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From Jon Reiss:
Three of my Survival Research Laboratories films are screening today at the Vera Club in the Netherlands. The club is in Gronigen – of which I have very fond memories when I toured with Target Video – showing our punk rock documentaries all over Europe – Groningen has always had a vibrant and intense alt scene. And I’ve also had a soft spot for The Netherlands in general – as the site of the first SRL European tour which is documented in The Will to Provoke – I was able to spend 3 months in Amsterdam editing that film. All three of the films were shot in the 1980s with Mark Pauline and other members of Survival Research Laboratories A SCENIC HARVEST FROM THE KINGDOM OF PAIN, the film that also features Monte Cazazza who recently pasted away, was filmed 1984 and it was my first solo endeavor post Target. A BITTER MESSAGE OF HOPELESS GRIEF, 1988 the first and only fiction film with SRL and aforementioned THE WILL TO PROVOKE: AN ACCOUNT OF FANTASTIC SCHEMES FOR INITIATING SOCIAL IMPROVEMENTS, 1989, all screening at 8:00 pm – tonight. @markpauline5 @survivalresearchlabs #survivalresearchlabs #markpauline #machineart #machinelearning #netherlands #srl

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Crew at SRL HQ

SRL crew stop by the shop in Petaluma every once in a while. Shooting the shit with Mark Pauline, Karen Marcelo and David Therrien – crazy stories

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RIP Monte Cazazza

From Jon Reiss:
Sad to say goodbye to Monte Cazazza who I got to know pretty well in San Francisco in the early 80s while making documentaries of @survivalresearchlabs. He had an incredibly sharp wit, had unique perspectives on the world and was a pioneer of industrial music collaborating with #factrix and #throbbinggristle and others – even coining the phrase “industrial music for industrial people”. He was nice enough to let me use his classic song #stairwaytohell for the opening sequence of my first directing project “A Scenic Harvest From the Kingdom of Pain” – a performance documentary of three SRL performances for 1983-1984 (yikes – 40 years ago note the old school chryon titles). I cut together a little Stairway to Hell tribute to Monte here from that film – focusing on the first performance which amoung other machines features a machine that @markpauline5 made and named after Monte’s song which Monte operated during the performance. You get a sense of him even in this tiny clip. RIP Monte 6/29/23

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