Thursday, September 27, 2007

the transatlantic feedback wins best editing prize at milan

monks- the transatlantic feedback wins the Prize for Best Editing at the Milano Doc Festival The award ceremony night will take place the 30th of September in the Teatro Dal Verme – Via San Giovanni sul Muro 2 , Milano at 9 pm.

Friday, September 21, 2007

monks documentary, german theatrical release

German theatrical release: October 4th You can find dates and a list of theaters where the film will play at

monks documentary, trailer

monks live 2007

Monks fans will have two new and maybe last chances to see the band live:

07:00 pm Bob Rutman´s Steel Cello Ensemble
08:00 pm NISTA NIJE NISTA (from the monks tribute album SILVER MONK TIME
09:30 pm MONKS LIVE
23:00 pm screening MONKS - THE TRANSATLANTIC FEEDBACK (filmmakers attending)

07:00 pm screening MONKS - THE TRANSATLANTIC FEEDBACK (filmmakers attending)
09:30 pm MONKS LIVE

monks - the transatlantic feedback


documentary film | Germany, USA, Spain | 2006 | color & b/w | 100 min | digibeta

The beat is dead, long live the hop!
The Monks want to outstrip the Beatles!

The film opens with the Monks performing live in July of 1966 on the TV show BEAT-CLUB (the German
equivalent to the American Band Stand). TV announcer: “Todays show was opened by the Monks with
the original Boys Are Boys And Girls Are Choice. A few days ago they released their first records with
an unusual, new and surprising sound”. Jochen Irmler, founding member of the avant-garde krautrock
band FAUST was 15 when he eye witnessed the Monks on that particular show, which had an
astonishing audience of 6 million youngsters: “In retrospect I dont see a difference between James Last
and the Beatles. Not to mention the unutterable Rolling Stones. It was a shock to see the Monks
perform among all the other harmless bands. The vitality and minimalism that fascinated me, and the
hardness. There wasnt anything like it.” Later in the film Jochen Irmler will describe the difference
between old-fashioned sweet pop music and the new wild monk music. When we see the monks
attacking the guitar not only all hell breaks loose but it is the first clear art manifesto of detaching oneself
from regular pop music. Mike Leckebusch, founder and producer of the first TV show (Beat-Club) for
teenagers called the monks record “black monk time” the record of the year in 1966.

The Monks as former US servicemen dare to sing against the American involvement in Vietnam.
They dont play sweet melodies about how terrible the war is. Adorno called 60s protest music by Dylan
and Baez sweet and unbearable. The monk music is what Samuel Beckett does in theatre: stripped
down and minimalist, crude, harsh, to the point.
It is the first spoken/screamed word pop music. Instead of rhymes the monks use dada/rap attacks:

Alright, my name's Gary.
Let's go, it's beat time, it's hop time, it's monk time now!
You know we don't like the army.
What army?
Who cares what army?
Why do you kill all those kids over there in Vietnam?
Mad Viet Cong.
My brother died in Vietnam!
James Bond, who was he?
Stop it, stop it, I don't like it!
It's too loud for my ears.

Pussy galore's comin' down and we like it.
We dont like the atomic bomb.
Stop it, stop it, I don't like it . . . stop it!
What's your meaning Larry?
Ahh, you think like I think!
You're a monk, I'm a monk, we're all monks!
Dave, Larry, Eddie, Roger, everybody, let's go!
It's beat time, it's hop time, it's monk time now!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

monks documentary, up-coming festivals

MILANO INTERNATIONAL DOC FESTIVAL, (September 21st at 7:40 PM and September 28th at 10:05 PM) MUSIC ON FILM - FILM ON MUSIC, PRAGUE (October 19th at 3 PM and October 20th at 10 PM) Filmmakers attending MAR DE PLATA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (BUENOS AIRES), November 2nd to November 11th, 2007

reverend billy in berlin

New York Festival: New York Performance Artists Explore Berlin's Urban Space
House of World Cultures, Berlin, August 2007

No multinational corporation, and certainly no shopping mall, is safe from Reverend Billy. From 22 August Reverend Billy appeared at Berlin's temples of consumption, where he and his Church of Stop Shopping hold open services, including sermon and gospel choir.

At once smoothly charming and cuttingly critical, Reverend Billy preaches against the phoney life promised by experience-marketing and brand-name products. His credo is consumer refusal, his arch enemy the companies that fill public space with chain stores and advertising. Nobody can predict when and where the artistic performance will cross over into the uncontrollable realm of spontaneous political action. Reverend Billy practices a kind of political theatre that in the USA is possible in few places outside New York.

by André Lepecki, New York University

documentary film | USA, Germany, Spain | 2002 | 60 min + 30 min interview | color | DVCam, digibeta
You can purchase the DVD at

bowl of oatmeal at the pornfilmfestival berlin

short film | USA | 1996 | 10:00 min | 16 mm | color

A lonely man on the brink of emotional desolation talks to his Oatmeal. His need for friendship compels the man to a bizarre act.
Starring PIETRO GONZALEZ (The Man) and WILL BARTLETT (The Oatmeal)

Bowl of Oatmeal - the first short film by play loud´s Dietmar Post - has been selected for the 2. Pornfilmfestival Berlin as part of the Short Film Competition.
SCREENINGS: October 25th at 8 PM and October 28th at 10 PM at Eiszeit Kino
together with AVE X von Joe Gallant (USA)

The film was recently shown at hofHaus Short Film Festival