+ The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale

Tony Conrad : Completely in the Present

18 June 2017, 12.00-16.30

We are delighted to partner with Supersonic to present Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present, a non-fiction film examining the pioneering life and works of artist, musician, and educator, Tony Conrad – followed by The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale.

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present *update: introduced by producer Paul Williams 

Conrad was one of the great American artists of our time, and performed as part of the 10th anniversary edition of Supersonic. Since the early 1960s, Conrad’s films and compositions have been the stuff of legend for artists and musicians everywhere. His vast, inter-disciplinary repertoire has single-handedly created and influenced major film and compositional movements. He performed in and recorded the soundtrack to Jack Smith’s legendary Flaming Creatures; he turned the paradigms of cinema upside down with The Flicker, a film composed of only black and white frames; his development and practice of Just Intonation and Minimalism through his work with Stockhausen and La Monte Young still has the music establishment scratching their heads; his pivotal role in the formation of The Velvet Underground has directly or indirectly influenced everyone who has picked up a guitar since; as an early adopter of activist public access television he democratized the emerging medium of portable video.

Youtube trailer — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJXrYodxlUI

Sunday 12.00 | FREE to Supersonic ticket holders I £5 to non ticket holders | Booking here

The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale + in conversation with Director Bob Hannam
“I always thought it was strange that people didn’t know more about The Melvins and I felt their story needed to be told. The band members had told me that a few people had talked the talk but had never followed up on their threats to make a film about them, so a little over two years ago things really fell into place and now the end product is finished for all to see, ” explained Director and Co-Producer Bob Hannam, who worked in tandem with co-producer Ryan Sutherby to bring the film to fruition. “It has been a long labor of love for the both of us and we are excited for people to see the film and understand the workings of a truly great band.”

“The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale” follows the band’s history, with rare behind-the-scenes footage from their early days in Washington to their multiple modern incarnations with an eye on the enduring influence they’ve had throughout their 30-year plus history. The documentary features interviews with Mike Patton, Chris Cornell, Jello Biafra, Gene Simmons, Krist Novoselic, Mark Arm, J. Mascis, Josh Homme, David Yow and many more.

Sunday 14.30 | FREE to Supersonic ticket holders I £5 to non ticket holders

Screenings at Vivid Projects 16 Minerva Works 158 Fazeley Street Birmingham B5 5RS

FREE to Supersonic ticket holders I £5 to non ticket holders | Booking here


-Tony Conrad_Performance of Bowed Film 1976_by Linda Edelstein-Tony Conrad estate_crop The Melvins