8/31/2010

Exene's 1986 Short Film Bad Day Now Available.


After 24 years in a vault, Exene Cervenka and music video director Modi Frank have made their cowboy satire Bad Day available as a digital download. Viewers can pay whatever they want for the film and a portion of the proceeds will go to Gulf Coast aid organizations.

From the Bad Day
press release:

(LOS ANGELES, CA) - Early Punk goes Cowboy! Before he danced with wolves Academy
Award winning director/actor Kevin Costner made a never before seen western short film that also features legendary X front man John Doe (Great Balls of Fire, Boogie Nights), Grammy Award winner/musician Dave Alvin, and Oscar-winning author of Dances With Wolves, writer Michael Blake.

Filmed in 1986, Bad Day is a 20-minute tribute to the early days of the one-reel, silent
Westerns. Photographed and co-written by the Queen of L.A. Punk, X singer Exene
Cervenka, and directed by award-winning filmmaker and music video director, Modi
Frank, this film also offers an elegant and poignant soundtrack by Grammy Award
winning singer-songwriter Dave Alvin along with X and The Knitters drummer,
D. J. Bonebrake.

Now available for the first time as a digital download, at
baddaymovie.com, viewers
can pay whatever they choose for the download to view Bad Day. A portion of the
proceeds are going to Gulf Coast aid organizations that will help those people directly
affected by this disaster in the Gulf Coast area. Benny Puckett, President of the non-profit
Committee for Plaquemines Recovery (CPR) says, "Bad Day gives us a real opportunity
to help all those people who have been so affected by this oil spill." CPR can be reached
through
cprrebuilds.org.

Bad Day is also a unique partnership between classic black and white film stock and the
digital power of the Internet. The advent of downloading film files for internet distribution
provides the perfect format to release Bad Day, allowing this unusual artistic
collaboration to reach an ever-expanding audience.

Almost 25 years after it was filmed, Exene fondly recalls: "It was a blast to write, envision and then film. We have talented friends, all up for a project, and we froze a moment in history. It was one of the best times Modi and I have ever had."

Modi Frank, director of Bad Day, is known for her groundbreaking music videos such
as "Mountain Song" by Jane's Addiction. Modi's award-winning comedy short films have
been seen at film festivals around the world and her music videos, documentaries and films
have garnered numerous awards. Modi is best known for directing music videos for artists
such as Henry Rollins, Jane's Addiction, L7 and The Smashing Pumpkins.

Made in 1986, Bad Day has never been seen by the public at large. Now, with the advent
of digital downloads, this unusual collection of musicians, A-list actors, Hollywood legends
and award winning literati, can be seen around the world on personal computers in a
classic western tale while viewers can help assist in the recovery of the Gulf Coast from
this recent environmental tragedy.


Photo:
Bad Day The Movie