The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF), April 7-17, 2011 in Sarasota, FL, and legendary San Francisco based punk rock video collective Target Video announced a collaboration today that will see the Sarasota Film Festival present a program of Target’s legendary performance videos.  Entitled Futility Is Resistance: Treasures From The Target Video Archive (1977-84), the program features three nights of Target’s seminal, rarely seen punk rock performances. Shot by members of Target Video between 1977 and 1984, these videos, interview segments and live performances have long been sought after by underground video traders and music fans around the world. Target Video and The SFF will present three separate programs, featuring over 60 bands and four and a half hours of music, all presented on the big screen at the festival’s main screening venue, The Regal Hollywood 20.

In addition, Target Video’s founding members Joe Rees, Jackie Sharp and Jill Hoffman-Kowal will reunite to present these screenings. Each evening will be based around the geographic “scene” from which the performances have been assembled by Rees; Los Angeles (presented Thursday, April 14th), New York/Europe (presented Friday, April 15th) and San Francisco (presented Saturday, April 16th).  Full program lineups are listed below.

“After 35 years of producing Target Video events, this is the perfect venue for the premiere showing of three 90 minute Target Video77 digital programs,” said Joe Rees, Producer, Director & Editor of Target Video.

“We have travelled the world presenting in clubs and halls, museums and galleries, but it is a new milestone to see Target Video as part of a major U.S. film festival. The Sarasota Film Festival is an important step ahead for Target with three nights of programs featuring major portions of our work, “ said Jackie Sharp, Target Video’s Co-Producer. “It’s a wonderful thing to present to a new audience, both from a geographic standpoint and a generational perspective.  Sarasota is far from the NY, London and LA punk scenes, but I am sure the soul of punk exists there and will come out at the festival!”

“After living in Sarasota for over 25 years this is truly a dream come true for me to finally have the venue Target truly deserves.  I thank the Sarasota Film Festival for having the faith and vision to include us in 2011 Festival, “ said Sarasota resident Jill Hoffman-Kowal, Co-Founder, Program Director, Photographer for Target Video.

“We could not be more excited,” said Sarasota Film Festival Artistic Director Tom Hall. “ Our collaboration with the team from Target Video has been extraordinary. These films represent an archival treasure for an entire generation of music fans, capturing the fundamental spirit and energy of punk rock in America. To share this thrilling, important collection at the festival is a true honor.”

The Program

Futility Is Resistance: Treasures From The Target Video Archive (1977-84)

Program I: Los Angeles (screening Thursday, April 14, 2011)

Featuring performances by Devo, The Cramps, The Ramones, X, Black Flag, The Go-Go’s, Circle Jerks, The Minutemen, Mau-Mau’s, Cavallini, T.S.O.L., Weirdos, Gun Club, CH3, Screamers, Castration Squad, Zeros, Johanna Went, Levi & The Rockats, and The Dils.

Program II: New York/Europe (screening Friday, April 15, 2011)

Featuring performances by Talking Heads, Ramones, Bauhaus, Iggy Pop, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Bad Brains, The Damned, Mutants, Bush Tetras, David Johansson, Stranglers, Exploited, DNA, Snooky Tate, UK Decay, Young Marble Giants, John Cooper Clarke, Nash the Slash and a montage set to the music of D.A.F.

Program III: San Francisco (screening Saturday, April 16, 2011)

Featuring performances by Dead Kennedys, P.I.L. (Press Conference), Flipper, Mutants, KGB, Negative Trend, Avengers, UXA, Crime (live at San Quentin Prison), Rank and File (formerly The Dils), Toxic Reasons, Sleepers, Noh Mercy, Nuns, Lewd, Zev, Mark Pauline, Factrix, Pink Section, Minimal Man, Cavallini, Sick Pleasure, The Offs, Crucifix, Tuxedomoon and Code of Honor.

[ source: Sarasota Film Festival ]

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