You can watch the first trailer for the film, which tells the story of a series of gigs in southern California that paved the way for corporate festivals such as Burning Man, Lollapalooza and Coachella, above.
Berlin-based Monoduo Films, which is run by Ben Bassauer, has previously repped films including Milford Graves Full Mantis, which was co-directed by Neil Young, A Band Called Death and Lamb of God doc As The Palaces Burn. It has taken the worldwide rights ahead of the films U.S. premiere at the Slamdance Festival. The film will debut at the Treasure Mountain Inn Ballroom on 25 January.
Desolation Center is the untold story of a series Reagan-era guerrilla desert happenings now that includes performances by bands including Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets and Einstürzende Neubauten. It tells the true story of how the risky, and at times even reckless, actions of a few outsiders can unintentionally lead to seismic cultural shifts. It is directed by Stuart Swezey, the creator and principal organizer of these events and includes Swezey’s never-before-seen archival video, live audio recordings, and stills woven together with new interviews, verité footage and animated sequences. The 90-minute doc features interviews with the likes of Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Blixa Bargeld, Curt Kirkwood, Lee Ranaldo.
The film has already had successful screenings internationally at festivals including CPH: Dox 2018, Indie Lisboa 2018 and Sheffield Doc Fest 2018.