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April 10 – Everything is Terrible! Doggie Woggiez and More

Posted on | April 3, 2014 | Comments Off

Thursday, April 10 | Commodore Gilgamesh and Ghoul Skool in person!

Courtesy of EIT!

Courtesy of EIT!

“If everything is terrible, then nothing is” is the motto of this filmmaking collective, whose pseudonym-loving members make rapid-fire mash-ups from VHS tapes found in thrift stores—forgotten children’s shows, religious sermons, no-budget monster movies—to explore the weirdest corners of the American psyche. Leaving little time for reflection, only total submission, its cinema is a kind of psychedelic food poisoning, equally abrasive and hilarious and, in the end, oddly affectionate toward its varied subjects. Everything is Terrible!presents several shorts and its feature-length masterwork Doggie Woggiez! Poochie Woochiez! (2012)—a remake of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Holy Mountainwith a cast of cinematic canines.

Founded in 2006, Everything is Terrible! (EIT!) is an anonymous video collective dedicated to unearthing the best and worst ever committed to VHS. EIT! mines thrift stores and bargain bins for old VHS tapes and gives them new life in video compilations, live shows, and the group’s website. EIT!’s work has been hailed by Wired, Time, The Onion, Chicago Tribune, NPR’s All Things Considered, BoingBoing, Buzzfeed, Videogum, Paste, and Jezebel.

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