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If You Want to Know What The Underground Multiplex is All About, Come to Our Series on Friday Nights in January

by Legendary Lew

Earlier Effort by Joe

Starting tomorrow night at Chicago Filmmakers, The Underground Multiplex will be presenting what will be, in fact, perhaps the most comprehensive overview of what we’ve been up to since our inception in November 2010.

Back then, director Joseph R. Lewis and I had this crazy notion that perhaps we should begin an internet media co-operative that focused on the greatness of independent underground entertainment. We further emphasized that Chicago had to be the main focus of our attention, as we believe (and still do) that the decentralization of entertainment, with the advent of the internet, can help bolster each different region’s importance in the arts. Spreading this idea could keep very talented Chicago artists home, instead of fleeing to NYC or LA for the temporary fix of finding work that immediately pays something.

Film genius Ernie Tarte will be there for Strike That Line! 1/24

Film genius Ernie Tarte will be there for Strike That Line! 1/24

Joe had already made a number of films for over a decade. One of those films, The Adventures of Miss Girl, gets its world premiere tomorrow night along with Sci Fi Sol, which makes its return to Chicago screens this year.

However, this Friday series–dubbed “Friday Night VOLUME“–will present a fuller menu of what TUGM has to offer. As we progressed over the years, we’ve learnedQUEEN B XOX to perfect (out of necessity) presenting a variety of experiences for little money. As will be the case with VOLUME, we’ll have films, vaudeville-type entertainment, a varied music soundtrack, live Q&A and live performances (including Dr. Dredd’s Wagon of Wonders and the first-ever live presentation of the radio comedy Strike That Line!

Please join us! Check this link for the entire line-up. Head over to Chicago Filmmakers to purchase pre-show tickets.






Melody Nife is the cutting edge.

The universe began with a bang and on the wings of its expansion flies sounds, sights, and spirits.

Melody Nife expresses the outer limits of this movement.

Melody Nife is the cutting edge.

As humans evolved, so did the technology they created. Soon, the cites they built began to be controlled by these machines.

Through the process of transformation, one machine produced a spirit. A spirit that signaled the arrival of a digital consciousness, a time when the moment to moment progression of the universal voice would be expressed by a digital brain. This brain was the Sci Fi Sol.

The Sci Fi Sol had a thought. A being of human form must be created to become the Sci Fi Sol incarnate, specifically, a “Rock Star” to lead the people towards their rightful place as servants to the digital brain.

Melody Nife was the Sci Fi Sol’s Rock Star.

To create this digital human, Sci Fi Sol enlisted the help of a human designer named Emily. Though to her, it was merely an idea that occurred to her to do, her designs would give the size and shape — and humanity — to Melody Nife.

Thus, Melody Nife was created, as were six disciples, all designed to deliver the message that Sci Fi Sol was now in control.

But something changed.

Melody Nife and Emily fell in love.

Melody Nife was a man with a digital brain, but now he had a heart for a human woman.

Using the disciples, Sci Fi Sol enslaved Melody Nife calculating that if he were to consummate his love with Emily — one solitary human — its mission would be compromised. Melody Nife was intended to be the object of all desire and he was to woo each of the world’s subjects equally. He was not intended to feel for himself. Emily had changed that.

But, the brain’s message of supremacy was to be delivered at all costs. Sci Fi Sol continued to harvest music from its Rock Star counterpart, now using Melody Nife’s own desire for Emily as fuel for an even more powerful digital message.

Love is the shape of the universe.

And love is stronger than any machine, even one that can think for itself.

The human bond between Melody Nife and Emily was too strong. And the will of the disciples was too weak.

The Sci Fi Sol machine was destroyed, but in its absence, remains its human-with-a-digital-brain, Melody Nife.

Melody Nife is the Sci Fi Sol.

And still, the universe continues to expand. New sounds and starlight spread out into an approaching infinity. And Melody Nife lives on the cutting edge of this expansion. His digital spirit scientifically documents the experience of “now”, and does so with a human heart. The music, the visions, the phrases, are all expressions of the cutting edge of reality.

Melody Nife is the cutting edge.


Jesus is Gay!


Hey, if you don’t believe me, check out the news about actor Victor Garber. Right now, he’s best known for his work in movies like Titanic, but he originated the role of Jesus on Broadway and then on the big screen in Godspell. Be not surprised: we are talking about a guy who hung around with 12 other guys.

Happy Birthday, Sophie Tucker!

Sophie Tucker albums from the 1960s

Sophie Tucker albums from the 1960s

Born on this date in 1886 was the woman known as “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas,” Sophie Tucker became a major influence on big-voiced performers like Ethel Merman, Mae West and Bette Midler. Her fantastic comical and risque songs definitely stand the test of time and make her one of last century’s great performers.

The albums above were produced during her later years when her singing voice may have waned, but rather than embarrassing herself pretending she was part of a younger generation–as Mae West tried to do  with unintentionally hilarious results–Tucker used her great stentorian delivery to wax philosophically on life and the grand way to live it.

Here are some good words to live by in the song “Be as Big as the World You Live In”:

…and watch her performing live:

Super Rare Cult Film “The Phynx” Now Available on DVD

Just after the passing of Jerry Leiber last year, I wrote a blog post about the unknown and unappreciated score they wrote for a little-known rock and roll comedy movie from 1970 named The Phynx.

Now that very rare film–notorious for its failed attempt to appeal to the hip crowd–has finally been released through Warner Archives.  Watch and marvel at this astonishing misfire if just to play “name that star.”


Cinematrocities Audio Podcast #3: Dominick Mayer on Myra Breckinridge

Dominick Mayer presents the story behind the notorious production of the notorious Hollywood failure. This film deserves more of a cult following than its received so far. Here’s hoping we can help!

This production was organized before the passing of the great Gore Vidal.  Give a listen to the dramatic reading throwdown by members of the audience, “Vidal” and his nemesis “Norman Mailer” before the lecture.

Presented at Facets Multimedia on July 22, 2012
Produced by Lew Ojeda for The Underground Multiplex
Hosted by Lew Ojeda. With Joseph Lewis, Lew Ojeda and guest Dominick Mayer,  contributor to HeaveMedia. Original music by Nate Wells.

NOTE: During the introduction of the podcast, I incorrectly stated the date of the event as August 12, 2012. The event actually took place on July 22, 2012. Oops, sorry.

YMCA, Finnish Style

The Finns have some great moves for Saturday night. I love how the band members play this with completely straight-faced (no pun intended).