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. Combining amazing film with original new music.
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
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.
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