 N. Wishon Ave.
  • Live music, snacks, and a cash bar, free with your ticket stub or $5 at the door.

Synopsis

Filmworks presents the American B-movie throwback that delighted audiences in January at the SF Indiefest–a mad, campy film that gets its Central Valley debut one week before Hollywood gets to see it. The movie, which was photographed on the last of Kodak’s beautiful 35mm black-and-white Plus-X film stock, blends 1950s sci-fi melodrama, show-stopping rock-n-roll musical numbers, and surreal touches of horror, film noir, and hokey special effects. Banished to Earth for intergalactic juvenile delinquency, Johnny X and his misfit gang of Ghastly Ones search for the coveted alien “resurrection suit,” which could change the fate of the universe forever. Along the way, the extraterrestrial no-goods become entangled in a wacky scheme involving a femme fatale, a shifty concert promoter, and a recently deceased musician who’s back from the dead.

Director: Paul Bunnell
USA (2012) • 106 minutes • Not Rated

Discussion Circle
After the show, join visiting filmmakers Paul Bunnell (director), Will Keenan (actor), Jed Rowen (actor), Kristina West (costume designer), and Mark Willoughby (executive producer) to talk about the film. Discussion moderated by Filmworks president John Moses.

WITH AN AFTER-PARTY TO FOLLOW AT THE VOICE SHOP, 1296 N. WISHON AVE. LIVE MUSIC, SNACKS, AND A CASH BAR. FREE WITH YOUR TICKET STUB, OR $5 AT THE DOOR.

Screening Sponsors:

The Voice Shop
The Voice Shop, located in the Tower District at 1296 N. Wishon Ave., offers personalized vocal training to kids, adults, and everyone in between. Open since 1998, their contemporary vocal arts studio teachers focus on meeting the needs of individual artists while providing a warm and caring learning environment.


JA Photography
Based in Fresno, JA Photography offers the premiere private school photography in the Central Valley.

Filmworks thanks K-Jewel 99.3 FM, The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle, and Stella Artois for their support.

Reviews

"The film’s title and posters scream schlocky B-movie, but don’t get it twisted; Johnny X looks lightning slick. Filmed in lush black and white on the now discontinued Kodak Plus-X film stock, Bunnell’s 10 years of work can be seen in the impressively high production values." — Bernard Boo, Way Too Indie
"There are also musical numbers that are necessarily goofy, but considerably better than one might expect from an aesthetic standpoint. Clearly, Bunnell and everyone else he convinced to appear in Ghastly have a real love for the B-movie alien invasion genre." — Joe Bendel, Libertas Film Magazine
"Prepare for alien greasers, out-of-nowhere musical numbers, mad science, and a zombie rock star. Parsing the plot any further may endanger your sanity." — Adam L Brinklow San Francisco Magazine
"The film’s title and posters scream schlocky B-movie, but don’t get it twisted; Johnny X looks lightning slick. Filmed in lush black and white on the now discontinued Kodak Plus-X film stock, Bunnell’s 10 years of work can be seen in the impressively high production values." — Bernard Boo, Way Too Indie
"There are also musical numbers that are necessarily goofy, but considerably better than one might expect from an aesthetic standpoint. Clearly, Bunnell and everyone else he convinced to appear in Ghastly have a real love for the B-movie alien invasion genre." — Joe Bendel, Libertas Film Magazine
"Prepare for alien greasers, out-of-nowhere musical numbers, mad science, and a zombie rock star. Parsing the plot any further may endanger your sanity." — Adam L Brinklow San Francisco Magazine

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.