Screen Syndicate

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Our new side project, Screen Syndicate, was recently honored to perform at the St. Louis International Film Festival.  We played KDHX’s great performance space and as an added bonus the fest screened Jonathan Demme’s classic Caged Heat after our show.

Screen Syndicate members include the Salt Kings plus engineer/producer extraordinaire Mike Lescelius, owner of Misunderstudio in southern Illinois. Think Mike Mogis of Saddle Creek and you’ll have a notion of the dimension he brings to the party.

Our current show explores the fascinating history of Roger Corman’s New World Pictures and films from the period and genre that influenced the work of Quentin Tarantino and other directors.  The show also highlights 1970’s American Drive-In-Movie culture and films that were able to bypass censors and run on giant outdoor screens throughout the United States.

B Movie actress Roberta Collins is the vehicle used to navigate the period and also reveal a Hollywood story of unfulfilled promise.  Collins lit up the screen in films like The Big Doll House, Women in Cages and Death Race 2000 often outshining her contemporaries including Pam Grier.  Tarantino described her final shot In Women In Cages as one of "devastating despair."

Unable to break out of the B-movie grind Collins was mired in minor roles for increasingly poor productions before exiting the business and dying in obscurity in 2008.

Screen Syndicate combines original songs, film clips, trailers and other material into a unique film oriented live music experience.  The band has performed at numerous film festivals in the United States and Europe with shows about pioneering African American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux and America, Illinois, a post 911 look at the road to war through songs, stories and film from deep southern Illinois.

Four specific shows are available for your film festival or event including:

Roger Corman/Roberta Collins
The Amazing Oscar Micheaux
Within Our Gates, 1919
America, Illinois

Screen Syndicate.  Combining amazing film with original new music.

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