Support Your Local Celebrity!

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.

(All apologies to my good friend SteadyB of Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa, as I shamelessly jacked the title and theme of this post from her recurring feature.)


2 Responses to “Support Your Local Celebrity!”

  1. February 6, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    I think I went to a WPFS screening of old Saturday morning Kroft TV shows years ago — in the pre-DVD, pre-You Tube era. It was a lot of fun.

    Michael Weldon, of the original Psychotronic Encyclopedia and the orig. Psychotronic magazine (R.I.P.), retired to Chincoteague Island and runs a film gift shop-sort of thing there.

  2. 2 steadyb
    February 6, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    my pleasure…i’m sure your local celebrities are actually worth the mention.

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