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TICKETS for EX-DRUMMER at 518 Val Sun Feb 4, 5p HERE


Director Koen Mortier – 2008 Belgium 90 min – IndieFest 2009 program note:


A deaf guitar player, a stiff-armed bassist and a psychopath guitarist-vocalist with a lisp form a rock band for a one-off performance. The trio lacks a drummer so they seek the services of a celebrity author, who also has a reputation as a drummer, to fill the role. The author joins the band so he can exploit the band for source material and his own sadistic pleasure. Out of this mess is born The Feminists, a quasi-disabled punk rock band (Flemish band Millionaire provide the music) whose journey towards its only gig drags almost everybody involved down a black hole of abuse, exploitation and death.

Ex-Drummer is adapted from a novel of the same name by Herman Brusselmans, and the film has drawn comparisons to Trainspotting. But the film’s non-stop barrage of clever visuals, vulgar humor, random violence, and high energy music (The Feminists tackle a solid cover of Devo’s Mongoloid and tracks from Lightning Bolt, Isis, Mogwai and others also appear on the soundtrack) places Ex-Drummer in an entirely different cultural and aesthetic space than any possibly comparable film. Ex-Drummer seems to take a stab at offending every possible segment of society: men, women, majorities, minorities, homosexuals, kids, punks, politicians, the abused, the aged and the infirm are all subjects of the film’s ridicule. Ex-Drummer is angry, funny and entertainingly foul from beginning to end. – Kier-la Janisse, SF IndieFest



Dates: Feb 5-22, 2009

Venues: Roxie, Victoria, Shattuck

Features: 40  Shorts: 71  Parties: 5  Bands: 5 Total Films: 111  Total Films To Date: 905. 

With: Jeff Ross, Fay Dearborn, Anita Monga, Joanne Parsont, Kier-la Janisse, Holly Roach, George Kaskanlian, Eric Ringer, Caitlin Curtin, Romany, Karen Larsen, Joseph Hren

Sponsors: Bay Guardian, Kangaroos, Hotel Bijou, Phoenix Hotel, Live 105, Sugarbowl, Grants for the Arts, Alice Radio, KRON, The Onion, Makers Mark, Madjool, Macrovision, Anthony’s Cookies, Hacienda Tequila, Hotel Carlton, sfstation.com, Adolph Gassers

NOTES: Opening Night Party featuring Extra Action Marching Band waayyy over-packs Cellspace. Ex-Drummer offends everyone. We try to get people to come see films in Berkeley. Only kind of works. We do a satellite series at Sugarbowl (and take the whole staff skiing).


518 Valencia Pop Up Theater
518 Valencia St
San Francisco, 94110