Everything is Terrible! Doggie Woggiez and More


Thursday, April 10, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

Filmmakers Commodore Gilgamesh and Ghoul Skool in person

"Bruce Conner for the information age..." — LA Weekly

"If everything is terrible, then nothing is" is the motto of this filmmaking collective, whose pseudonym-loving members make rapid-fire mash-ups from VHS tapes found in thrift stores—forgotten children's shows, religious sermons, no-budget monster movies—to explore the weirdest corners of the American psyche. Leaving little time for reflection, only total submission, its cinema is a kind of psychedelic food poisoning, equally abrasive and hilarious and, in the end, oddly affectionate toward its varied subjects. EIT! presents several shorts and its feature-length masterwork Doggie Woggiez! Poochie Woochiez! (2012)—a remake of Alejandro Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain with a cast of cinematic canines.

2012–14, USA, multiple formats, ca 80 min + discussion

Founded in 2006 Everything is Terrible! (EIT!) is an anonymous video collective dedicated to unearthing the best and worst ever committed to VHS. EIT! mines thrift stores and bargain bins for old VHS tapes and gives them new life in video compilations, live shows, and the group's website. EIT!'s work has been hailed by Wired, Time, The Onion, Chicago Tribune, NPR's All Things Considered, BoingBoing, Buzzfeed, Videogum, Paste, and Jezebel. The CBC deemed the group's site "the best ever."