Danny Plotnick: Warts and All

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GreenCine's proud to offer an eclectic collection of short films by an underappreciated independendent filmmaker, straight from San Francisco’s Microcinema DVD.


"Plotnick's penchant for irreverent goofiness and stunning send-ups of American pop culture limns the edges of high and low, and this may be part of his success in generating lively audiences." -Filmmaker Magazine


Warts & All: The Films of Danny Plotnick (Comedic Missives from The American Underground, 1986-2001) is 100 minutes of mayhem featuring films shot on 16mm, super 8 and digital video. Danny Plotnick roared into the underground film world in the 1980s. Fueled by his love of punk and alternative culture and infected with d.i.y. spirit, he started making films that captured a similarly snarly attitude. His films were pegged as bawdy, bad-mouthed and beautiful, straddling the line between high-brow and low-brow art.

It’s no surprise that his work has screened from the MOMA in NYC to mortuaries in Baltimore to the Independent Film Channel. With little opportunity to screen this type of work in the 80s, Plotnick took to the road, projector and films in trunk, screening in bars, warehouses and cafes. Plotnick trail blazed a path for the underground film world that exploded in the early 90s, a scene that would ultimately champion his work.

Working in the pre-digital age, Plotnick was a fierce advocate for super 8 filmmaking. He took this 1960s home movie medium with limited capabilities and made work that stands tall regardless of format. The special features on this dvd are an important document for students of film, providing a rare glimpse into the world of sound super 8 filmmaking.

The films on this disc include Swingers’ Serenade, a titillating tale of suburban sexual malaise; I, Socky, a rogue sock monkey hits the town on a big day out; Steel Belted Romeos, a turbo-charged tale of California road rage; Skate Witches, a glimpse into the world of a 1980s female skateboard gang; Flip About Flip, a tribute to comic genius Flip Wilson.

Plotnick's new film, Out of Print, a loving ode to the counterculture of the 80s and 90s, is tearing up the festival circuit. The film just received an honorable mention for doc shorts at the Athens International Film Fest & Plotnick just received the Grand Prize at the Underground Filmmaker Festival, an award based on his body of work plus Out of Print. The film will also be screening at SF’s Other Cinema, The Zeitgeist Film Fest, The Edinburgh International Film Fest, CineVegas and the Revelation Film Fest in Perth.

Plotnick also just completed a series of music videos for Chuck Prophet.

You can see Danny interviewing himself on his web site!

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