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Feature film from United States, 78 minutes
WINNER – BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Screens Friday, February 27, 2015
Screening Block 3: 8pm-11:15pm
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