“Go Ahead, Punk…

OK, here’s the movie pitch: Take one part fetish vixen Rubberdoll. One part 600-plus-pound professional wrestler Maximum Capacity. Top with a floater of creepy, ghetto bass purveyor Otto Von Schirach, a splash of Miami promoter Notorious Nastie, and garnish with the TM Sisters, Ted Vernon, and Sweat Records, then serve ice cold all across the Design District, and what do you get? It’s local filmmaker Aiden Dillard’s magnum opus, Death Print! And a preview screening is headed to Sweat Records tonight at 9 p.m., sucker!

The ridiculously camp film is essentially an homage to classic, grindhouse-style action flicks like the Death Wish series. Only in this case, a grizzled Charles Bronson has been replaced by a cast of characters that could only be born out of Miami’s most unique subcultures. Dillard, who recently screened his last Miami-based film Special Angelz at the Borscht Film Fest, wanted to create a blood-and-guts heavy shoot ’em up that would pay tribute to the local art and music scenes at the same time. The film ramps up when Ted Vernon’s daughter is murdered by mysterious, Communist photographer Arthur Basel (Nastie). In his quest for revenge, Vernon enlists the help of Detectives Rubberdoll and Phlem (Maximum Capacity), who tangle with synchronized swimming vampires, kooky art dealers, and crazed club heads in order to find the killer.

Tonight’s screening will showcase the first 40 minutes of the camp-fest, plus an additional set of scenes from throughout the film. The screening is free - just show up at Sweat Records, located at 5505 NE 2nd Ave. in Miami. Visit aidendillard.com for more info.

Photo by Sonya Revell.
Wed., Jan. 21, 9 p.m., 2009

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