Liberty Theatre | Camas WA | Desolation Center
Desolation Center (NR) Release Date: October 11th, 2019
Runtime: 1 hr. 33 min.
Director: Stuart Swezey
Genres: Documentary
Starring: Anthony Ausgang, Joe Baiza, Bob Bert, D. Boon
Before Coachella, Burning Man and Lollapalooza in the days of the Reagan era of the 80s there were guerrilla music and art performance happenings in Southern California that are recognized to have paved the way for their now large and popular contemporaries. These collective experiences have become key elements of popular culture in the 21st century.
The feature documentary splices interviews and rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Savage Republic and more, documenting a time when pushing the boundaries of music, art, and performance felt almost like an unspoken obligation.

Directed by Stuart Swezey, the creator and principal organizer of these unique events, Desolation Center demonstrates how the risky, and at times even reckless, actions of a few outsiders can unintentionally lead to seismic cultural shifts. Combining Swezey’s exclusive access to never-before-seen archival video, live audio recordings, and stills woven together with new cinematically shot interviews, verité footage and animated sequences, Desolation Center captures the spirit of the turbulent times from which these events emerged.

Nick Allen on wrote this quote from the Chicago Underground Film Festival:A history lesson and re-appreciation that's primed for fans of and newcomers to the musicians it centers on, "Desolation Center" is like the anti-Fyre Festival doc: the music involved is anti-establishment as hell, the show is an art piece itself, and the whole DIY operation actually worked, a few times over. The influence that Desolation Center would have on Lollapalooza, Coachella, and Burning Man is as obvious as it is bittersweet. "
Limited Engagement
No showtimes available