ICEPICK TO THE MOON (Fred Lane documentary)

ICEPICK TO THE MOON (Fred Lane documentary)

19 years in the making, ICEPICK TO THE MOON is a feature length documentary about obscure stripmine crooner, Fred Lane, the pants-less, Band Aid-adorned performer who achieved a worldwide cult following starting in the Eighties when the Shimmy Disc label made Lane’s records easier to find.

Lane is described by his obsessed fans as “subversive,” “completely satirical,” “the Dada Duke Ellington,” and “Demon Frank Sinatra.” His fans have spent years examining every detail of Fred Lane’s albums, and yet whatever information they have found out about their hero has only led them deeper into blissful confusion. ICEPICK TO THE MOON not only examines the cult of Fred Lane fans, but also pulls the curtain back on the mysterious artist who is Fred Lane, from his early involvement with the Raudelunas arts collective in Alabama in the Seventies, to his current occupation making whirligigs to sell on the arts and crafts show circuit.

Meet Raudelunas, the wild, countercultural, artistic fringe of the University of Alabama during the era of George Wallace. For Raudelunas, creating, partying, and shocking the norm were more than just pastimes. A thorn in the side of the administration, they found loopholes in school rules that allowed them to borrow instruments from the music department, set up concerts and art shows on campus, and march in the annual Homecoming Parade. Out of this group rose satirical frontman, Fred Lane, whose worldwide cult following grows with every rerelease of his records. Many of the other Raudelunas have also achieved great success in their particular artistic fields, including vegetable-themed furniture maker Crag Nutt, music improvisers Davey Williams and LaDonna Smith, and composer Anne Lebaron. Meet the fans and associates who found inspiration in the activities of Raudelunas, including famed musician and actor Col. Bruce Hampton (Hampton Grease Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Slingblade, Tombstone), musician, artist and radio commentator David Greenberger (Duplex Planet, Men & Volts, So Wrong They’re Right, Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King), musician Brian Teasley (Man or Astro-man?, Chunklet Magazine), Eric Friedl (Goner Records, The Oblivians) and musicologist Lee Shook (The Audiovore).

All the way from Baltimore, Maryland, director Skizz Cyzyk will be present at the screening, to answer questions and give out free buttons.



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