Monday, April 15, 7:30 + 10:00 PM
Where In The Hell Is The Lavender House? The Longmont Potion Castle Story
(Dir. David Hall + Thomas Rotenberg, 2018, USA/Canada, 95 min)
* BOTH SCREENINGS ARE SOLD OUT!
Filmmakers in attendance plus subject LPC via satellite!
An unpaid camera operator is left to finish the film a bumbling pair of filmmakers attempt to make about the greatest anonymous phone-work artist of all time – Longmont Potion Castle.
Featuring interviews with Rainn Wilson, Andrew Bujalski, Pissed Jeans, Municipal Waste, NBS Electronics, Twist and Shout, Pig Destroyer, Weyes Blood, Cattle Decapitation, Pinback, and a variety of hard-core fans, Where In The Hell Is The Lavender House: The Longmont Potion Castle Story, peeks behind the curtain of America’s Underground Prank Call King, and documents a film doomed to fail from the beginning.
About Longmont Potion Castle:
The LA Record describes Longmont Potion Castle’s albums as unlike those that most people associate with prank telephone calls, citing that his demeanor is nothing at all like that of The Jerky Boys and Crank Yankers and is actually closer to that of the alternative comedian Neil Hamburger.In a review from the Denver Westword, LPC’s recordings are described as advancing “absurdity as an art form.”
The anonymous artist has himself described the albums he has made as “phone work” or “absurdist” art rather than the less sophisticated label of “prank phone calls”, and has also said, “They may be dumb, but they’re not stupid”. Those on the receiving end of a Longmont Potion Castle call are often left confused and/or extremely angry, as the calls frequently involve complaints about noise, requests for money or offers to “whoop” somebody. However his calls are rarely very mean-spirited in nature. His recordings combine prank calls with sound collages and his own musical compositions, the majority of which are thrash metal instrumentals. Occasionally, Longmont Potion Castle filters his voice through a Digitech RDS 8000 rack-mounted digital delay unit to produce odd sound effects, thus making whoever he has called even more confused.
In 2006, Longmont Potion Castle announced his retirement. In an interview with The Nerve Magazine, he explained that the box set Longbox Option Package would be the final LPC release. However, in 2008 he released a new CD, Longmont Potion Castle Volume 6. In 2009, he released Volume 7 (not to be confused with his 2005 album of the same name released as a part of the Longbox Option Package box set, a disc that contained only thrash metal music). The album featured several celebrity calls, including ones to singer Eddie Money, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, and guitarist Rick Derringer. January 2011 saw the release of LPC 8, in which the artist primarily used Skype on a laptop computer to record the calls.