I just got back from Cinema 21 where I saw the first showing of "Northwest Passage: the Birth of Portland's DIY Culture" by Mike Lastra. The movie was great, and the audience was FANTASTIC. The entire cast was there...Fred and Toody Cole, David Corboy from Sado-Nation, that guy from the Oblivion Seekers, that other guy from Smegma...it was an audience of punk rock stars! I stood out in front after the movie and self-conciously rubbernecked, trying to take in all the aging glamour around me. A great reunion, and a very interesting movie. Footage from 1979, of the NeoBoys and the Styphnoids ( really liked them). Only one song from The-greatest-band-from-Oregon-ever The Wipers, but it was a great song! I feel extremely priveledged to have seen the Wipers FIVE times live, seeing as how I was 13 in 1979 I was lucky to have caught them at all by the time I got older. There is some great old Smegma footage, Mike Lastra was quite black-bearded and eye-browed then.
He might be a bit more grey-bearded now, but Mike is still a beatnik gentleman, and I got the chance to say hi when I ran out to the lobby to find a restroom. I said hello and met his young son, Harvey, also a gentleman. I gave Mike the copy of the latest Oswald cd I brought with me. His recording studio, Smegma, was the first place we ever recorded, and that material is the first on the cd. Mike has ever been the supportive artist.
This movie makes me think of the one Matt is making about Eugene's scene. What the hell is it going to be like?! I'm excited to see the final product, and hope the screening at the Bijou is as fun as this one was at Cinema 21.