Hello, what's up, and welcome to the Lite + Brite newsletter.
This week we have an interview with the brilliant minds behind Hyperreal Film Club, whom we've been obsessed with ever since attending their The Fast and the Furious drive-in at the Museum of Human Achievement last summer. Check out our Q+A below to find out how they executed that, as well as so many of their other immersive, multi-sensory film events.
In this issue we also have info on our virtual dance party tonight as well as our playlist from last week.
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Summer seems firmly upon us here in Austin, but we are still staying at home dancing in the dark of our air conditioned apartments and doing online radio shows. If you're looking for some music or to let off a little steam we hope you can join us at one of our virtual events. A/S/L?
No Lights No Lycra, our weekly dance party in the dark, has moved to an online home for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis. DJ Brian Blackout will be on Twitch, broadcasting his signature mix of indie, electropop, synthpop, disco, dusty rock + R&B records, regular funk, future funk, synthwave, new wave, many other waves, and much more live from his living room tonight and every upcoming Monday from 8pm-9:30pm CST. Put it as a recurring event on your calendar or RSVP to the facebook event to get reminders.
If you want more Brian Blackout in your life, he's now doing an online radio show on KPISS's "Channel 2" every Thursday night at 10pm CST. The show is called No Humans Allowed and it's dedicated to music for robots, cyborgs, androids, mandroids, cylons, skinjobs, etc. You can tune in live or stream last week's episode here where we went to the virtual beach. Scroll down to the bottom for a track listing.
What is No Lights No Lycra?
Austin's weekly judgment-free, substance-free, high-impact dance thing in the dark. It's a DJ night that's not at the club, a workout that's not at the gym, a personal meditation that's anything but silent. Read more about us in the Austin Chronicle.
In this series, we'll be getting to know some of the Austinites who produce our favorite local events. This week, we're honored to be talking to the founders of Hyperreal Film Club.
Lite + Brite: Can you give a brief intro to what Hyperreal Film Club is?
Hyperreal Film Club: Hyperreal Film Club is a film nonprofit in Austin, Texas. The three of us (David McMichael, Jenni Kaye, and Tanner Hadfield) have been at it from the beginning, and this past summer, our friend Nico Trevino joined the team.
We’ve got weekly film screenings (either in person or online, depending on the State Of The World) where we feature bonkers movies and local short films; a community-driven film review website with over 40 regular contributors; and we just started our own streaming channel called Hyperreal TV. We love producing events, building themed photo booths, connecting creative folks to other creative folks, and generally feeding the engines of good weird fun.
L+B: For how long have you been producing events in Austin?
HRFC: Our first event was July 14, 2017, and we’ve produced more than 150 events since then.
L+B: I love the name “Hyperreal Film Club.” How did you come up with it?
HRFC: It’s sort of from this text called Simulacra and Simulation by French philosopher Jean Baudrillard. We were trying to be all heady when we started this project, but now we just want to create our own universe. So the term’s morphed into, like, filling your reality with so many really bombastic and specific things until it becomes exactly what you want it to be.
L+B: What’s the most memorable or unexpected thing that’s ever happened at an event you produced?
HRFC: One of our favorite moments during the past year was a screening of this absolutely “bizzonkers” (if you know you know) piece of alt-cinema called Wizard People, Dear Reader, which is a, well, truly uncategorizable, mind-blowing piece of work. I know people like us say stuff like that all the time, but we’re reserving our one yearly use for this. It’s true. We had probably 150 people show up to watch this DIY retelling of the first Harry Potter movie and we had a live score by our friend Thomas Echols and it was one of those nights that breaks the fourth wall into eternity. Forever is now, and it is good.
L+B: Tell us about an event you’ve produced that you were particularly proud of.
HRFC: Jenni and her partner Joey Postiglione came up with the idea for an immersive film event series called Lifted Traces that now lives under Hyperreal. It's won some "Best Of" awards from the Austin Chronicle. They would pick a film, and then transform massive buildings into the world of that film. Joey would lead a group of musicians in a live synthesized re-score of the movie, complete with a live light show from Gavin Cantrell and his team. We’d have themed food, drinks, installations—an entire experience. The first one we did was for the film Akira. It was incredible to see these artists donate their time and use so many donated and foraged resources to transform this space into neo-Tokyo. 600+ people give a standing ovation for this temporary and unique experience.
Since then we did Fantastic Planet and Deep Red. We’d love to take these events to the next level with sponsors so it can be a sustainable endeavor for all the artists involved.
L+B: When we went to your drive-in screening of The Fast and the Furious at the Museum of Human Achievement, we loved how you had kids from the Thinkery build a movie-themed obstacle course and someone else give an academic lecture on the significance of the film series. What are other sorts of things do you do to make your film events special (and not just, like, people sitting and watching a movie)?
HRFC: We love a theme! At the drive-in, our friend Reed Faitak (chef at Austin Daily Press) created completely original themed menus for every movie, featuring classics like Dwayne “The Brocc” Johnson (crispy pork belly sandwich with grilled broccolini, black beans, queso fresco, and pickled onions) and Vin Diese’s Pieces (the best snack mix you ever had). Jenni has headed up truly incredible themed photo booths at a bunch of our events, like the glory hole stall at Ask Any Buddy and the Jellicle Ball Heaviside Layer at our screening of Cats.
On top of that, we’ve been leaning pretty heavily into films that are fun to watch with a crowd. For instance, at the end of one of the Fast and Furious movies, when Brian & Co. zoom up and surround the prison van where Dom’s being held so they can break him out, the whole crowd was jumping up and down and cheering. Getting to build moments like that where a group of friends and strangers is fully invested in a batshit spectacle is super special.
L+B: What are some of your favorite Austin events to attend that you don’t produce, and/or who are some local event producers whom you admire? Or favorite venues to work with?
From October through the Big Shutdown, we had a weekly movie night at Ana Lark (and plan to again once it’s safe). Greg, who runs the space, is just an absolutely brilliant person to work with, and the space has been a DREAM. And really the reason we were able to start that weekly series was the offer of a free space by the folks who run Flat Track, so we’ll always be super grateful to them for that. (Also, there’s always someone who gets you connected to those windfalls—Spencer Mirabal and Travis Kent, lookin at you xo.)
[Editor's note: When the shutdown happened, we were just about to start doing our party No Lights No Lycra at the Ana Lark Center, so we can confirm its dreaminess.]
And these folks aren’t an event or a producer, but we’d be really neglecting an arm and a leg if we didn’t shout out 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative here. Above all, they’ve got amazing beer (and you should go buy a whole bunch of it right now); beyond that, they’ve partnered with us a million times and I can honestly say I don’t know if we could have afforded to produce the events we’ve produced without their incredible generosity. Long live 4th Tap!
L+B: How can people support you during this time when we can’t go to events?
HRFC: We’ve got a virtual family movie night every Wednesday that’s been super fun—check out our Instagram to find out more about that! We also love getting to publish folks’ original film writing, so if that’s something that folks are into, they can email us for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re also working on building out our Hyperreal TV channel so that we can really give some love to the amazing filmmakers we’re featuring there. Any support around sharing out what we’re doing is always super appreciated!
L+B: While we’re all stuck at home, are there any streaming events that you’d recommend?
Here's what we played at last week's living room edition of No Lights No Lycra. As per usual it was a freewheeling mix: dancepunk, synthwave, R&B, post-punk, italo, disco + yacht rock just to scratch the surface. If you missed our streaming session last Monday, you can listen to the playlist on YouTube here and join us for this week's party here.
Tell Me You Love Me (Go Go Bizkitt Remix) - Galantis & Throttle
Rise and Fall (Classixx Remix) - Night Drive
Tennis Fan - Banoffee
Flame (Chicken Lips Remix) - Bell X1
My Love (DFA Remix) - Justin Timberlake
Bonbon (Johnny Jewel Remix) - Lou Rebecca
Pow Pow Pow (FabioLous Barker Edit) - Capricorn
Cantaloop - Us3
Your Life (dub) - Konk
What a Fool Believes - the Doobie Brothers
Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
Lost in the Supermarket - the Clash
Go! - Tones on Tail
Unconditional - the Bravery
According to Plan - I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness
Don’t Be Seen with Me - Oppenheimer Analysis
Summer Fever - Donna Summer
Kiss on My List - Hall & Oates
How to Get Physical - Magdalena Bay
I Drive - Lower Dens
Blinding Lights - the Weeknd
Running in the Night - FM-84
Whisper to a Scream - Bobby O & Claudja Barry
Talk to Me Dance with Me - Hot Hot Heat
Crosseyed and Painless - Talking Heads
All at Once - Home
No Humans Allowed 04
The robots are going to the beach! We encourage you to take the beach pill and dive into a fully immersive beach simulation lovingly crafted by the devices in your life. They're worried about you, and they want to make it all better. There is nothing in life some simulated sand and wave sound recordings cannot cure, so let's dive in.
FM Skyline - Marble Madness
Tiger & Woods - Salsaro Ete
Mario Basanov - Do You Remember? (Arithmatix Remix)
the Kitch Club - Can’t Stop Saying I Love You (Ferrari Remix)
Pender Street Steppers - Falling (dub)
Wish Key - Last Summer (Craxi Disco Singalong Anthem Edit)
Julien Love - Peace, Love, Technique
Heróis Do Mar - Amor (Selvagem Edit)
Bicep - Glue
Terence - Illusions
Orion - I Want You So Bad
Donna Allen - Sweet Somebody (Total M Dub Edit)
Sandy Marton - People from Ibiza (Otti Edit)
Joan Bibiloni - Migas
Who are we?
We make this newsletter. We put on No Lights No Lycra each week. We do some other stuff here and there. We love going out to creative events in Austin, and we want you to join us. Visit us at http://liteandbriteatx.com/