Memories of Youth: Sex, Drugs, Rock & Monkeys



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What would have been our Opening Night program in a normal year, this is the longest of our documentary programs. A joyful celebration of youth from the perspective of age, these stories are from those who survived them. * [feature Sleeze Lake restricted to US/MI viewers]

Darling Pet Monkey

In 1969, two young brothers ordered a monkey from an ad in the back of a monster magazine. - MICHIGAN PREMIERE
After the postal carrier delivered the box — things got weird. Tim Tate’s true's story has been covered on NPR and made into a musical. This is the story's first cinematic telling. A co Launch Over/FNF production.

My Juke-Box

A young woman is getting closer to her now aging father under the pretext of repairing a jukebox, object of their common memories.
- MICHIGAN PREMIERE - The film is about animation, archives and music, and links memory with the renewal of their relationship

Sweet Love

“I was thinking of writing something totally absurd; to take the genre of softcore porn, and merge it with the concept of the Theatre of the Absurd” - Alvin Bojar, a retired entertainment producer, now lives in Sun City Center, Florida, which is one of the state’s many so-called “active living” communities for persons over-55. Alvin sees his current home as a sort of “heaven’s waiting room”, but his sense of humour endures. From the confines of this retirement dreamscape, Alvin recounts his experiences, from more than forty years earlier, of writing and producing a bizarre softcore porn film called Fongaluli. It tells the story of a scientist who discovers a rare plant leaf that temporarily transforms his pet lobster into a beautiful woman, presenting new possibilities for interbreeding. As Alvin recalls the intent and circumstances surrounding this truly surreal production, Sweet Love ponders the parallel absurdity of life in heaven’s waiting room.

Sleeze Lake: Vanlife at its Lowest & Best

MICHIGAN PREMIERE - [restricted to US/Michigan viewers only]
Set among the foggy memories and ephemera of the world's largest custom van club, "Sleeze Lake" tells the story of a wild van party thrown in the middle of a fictitious resort town and the people who dreamt it up. --- It’s 1977 and the idealistic message of the hippie counter-culture has played a decade long game of telephone with America’s youth. Still searching for freedom and community in a post Vietnam world, groups of young people took to the open roads in shag-carpeted custom vans. They called themselves “vanners” and their culture was a strange cocktail of irreverence and hedonism. On the south side of Chicago, the van proved the perfect escape vehicle from the smog of the steel mills and refineries. It was here that a van club called Midwest Vans Ltd. was born. On Memorial Day weekend in 1977, these blue collar outcasts set out to build their own personal utopia, free of rules and restrictions. They erected a ramshackle resort town around a small pond and called it “Sleeze Lake”. When over 20,000 people showed up to the party all bets were off! Set among the foggy memories and ephemera of a subculture lost into the arms of time, Sleeze Lake tells the story of Midwest Vans and the biggest party you’ve never heard of. [[For Mature Audiences Only.]]