[VIDEO]: Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Frida Cinema

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When it comes to weird cult audience favorites, Rocky Horror Picture Show seems second to none, considering of course that this musical is still going strong on the midnight movie circuit since its debut in 1975.

Character costumes, throwing items at the screen, dancing along to the "Time Warp" or yelling hilarious, often vulgar callbacks to the film's dialogue; some of the staples of the original Rocky Horror screenings from way back when are still in use today. They've also helped make this film the iconic musical that it is, and inspired the Library of Congress to name it "Culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

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Beat Theatre Brings Experimental Film + Beats to the Frida Tonight with Santa Sangre

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Gabonano scoring The Shining with fresh beats
The aural, visual experience of a Beat Theatre show is unlike your typical cinematic live re-scoring event. You take a classic art house/avant garde film and pair it with the sounds of original beats made by underground beat producers, and you get a hypnotic, ultra-sensory experience that connects sight, sound, and mind.

While the beat scene remains fairly under the radar from its mainstream-EDM counterparts, local beat artists consider Beat Theatre to be a space for inspiration and connectivity to other artists, while for the performers themselves it's a place to give their bedroom compositions some exposure.

Dating back to 2013 in Long Beach, Beat Theatre shows have always taken place at smaller venues like houses, cultural centers and dive bars, but tonight they'll be making their actual theater debut at the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana with a grand pairing of the 1989 Alejandro Jodorowsky film Santa Sangre, featuring the musical talents of DJs Afta 1, AshTreJinkins, Eludem, Gabonano, and Memesy.

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Nick Cave's Creative Odyssey 20,000 Days on Earth Opens This Friday at The Frida

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Doesn't look a day over 15,765 days old...

Nick Cave is a man who wears many hats: singer, musician, writer, screenwriter, actor and composer. But Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's latest film, 20,000 Days on Earth , tells about not only the creative genius behind all of them, but also the father, husband and friend that isn't so commonly known to fans.

That isn't to say that 20,000 Days is your run-of-the-mill documentary. In a format befitting the ex-Bad Seeds front man, the film explores the world of Cave and the influences--from his early upbringing to the everyday people in his life--that inspire his imagination. But beyond that, the film examines the spiritual themes such as mortality, and how we spend our time on Earth.

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Tonight is Your Last Chance to See the Mexican Spinal Tap for Free

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Volando Bajo
When the 5th OC Film Fiesta kicked off its series of free Latino-film screenings a month ago, it launched with a campy, musical mockumentary that crossed language barriers with its humorous glam and spot-on parody of Mexican pop music from the '80s.

Volando Bajo, a Beto Gomez film, follows the members of fictional musica romantica duo Los Jilgueros de Rosarito as they grow up besties on the beaches of Baja, rise to fame thanks to some perfectly teased hair and then crumble under the pressure of nationwide celebrity. In between, they perform their cheesy keyboard ballads in movies, music videos and televised musical performances--all dressed in outrageous polyester costumes that hark back to a long-gone era of Mexican popular culture.

Read more: OC Film Fiesta Soars High with Opening Night Film Flying Low

With the sound, look and feel of a past era, it's being hailed as the Mexican answer to This Is Spinal Tap, itself a well-produced parody of an over-the-top music scene.

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The 10 Best Punk Rock Movies

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Punk rock has been a part of cinema ever since the music was created in places like Los Angeles, New York and London in the mid to late '70s. Aside from the music, either live or on record, the big screen provided another medium to convey what punk truly stands for: not giving a fuck what anyone else says or thinks, having integrity, staying true to your identity, and rebelling against the status quo. Note that this list doesn't include documentaries on punk, only feature films. We now present our list of top ten punk rock movies.

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College Kid Marcus Haney Lived a Real-Life Version of Almost Famous

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In 2010, Marcus Haney was your typical college kid with a lust to get closer to the core of any modern music-lover's dream -- the music festival. But unlike most people wanting to go to Coachella, Bonnaroo and the rest, Haney didn't save for weeks to buy his event pass, and then ride out to Indio with his buddies for a weekend of partying to Jay-Z and Muse in the audience. Instead, Haney rode out to Indio, jumped a fence when no one was looking, hid out in a Porta-Potty for 8 hours and used a homemade photo pass to enjoy Coachella not from the audience with everyone else, but rather from behind the lens as a press photographer.

And while there might be quite a few people who successfully sneak into Coachella and other big music festivals for a day or so, Haney made a career out of it. He eventually parlayed his fake photo pass and press credentials to sneak into multiple festivals over a couple of years. At one such event, he met Mumford and Sons, who took such a liking to Haney and his work they invited him to go on tour with them as their press photographer. Haney dropped out of USC film school one term before graduating so he could join one of the world's biggest rock bands on their tour.

Haney has turned his adventures into a documentary film, No Cameras Allowed. The footage he shot at festivals and on the road with Mumford and Sons has been edited into a full-length film premiering July 23 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.

We sat down with Haney, now 26 and living in Venice Beach when he's not on the road, to talk about what it's like to be the badass who realized his dream one amazing concert at a time.

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The Best Music Videos at Newport Beach Film Festival

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Music videos are hardly ever considered in the same vein as short films, but with the upscale production value and high concepts behind music videos today, it's foolhardy to consider them otherwise. The music video showcase happening tonight on what is the conclusion of Newport Beach Film Festival does something that's unheard of, which is to consider the music video as an elevated art form.

While you might be guffawing at the thought of seeing on the big screen what you'd already see on a computer, consider that here you won't be subjected to Vevo's annoying ads or a viewer comment board, or the hundreds of possible interruptions you'd encounter at home (like the dreaded wi-fi disconnection). Plus, you'll be able to know the actual names of the directors behind each vid. 

Here are five music video picks from tonight's showcase to check out at Newport's Triangle theater.

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Terminally Ill's Sick Documentary About Their Crazy "Crunk Rock" Band

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Kyle Cox
Terminally Ill isn't an easy band to wrap your head around. Despite labeling themselves as "crunk rock," their beer-swilling live show and fuck-shit-up attitude is only a slice of what these rap-rock pranksters are really about. We've followed them since the "Bro Anthem" and even given them some Locals Only love, but now it seems they're ready to give us a full revelation of the Tao of Terminally Ill.

Recently, the band created a little documentary (er dankumentary) that shows us just what makes them tick. They'll be premiering the doc on Sunday, May 4 at Proof Bar, the sight of one of their latest videos, "Act Sick." We caught up with the group's hardcore rhymers Ryan Risetter (Dank Nasty), Steffan Burrati (Steffen Illuminati), Atwon Bartolic (Twon Solo) and Chris Rock (The P-Town Skrillionaire) to get some insight into one of the most fascinating pieces of local cinema we've seen since in a while (eat your heart out, Newport Beach Film Festival!).

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'How To Fight In Six Inch Heels' Is An Instruction on Vietnamese America

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Courtesy Ham Tran
The film takes place in Saigon and New York
The children of the Vietnamese Diaspora might have the most interesting relationship with their roots of all the second generations of the major immigrant groups in the United States.

They're allowed back to Vietnam, and many of them visit (myself included), but many them feel almost a complete disconnection from the Fatherland. Their parents stressed learning the language, but without people to practice with or experience with tonal languages, their abilities may be a little lacking. Depending on where they grew up, they might barely have a Vietnamese cultural identity at all.

It's an interesting relationship that's defined by small, almost unnoticeable mannerism -- mannerisms that Ham Tran's How to Fight in Six Inch Heels captures nearly perfectly. The hour-and-a-half romantic comedy is wickedly funny and beautifully paced, but where it really shines is in its treatment of the modernization of Vietnam and the relationship between Vietnamese Americans, local Vietnamese, and the country.

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Respect The Iron Sheik's Documentary

Whether you've followed his career in wrestling or if you are following this master of hilarity threatening people with the "camel clutch" on Twitter, there's still much more to uncover about WWF legend the Iron Sheik. So much in fact, that he needed an entire documentary to fit it all in. At this year's Canadian International Hot Docs film festival (that runs from April 24 to May 4) they will feature a full-length doc about the one and only Shekie himself, aptly titled "The Sheik."

See also: Stop Being a Jabroni and Respect the Iron Sheik!

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