Garage A Trois Play Saturday, Offer 12 Last-Minute Entries in the SF Indie Film Festival
The quartet has been on the prowl since 1999 -- though the present incarnation was minted in 2007 with the addition of keyboardist/organist Marco Benevento (of the excellent Benevento-Russo Duo) -- taking just enough time from the members' respective projects (Seattle industrial-jazz veterans Critters Buggin! New Orleans funk ensemble Galactic! Underrated R.E.M. offshoot Tuatara!) to record five albums, including the soundtrack to a never-released French film called Outre Mer.
"Earl Harvin": African-American man gets gig playing drums with the French band Air. He falls in love with Europe. A few years later he moves from LA to Berlin. Becomes fluent in German. Meets his true love.
"Shooting Breaks": A man is on the top of a beautiful hill overlooking Lake Austin. He is massively depressed. He graduated valedictorian of his high school. He graduated with honors from law school. It all seemed perfect. His girl left him. Life seemed empty. He didn't know he was bipolar. In a split second he puts a gun in his mouth and shoots himself a break.
"Kansas": Feel the '70s, man. Dust off the ghost of the tube, brah. Experimental cinema.
"Swellage": Crazy guitarist from huge rock band hangs out in a hot tub with ladies on Molly. People always trying to get next to him. This is a beautiful experience on ecstasy, so he often repeats it.
"The Drum Department": A modern drummer poster child has a beautiful wife who is a genius. They have crazy adventures in the world. Traveling, sweating, airport stalls. He recalls his first hardcore show, which was Bad Brains. He quits being a studio whore and joins a punk band from New Orleans.
"Thumb": A wonderful man leaves Brooklyn for upstate New York. They find a place with a pond and 8 acres. He realizes that HR from Bad Brains has been squatting in his barn. The drama unfolds as his daughter teaches HR the one lesson he failed to remember.
"Baby Mama Drama": A creative woman is always asking her jazz millionaire ex for more money. She drives across the country to put stickers on public buildings. She is preparing for 2012. She must instill the Native American spirit, or else.
"Chimp and Flower": A New York City woman falls in love with a dirty ape. The dirty ape is always on the road. He cannot be had. His world consists of fossil fuels, tabla practice, and espresso. They travel, love, and fight. However, the limbo of not knowing what he can give drives her back to the world she left. She ends up a curating the Tate Modern and he relapses on heroin and dies in a hotel on Lombard.
"Dark Bogul": Same film. The friends of the dead jazz musician play music at the wake.
"Assault on Precinct 13": See John Carpenter movie.