Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Remember the new Catalyst movie I blogged about a while back? It's now set to have its World Premiere at (where else?) the Catalyst on Friday, May 6, the big-ticket event on Day 2 of the Santa Cruz Film Festival.

This historical rock doc on perhaps the most venerable music venue in town has been cobbled together from 40 years of archive concert footage and interviews by producer Dean Newbury and filmmaker/ photographer/archivist Michèle Benson. Hoping to capture the funky-hip spirit envisioned by owner and founder, the late Randall Kane, the film features concert footage of Neil Young, the Doobie Brothers, Patti Smith, Huey Lewis and the News, Ry Cooder, The Tubes, The Call, and many, many more.

As an extra added attraction, the premiere of The Catalyst movie will be followed by a live performance by the reconstituted SNAIL, one of Santa Cruz's all-time favorite bands, featuring Bob O'Neill, Ken Kraft, Bret Bloomfield, and Don Baldwin. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The film screens at 8:30 p.m., after which, SNAIL will commence to rock all night.

Advance tickets are $30 ($35 at the door) and can be purchased online from the Catalyst website, or the SCFF website, or at the Catalyst box office. The first 50 SCFF Passholders will receive a $10 discount off the event ticket price at the Catalyst box office, with proof of 2011 SCFF Festival Pass.

In the meantime, check out the movie's trailer and get in the mood.

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