Sacrificial Youth

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Feature film from United States, 78 minutes


Screens Friday, February 27, 2015
Screening Block 3: 8pm-11:15pm

Directed by Joe Losurdo
Produced by Joe Losurdo & Christina Tillman
Website http:/

Sacrificial Youth is a Hardcore Punk musical that tells the story of TJ, a teenager caught at the crossroads of Good and Evil. When a multi-national corporation hatches an evil plot of biblical proportions to destroy The Scene, TJ is forced to accept his fate as the chosen one to stand up and fight back.

About the Director

Joe Losurdo is a Chicago-based filmmaker and musician. His first film (along with partner Christina Tillman) was the acclaimed documentary You Weren’t There- A History Of Chicago Punk 1977-1984. For his first narrative feature Sacrificial Youth, Losurdo delved into his teenage years in 80’s hardcore band Life Sentence for inspiration as well as his love/hate relationship with the Rock Musical genre. They are currently working on a documentary about record label and store Wax Trax! Records.

It’s Broadway-meets-Bowery (circa 1981-90) song hybrids simultaneously pay homage to hardcore as an enduring multi-generational phenomenon. Consider it a camping of the punk rock experience with a self-consciously B sci-fi/horror vibe added for effect. If you don’t get it, fuck you! — Nathaniel Lee, Art Forum

Not unlike the subculture being portrayed, this punk musical makes up for its DIY production values with brazen stylistics, shifting heedlessly between genre — from scene to scene, anything from rock-opera fantasy to psychological horror. But beneath all the chaos lies a serious examination of subcultures — both how they function and how they’re compromised. The vibrant colors and incongruous imagery would make Busby Berkeley blush. – Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader


About Winter Film Awards

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. Our Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out. WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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