Join us for a screening and Q&A discussion of the film with Berlin legend Mark Reeder.
B-MOVIE is a documentary about music, art, and chaos in the Wild West Berlin of the 1980s: the walled-in city became a creative melting pot sub and pop culture, attracting dilettantes and world-famous celebrities alike. It was not about long-term commercial success, but about living for the moment, and the here and now.
In this fast-paced collage of stories from a frenzied but creative decade, from punk to techno, in a time when Berlin was like a B:Movie: with punk and ending with the Love Parade—all from a city where the days are short and the nights are endless. In a time Berlin was like a B-MOVIE: Colorfully cheap and trashy, threatened and thrown together, anxious and ambitious, clubbed and canned, stoned and strung out, drunk, drugged, and just very special.
Told primarily through unreleased TV and film footage, photos, and original interviews, B -MOVIE extolls the story of life in the divided city—a cultural interzone in which everything and anything seemed possible in a place unlike anywhere else in Europe. The film stars Gudrun Gut, Nena, Nick Cave, Joy Division, and more familiar faces from the old Berlin scene.
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About Mark Reeder
Mark Reeder is the John Galt of Berlin’s ever-changing music constellation. Back in 1978, he went record shopping in Berlin but found something else: a fascinating, divided city. His passion for music shaped a new scene and movement that changed the face of East and West Berlin’s punk and techno culture.
Who is Mark Reeder? Former German representative of Factory Records, he promoted his friends Joy Division and New Order. He played in bands (Frantic Elevators, Die Unbekannten, Shark Vegas, and Alien Nation). He threw illegal punk rock concerts in East Berlin with Die Töten Hosen, and despite being labeled a ‘subversive dekadent’ by the Stasi, produced the very last record in the GDR. A techno original, he primed Paul van Dyk to fame and started the first techno/trance label MFS (Masterminded for Success) in 1990, East Berlin. Aside from his sixth sense for sound, he’s the face of hit documentary B-Movie: Lust and Sound in West Berlin, starring himself, sex, drugs, and rock n’ techno. And to think, all these cool accolades began with a thrill for records and smuggling tapes.
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