KCSB-FM starts off this year’s “Popped Culture: Radio Goes to the Movies” film series on Thursday, Nov. 29 with a free screening of “Border Radio” (1987) at 7:30 p.m. in I.V. Theater 2.
A Q&A session will follow the “Border Radio” screening with film director Kurt Voss. Film director and UCSB Film & Media Studies professor Allison Anders will also participate if her schedule permits. Special guests include “Border Radio’s” Julie Christensen and Iris Berry.
“It’s exciting to honor [“Border Radio’s”] creative team with a revival showing, and KCSB greatly appreciates their direct involvement with this event,” KCSB Promotions Coordinator Nick Werth said in a press release.
“Border Radio” is an independent film that depicts the 1980s Southern California punk rock scene. In 2007, it became a part of the Criterion Collection.
KCSB Development Coordinator Ted Coe said the characters are not what you expect from a Hollywood film — the actors are less seasoned and the scenes were shot on location. While the film is not about radio per se, radio exists within it as a theme.
The film is a time capsule of the L.A. punk scene of the early 1980s. “It is very much a product of its time,” Voss said. “It’s full of long takes and black and white photography.”
Coe explained that a fundamental part of KCSB’s mission is to be educational. Giving the UCSB communit y access to the film’s directors during a Q&A session is one way they hope to achieve this.
“We want to screen works that are compatible with the spirit of what we do here: not coming from corporate sensibilities,” Coe said, “More independent [films] … representing experiences and people who are less visible than in mainstream Hollywood films.”
This year marks “Border Radio’s” 25th anniversary. Director Voss is excited with the film’s longevity and status as a cult punk rock film.
“It’s great to have the film still playing after all these years. You never set out to make a cult film,” Voss said.
Furthermore, KCSB’s I.V. screening promises a much more enriching viewing experience than watching the film on one’s own at home.
“We don’t want people to just experience movies at home,” Coe said. “There is something about sharing a community experience.”
“Border Radio” will be the KCSB film series’ only film screening this fall. For the rest of the series, KCSB plans to make multimedia a bigger focus and expand outside of radio-related movies.