18th Feb2020

Interview: Director Stuart Swezey on ‘Desolation Center’

by Stuart Wright

In his latest podcast/interview, host and screenwriter Stuart Wright talks with director Stuart Swezey about his documentary Desolation Center.

Desolation Center is the previously untold story of a series of early 80s guerrilla music and art performance happenings in Southern California that are recognized to have inspired Burning Man, Lollapalooza and Coachella, collective experiences that have become key elements of popular culture in the 21st century. The feature documentary splices interviews and rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Savage Republic and more, documenting a time when pushing the boundaries of music, art, and performance felt almost like an unspoken obligation.

NYC premiere is IFC Center 26 February 2020 – inc Q&A w/ Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo & Steve Shelley and dir. Stuart Swezey! Tickets at www.ifccenter.com/films/desolation-center/

UK people can see it via a Doc’N’Roll bonus screening in Brighton 25 March 2020 at DOY Cinema 8:30pm. More UK screenings planned but as yet unconfirmed see www.docnrollfestival.com for latest info.

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