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Destroying Cleveland: Interview with Matthew Greenfield

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Please state your name and what do you do?

My name is Matthew Greenfield.  I do music journalism, writing, film making, and I used to do hip hop music for years.  In my spare time, I do nerdy shit like watch wrestling and horror movies.

How long have you been involved in the music scene and what prompted your journey?

I started attending punk and hardcore shows in Youngstown, Ohio,  during my sophomore year of high school. My junior year I bought a bass and sang vocals for a grindcore band called Combat Shock with my friend Jonah “Grimy L” Smith.  After that I formed a group called King of Noise Guitar. It was a different lineup at every show. I think some members of Crowd Deterrent even subbed in a few times. We were so bad. I started rapping at the end of my junior year. I was listening to Too Short and would just freestyle about doing nasty shit to my friend’s moms, just really lewd sex rap stuff. I noticed that I could pretty much freestyle for an hour straight so I started taking it more seriously. To make a long story short, I had a pretty decent run as MC Homeless. I got to play rap shows all over the world and even in crazy places like Ukraine and Russia. Quit doing that a few years ago and totally lost interest.  Rap shows are fucking corny.  I also played in a few other metal/hardcore/grind type bands over the years but none of them really released much music.

Why Destroy Cleveland, shouldnt we be building it up?

You must destroy to rebuild. Really though, it’s an H-100s song.

 

But seriously, what motivated you and your colleagues to put this project together?

My love for the bands and their rotten attitudes.  Integrity is one of the most fascinating bands I can think of.  H-100s too. The people have absolutely wild stories that almost sound fictional. We have video proof to back them up though!  Riots, trashed venues, skinhead violence, fireworks, fights, you will see it all.

 

What are you hoping people get out of this documentary?

 

First off, I want them to be entertained and not bored. That should be the main goal of every movie.  I also want them to know that with bands like 9 Shocks Terror, Integrity, Confront, H-100s, Inmates, etc, it’s hard to find another city that has that many unique and brilliant hardcore bands.  I also want folks to empathize with the people on the screen. I didn’t make this movie for the bands to relive the glory days…or gory days. I guess would be more fitting. I didn’t make this movie just for people who hang out at Now That’s Class (best bar ever, by the way). I made this movie for EVERYONE. It would be cool to see bands pop up in Indonesia that sound like Cider or Apartment 213. This isn’t some bullshit inside joke project just made for people in Cleveland and their friends to watch. I think this is actually a really powerful narrative.  These bands happened out of desperation, violence, and boredom. Only a select few in Cleveland really understand but the rest of us get a little peek into a world of madness.

 
Have you done your best to include ALL the bands and people that played a part in building this scene, or is this just going to be the Tony Erba variety show? Not that it wouldn’t be entertaining in it’s own right.

It actually is the Tony Erba variety show and next week he will have the Cowsills, Wayland Flowers and Madame, George Kennedy and Jan Michael Vincent as his guests. Seriously though, who has been in as many bands as Erba?  He started with LEK in the 80s and then formed Face Value. After that we have H-100s, 9 Shocks Terror, Stepsister (with members of the Guns), Gordon Solie Motherfuckers and more. The dude is a living manifestation of Cleveland hardcore and the DIY punk life. He will never drop out or go away. Of course he’s going to be a huge part of this documentary.  With that said, what would a Cleveland hardcore documentary be without all of the original members of Integrity and Ringworm? We got ’em all. Integrity is THE band. There music will last forever and always sound timeless. Dwid could give two shits about Cleveland hardcore but he’s still in the movie and did a really great interview. He just has other things going on these days that are more important to him.  I totally understand and respect that. I like Dwid.  Tony Pines from One Life Crew is another lifer. He’s in there. Paul Schlacter is there and is in some of the best bands I have ever heard, period. We have Frank Novinec who not only did legendary work with Ringworm and Integrity but has also played in Terror and Hatebreed. Charlie Garigga moved away after Outface but he’s a lifer too. Charlie has played in Civ, Quicksand, and Judge. Those are bands that have made quite the impact.

 

Who have been your favorite people to work with on this project?

 

Everybody has been great. Steve from 9 Shocks/Homostupids was an exceptional interview. He has a really different and unique perspective.

Which people have surprised you the most? Or totally weren’t what you were expecting them to be?

 

I thought a lot of the guys would be assholes but everyone is cool. They all have personality quirks but who doesn’t?  People built Dwid up to be some five headed monster but he’s really easy to talk with.

 

What are 3 bands that you think kids should be encouraged to listen to before they can graduate high school? What books or movies have changed your life?

 

From Cleveland HC or in general? Cleveland HC would be Integrity, Confront, and 9 Shocks Terror. In general, David Bowie, Black Sabbath, and Kool G Rap.

 

Bands and musicians that changed my life: Motorhead, Integrity, 9 Shocks Terror, H-100s, Black Sabbath, John Carpenter, Crass, Black Flag, Slayer, Spazz, Man Is The Bastard, Hawkwind, Rakim, Mos Def, Freestyle Fellowship, EPMD, Isaac Hayes, Inmates/Cider, Ye, Kool  Keith, The Cramps, Ceschi Ramos, Joy Division, Prince, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Cro Mags, Discharge, King Crimson, Roy Orbison, Poison Idea, GISM, I could seriously go on and on!

 

Movies that have changed my life: The 400 Blows, Paris Texas, Buffalo ’66, The Brown Bunny, the work of Robert Bresson, John Luc Godard, Francois Tuffaut, French New Wave Cinema, Italian Neorealism, the DIY filmmaking of Lloyd Laufman and Troma, shot-on-video 80s homemade horror movies, Abel Ferrera’s work such as MS 45, King of New York, and The Bad Lieutenant, Martin Scorsese films like Goodfellas, Mean Streets, Raging Bull, etc. Nick Zedd and the cinema of transgression, John Waters, LuisBunuel, Dario Argento’s early work, John Carpenter and especially the first two Halloween’s, and also bad public access tv, trash culture, b movies, The Munsters, shitty 80s sitcoms that are forgotten like Small Wonder. My brain is all over the place. Love pop culture.

 

What truly inspires you or pumps you up every morning when you start your day?

I listen to 90s hip hop every morning in my car.

 

Are there any causes or organizations you strongly support and encourage others to take the time to look into?

 

I’m not much of a political activist but I respect people that work against police brutality and homophobia.  Doing work and housing battered women is pretty important too. And when is someone going to stop these rich, white assholes that keep hunting elephants and giraffes. Put these jerks in their place. Organize!

 

What are 3 things that you’ve taken in or made into a daily habit that encourages you to kick more ass throughout your day?

 

I make a point to be polite and nice to everyone I meet unless they are rude and provoke me. I will shake anyone’s hand and look them in the eye. It’s also important for me to communicate daily with people that ask questions about the movie or express interest. I do not have a rock star attitude.

 

If more people wanted to learn more about you guys and your art where would you encourage them to go?

Peep my website www.rustbelthammer.com and holla at me on the Destroy Cleveland Instagram. Also doing the twitter thing @mchomelesstwit . Cant forgetwww.facebook.com/destroyclevo and get event tickets for the July 24th premier here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/destroy-cleveland-movie-premiere-tickets-16392550560?action_type_map=%5B%22og.shares%22%5D&action_object_map=%5B823706787704440%5D&fb_action_types=og.shares&fb_source=other_multiline&fb_action_ids=10103326972637194&action_ref_map

And finally are there any shout-outs that you’d like to give anyone at this time?

 

Jorge Matthew Delrosa and Colby Grimes are my partners in this film. I can’t thank them enough for helping my achieve my dream. I do all the interviews and I’m the public face but they bust their asses daily and want to help make this the most incredible project possible.

Matt

Renowned Artist DEREK HESS Releases First Trailer for the Long-Awaited Documentary “FORCED PERSPECTIVE”, the Life of Artist DEREK HESS

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Derek Hess - Forced Perspective

“Forced Perspective” is a documentary film showcasing the life of artist DEREK HESS directed by Nick Cavalier. The film illuminates Derek’s struggle with alcoholism, bipolar disorder, depression and watches him triumph over his personal demons while showing how these experiences help shape his artwork. From Derek’s early flyer work and celebrated sketches to his elaborate mixed media pieces, this film showcases the evolution of Derek’s art and the emotional ripples it leaves behind in the world.

 

“Forced Perspective” is now in post-production and is expected to be released in 2015.

 

Take a first look at “Forced Perspective”here:https://vimeo.com/93108390

 

Check out some stills from the “Forced Perspective” here, as well.

 

You can follow the film:

http://derekhess.com

http://forcedperspectivefilm.com/

 

Donate to “Forced Perspective” here: http://forcedperspectivefilm.com/contribute/

MORE INFORMATION ON DEREK HESS:

Derek Hess’s work has been recognized in both the music and art world for over 20 years. Hess began creating promo flyers for shows in Cleveland, that soon gained the attention of a multitude of bands as well as the Grammy Museum, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Louvre in Paris where he is part of the permanent collections. In addition to countless cd covers and gallery shows all over the world, he has been featured on TLC, MTV, Fuse, VH1, Alternative Press, Newsweek and Juxtapoz to name a few.

 

The Place Beyond the Pines

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The Place Beyond the Pines

About thirty minutes into The Place Beyond The Pines, my wife was perusing facebook on her phone and I was out of excuses to keep us engaged in watching the film. Not to say the plot was dull or that the acting was bad, in fact, both were interesting, but the pacing was so slow, it was hard not to drift.

Then, without warning, the movie throws a few curveballs and the plot kicks in to high gear.

Ryan Gosling plays Luke, a traveling stunt motorcyclist (I swear this isn’t Driver 2) who finds out a woman he had a fling with a few summers back has given birth to his child. Luke quits his job to stay local and become a father figure for the boy. Unfortunately, the child’s mother, played by Eva Mendes, has moved on with her life and now lives with her boyfriend, who has no interest in allowing Luke to come around. The down on his luck motorcyclist turns to robbing banks, using his riding skills, after meeting an unlikely partner in town.

Enter Avery, an ambitious cop looking to climb the ladder on the force and beyond, who sets his sights on chasing down the motorcycle-riding bank robber. The cop is played by Bradley Cooper who doesn’t appear until over 40 minutes into the film. His portrayal of a beat cop anxious to be out of his father’s far-reaching shadow helps glue the film together. Especially the way he handles a run-in with a powerful detective, played by Ray Liotta.

As the film played out, and we grew more invested, I wondered why the beginning had been dragged out so long when there was so much more story to tell. The film jumps ahead several years, as a second generation of characters continue to feel and live with the consequences of a single bank robbery gone wrong.

To no one’s surprise, I enjoyed the film’s soundtrack, provided by Mike Patton, but I felt the droning, ambience of the music exaggerated the tempo at the beginning of the film. The dark intensity serves the film much better as the action grows.

The Place Beyond The Pines has a few twists and turns in the second half of the film to keep you on the edge of your seat, and as a parent, I was left wondering just how far I would be willing to go to protect my children.

 

Thor: The Dark World

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Thor 2: The Dark World

For all of the money and effort that went into making the sequel to the surprise hit of the Marvel universe, Thor, you would think they would have worked out some basic kinks before releasing the movie.

Marvel/Disney have done a bang up job over the past 6 years launching what they call Phase One of a series of connected films all based around the massive blockbuster, “The Avengers”. Now, as they launch Phase Two, the pressure is on to not only match the quality and ticket sales as the previous phase, but to also build upon those numbers to assure a third phase of the rapidly growing list of comics turning into movies. So why they allowed some easily corrected mistakes/plot points to slip through on “Thor 2: The Dark World” is a head scratcher.

Before I go into the errors, (as I see them) I want to mention what a great film, cast, plot, teaser this movie is. In my opinion, there has been no other character to emerge with more popularity and met with more enthusiasm than Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, who has appeared in “Thor”, “The Avengers”, and now, “Thor: The Dark World” after initially only being slated for one film. He, once again, steals just about every scene he is in, even when relegated for the first half of the film in a small cage with little to do. Most of the cast from the first film return, with one noticeable change being the recasting of Zachary Levi as Fandral. Apparently, Josh Dallas, was too busy with his tv show “Once” to reprise his role.

So, if I liked the movie, why did I begin the review with negativity? For a fast paced, action packed movie such as this, keeping the audience grounded and the timeline clear is important and this film lacks in both of those departments. At the beginning of the film, we are given a prologue with a lot of info, which while important is all repeated more than once throughout the rest of the movie. The prologue apparently was added just to introduce the villain sooner and give an established actor more screen time. Then, we see a bound Loki facing the closest thing he has had to a father, Odin the king of Asgard, and being banished to prison for his actions in The Avengers. Again, this is a good scene that gives Loki more screen time, but then the very next scene jumps two years in the future with no mention of the jump, making the timeline hard to follow. There are 2 other instances of scenes happening out of order or time, leaving the viewer thinking back on what happened when rather than getting lost in the multi-faceted story.

The action is well-paced, the soundtrack shines, and director Alan Taylor does a great job immersing us more into Asgard than the first film, allowing the viewer to get a feel for life in the distant land. As with the other Marvel films, the credits are peppered with additional scenes to preview other upcoming films, such as this year’s “Captain America” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”. DVD extras include a Marvel One-shot short film about the Mandarin, who was the “villain” in last year’s “Iron Man 3”, a goof reel, a look at the relationship between Thor and Loki and more.

My confidence is still high in the Marvel films, but I hope, as Phase Two continues, they clear up the small details that prevent a good film with some great twists from being remember as a great movie.

 

After Porn Ends

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This documentary plays out just about as expected. Several stars from the porn industry’s past are interviewed in a “Where are they now” fashion. Some have thrived since the camera stopped rolling while others are a mess, most of whom were a mess before the glamour of taped sex entered their lives.

Asia Carerra details leaving the business and finding a small, far away town to blend in, but even there she is recognized from her dirty past. Crissy Moran is a young ex-porn star who left the business for the church in 2006. She has faced criticism from both sides.

Randy West, a male porn star, had some of the most interesting viewpoints on the industry both positive and negative, while also confirming he has slept on camera with over 3,000 women.

The sad and startling section of the film details just how much money can be made by the stars at the top and how unprepared most of them are to deal with it. Several stars, such as Mary Carey and Raylene, look back with vastly different viewpoints on their time in the industry and how it shaped their lives. Both end up back in porn not long after filming their spots for this film.

If you have seen a couple episodes of VH1 “Behind the Music”, you can predict how this film will play out, though most of the actors are easier to look at than Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. After Porn Ends is an interesting concept and a well done film, but it ends without a climax.

 

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