Brace yourselves for one of the most resplendent footnotes of rock ‘n’ roll anti-history ever to grace the silver screen. Danny Plotnick’s I’m Not Fascinating: The Movie! chronicles the pointless shenanigans of San Francisco rock ‘n’ roll ne’er-do-wells the Icky Boyfriends and their futile quest for rock stardom. Undaunted by the universal hatred of both their music and their look, the band perseveres, somehow netting themselves a hefty major label contract. But stardom proves elusive as they descend into a world of intrigue, nepotism, consumer research groups, excessive use of caffeine-laden soda pop and murder. Who kills the Ickys? You’ll wish you had!
20 years removed from its world premiere on Valentine’s Day 1996 at The Viper Room in Los Angeles, this film – shot on Super-8 sync sound film stock and precariously held together by splicing tape – has finally been given the deluxe re-release treatment. This new HD transfer is undoubtedly better than the film deserves, but no-budget cinephiles can rest easy knowing that this underground cult classic’s many weirdly beautiful visual flaws are all still ingloriously intact. After its initial release, the movie toured film festivals, rock clubs, art galleries in New Zealand, and even a mortuary in Baltimore. In 1997, it was released on VHS into nationwide distribution where it found a long shelf life in the cult movie sections of many video stores including the now-defunct Tower Video chain. Long out-of-print, the 20th anniversary edition of I’m Not Fascinating: The Movie! is set to indelibly sear the eyeballs of a new generation of underground rock fans, cult film cineastes, jaded thrill seekers, and no-fi ambulance chasers alike.
I’m Not Fascinating is preceded by the following program of shorts:
- Pigs/No Duh, dir. Robert Arnold
- Skate Witches, dir. Danny Plotnick (name-dropped in Vogue! “We’re the Skate Witches and we don’t take no crap from no one!”)
- Bride of Ozzy, dir. Rodney Ascher (Room 237, The Nightmare)
- Spokes for the Wheel of Torment, dir. Syd Garon and Eric Henry
- Ein kleines Glück, Petit bonheur by Adamo
- Pigskin Orgasm, dir. Jennifer & Amber Cluck
- Take Back Your Beaver, dir. Danny Plotnick & Candace Roberts
- Dom Francisco Disco, dir. TV Sheriff
- “Songs for Swinging Larvae” by Renaldo & The Loaf, dir. Graeme Whiffler
“Probably the least likely punk feature ever shot.” – Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film
“A Monkees-meet-Hate-comics slice of cinéma non-vérité.” – SF Weekly
“Move over Magical Mystery Tour, take a seat Tommy. San Francisco’s Icky Boyfriends and Danny Plotnick have topped the semifictional rock-drama genre with their epic I’m Not Fascinating: The Movie! A weirdly beautiful spectacle of self-defeat. An instant classic.” – SF Bay Guardian