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Long live the FINAL FLESH?

Next Wednesday, we're doing a special screening of the film FINAL FLESH. The writer, Vernon Chatman, is going to attend and provide his bizarre insight into this very unique project. You probably haven't heard of this thing, and that's ok. I'm here to straighten it out for you.

FINAL FLESH is not exactly a film, at least not in the traditional sense. It's four short films based on a common premise and shot by four different "crews." The plot, if you can call it one, is a twisted nightmare: Two women and one man are facing the end of the world.

Chatman wrote four scripts and submitted them to specialty adult-video companies that cater to homemade scripts for niche fetishes. Rather than send a typical dirty scenario, however, Chatman wrote non-sexual, apocalyptic stories that the barely-capable actors and filmmakers then adapted into short, made-to-order videos. The results all share a tone of surreal hell, but with unique looks and performance styles.

If you don't recognize the name Vernon Chatman, it means you aren't watching the credits to some of the best television ever created. Chatman is the madman behind DOGGY FIZZLE TELEVIZZLE, XAVIER: RENEGADE ANGEL, and my personal favorite, WONDER SHOWZEN. That show was one of the best anti-comedy programs of the decade. Under the aesthetic and thematic guise of a children's public television program from the 1970s, WONDER SHOWZEN presents a deranged and cynical view of childhood, humanity, and education. It is a terror and is probably the only television show I can remember that I was afraid to watch more than one episode of in a row.

But as you see, its sometimes horrifying images are always funny, in that very uncomfortable way that is one of the most uncharted and effective places in comedy.

FINAL FLESH has a lot of that same energy, but forgoes some of the easier laughs for more conceptual head-scratching. This film is funny, its super weird, and it's definitely unlike anything you've ever seen before. And with the creator of this project, Vernon Chatman, live, this is sure to be one of the most enlightening and hilarious events of the year.

Be sure not to miss this once-in-a-lifetime screening of FINAL FLESH. Wednesday, June 30, 9:30 @Ritz.

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