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pogo2posterFINAL2The Last Pogo Jumps Again studies the evolution of Toronto from small town to big city and it’s pop/counter-culture lifestyle during the early and mid-70s.  It centers around the first wave of Toronto punk rock and new-wave music, from the Ramones playing the New Yorker Theatre in ’76 through the police shutting down Teenage Head and causing a riot at the Horseshoe Tavern’s infamous “The Last Pogo” concert in December 1978.

London had the Sex Pistols, New York had the Ramones, but Toronto had a punk movement all it’s own.  The Toronto landscape by the late ’70s was forever changed with the infusion of the DIY/Punk/Alternative Culture(s) movement.  Six years in the making, The Last Pogo Jumps Again successfully explores the whys and wherefores of what was arguably one of the most exciting but misunderstood movements in Toronto’s history.

The DVD contains the 204 minute documentary, plus over a 100 minutes of added material, and a snazzy 24-page booklet.  Check the Shop for details on where you can purchase it.

The Last Pogo (1978) is the documentary that chronicled the last punk rock show at the Horseshoe Tavern when it was run by legendary Toronto promoters The Garys (Topp and Cormier) featuring The Scenics, Cardboard Brains, The Secrets, The Mods, The Ugly, The Viletones and Teenage Head. The Last Pogo was released on DVD in 2008 to great reviews.  Available at the Shop.

From Bucket List to Fuck It List

The Pogo Department of Propaganda is getting a trailer made for our film.  Award-winning editor Trevor Ambrose (Saturday Night Live, Good God, Stepping Razor Red X) is going to get his hands dirty over the next little while, and we’ll create a link to it when it’s done.

Detail from Tremble’s cartoon review of The Last Pogo from the DVD release in 2008.

Meanwhile, in Montreal (host of Expo ’67 and relentless student protesting) artist Rick Trembles is starting to put pen to paper to create the poster for our film.  We don’t want to give it away, but yes, it will be awesome (or, if you’re Quebecois, “l’awesome.”)

It would have been cool had we been able to have everything done by next Wednesday, June 6 — because then it would have been exactly six years since we started shooting this epic.   But like they say:  “Fast, good and cheap — you can’t have all three.”   We had no choice but to go cheap (no broadcast deal or investment to help the financing, because really — you want some broadcast exec giving you “ideas?”) and we aimed for good — so we couldn’t do fast as well.  Although, to be fair, six years is kind of excessive, but whaddya do?

Richard Hickock and Perry Smith:  two personalities that created a monstrous third personality.

Another film phrase we’re fond of and that’s relevant, are the six most expensive words in film and TV:  “You know what’d be really cool?!”   Frankly, we thought we’d wrapped shooting a few years ago, but then one of filmmakers Brunton and Paputts would utter those words, and off they’d go to shoot some more.  It was sort of like an analysis made by Truman Capote regarding the characters in his book In Cold Blood:  the killers on their own couldn’t have done this, but together they created a third character that could.

As the film progressed from year to year, we would be able to knock off things from our Bucket List  (SCTV footage, 600+ photographs, CBC audio of The Ugly’s Mike Nightmare amongst others) and a very few others, after hard battles (Ramones music rights) went straight to the Fuck It List.   Some items took almost a year to get permission and clear, others just a daily grind, tracking down rights, contacting owners, moving paperwork.  But we were relentless, and got 99 44/100% of the stuff we wanted.

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