Dr Schlock, aka Carl Cephas of the Washington Psychotronic Film Society.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Carl Cephas profiled in this week’s Washingtonian. The WPFS is a bit of an institution in the DC area, and has been spreading knowledge and appreciation of the freakiest, funkiest, sexiest, goofiest cinematic wonders the world has ever seen for over twenty years. Their Tuesday night screenings at the now-defunct Dr. Dremo’s were a weekly ritual for me for several years, and I have many fond memories of watching everything from cult classics to absolute turkeys (and everything in between) while leisurely sipping a pitcher of Blue Moon and downing a heaping plate of nachos. Ichi the Killer, Battle Royale, Wild Zero, Versus, Attack the Gas Station, I Love Maria, Blue Jean Monster, Ebola Virus, Meet the Feebles and the Dungeonmaster (“I reject your reality and substitute my own!”) are just a few of the flicks I saw for the very first time thanks to Carl’s passion for movies. Sadly, the WPFS is without a home at the moment. When Dremo’s closed, they moved to the tiny little restaurant inside of the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse, but that just wasn’t a very good space for screening films. Then they were briefly at the Meeting Place in DC, but neither the clientele nor the management seemed to understand the concept of not screaming drunkenly while people are trying to watch a movie. Carl’s currently vetting new locations in the area, so hopefully it won’t be too long before he updates the WPFS blog with some good news for fans of way-outside-the-mainstream film.