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ROCKETS REDGLARE preceeded by LUNA MACAROONA

FRIDAY 31 OCTOBER AT 7:30PM UGC SHAFTESBURY AVE SCREEN 2



Country USA Running Time 88 mins Format Beta SP Dir/Prod Luis Fernandez de la Reguera DoP Matthieu Hagnery Featuring Rockets Redglare, Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon, Jim Jarmusch, Steve Buscemi, Julian Schnabel Print Source Ben Berkowitz T +1 773 862 7569 E benzfilm@aol.com W www.rocketsredglare.tv

May 1949, New York City, Rockets Redglare is born to a 15- year-old heroin addict. Addicted in utero, they add an opiate derivative to his formula to ease the pain of withdrawal. This is the first of countless detoxes during his lifetime. In the 1980s he partnered with Steve Buscemi in The Rockets Redglare Taxicabaret and went on to appear in more than 30 films that include Animal Factory (2000), Basquiat ('96), Trees Lounge ('96), Mystery Train ('89), Big ('88), Talk Radio ('88), Down By Law ('86), Desperately Seeking Susan ('85) and Stranger Than Paradise ('83). Rockets was also bodyguard and dealer to Sid Vicious and Jean Michel Basquiat.

Debut director de la Reguera has created an intimate, warm, funny, harrowing portrait of this indomitable spirit, with trips to Puerto Rico, the methadone clinic, the hospital. There is plenty of archive material and interviews with Rockets' friends that include Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon, Jim Jarmusch, Steve Buscemi and Julian Schnabel. The film was financed by 12 credit cards and shot using a succession of cameras bought and returned to only the finest of chainstores. DT

Luis Fernandez de la Reguera was born below sea level in New Orleans, survived a Catholic reformatory and after a stint as singer for punk band Surfin' Jesus, relocated to NYC. He delivered and did a few drugs, opened Big Plate Studios, worked a lot of shit jobs, ripped them off and made his first short Differently Able. After 9/11 came Orwell's prediction 19 years late. He now lives in a fishing village in Mexico and listens to the BBC on his shortwave and laughs.

LUNA MACAROONA USA | 8 mins | Beta | Director Steve Buscemi Producer Saxon Eldridge Twelve year old Lucian Buscemi discovers the 1980s East Village performance scene. With performances by The Alien Comic, Jo Andres, Mimi Goese, Dancenoise, Steve Buscemi & Mark Boone, and Ethyl Eichelburger.

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