An Evening With Producer Rock Demers (feat. "The Peanut Butter Solution")

Montreal-based impresario Rock Demers is the Walt Disney of Canada: starting in the ‘60s, he was the largest indie distributor of kids’ films in North America — and in the ‘80s, he produced the long-running “Tales For All” film series, featuring The Peanut Butter Solution: one of our favorite unusual childrens’ films ever created. Flying in just for this show, Rock joins us for an evening of engrossing tales from the kid biz, followed by a 35mm show of Peanut Butter. Plus, author Kier-la Janisse (“House of Psychotic Women”) will be in the house to present her newest book: “Kid Power”, the hot-off-the-press anthology on child empowerment in classic film and TV (featuring an interview with Rock by Cinefamily’s own Bret Berg.)

During its late-’80s appearances on HBO and home video, The Peanut Butter Solution permanently imprinted a trail of indelible, surrealistic images onto the minds of an entire generation of young’uns. This mind-melting Canadian feature is easily one of the most dark and unique childrens’ films ever produced — and we’ve seen enough of them over the years to say that with pure confidence. It’s so strange that, at first glance, its origins must be beyond explanation — until you find out that it was directed by Mark Rubbo (leftist political documentarian and official village painter of Quebec’s Morin Heights), and co-written by Vojtech Jasny (one of the most creative filmic luminaries from the ‘60s Czech New Wave.) After 11-year-old Michael loses all his hair from peeking inside a burned-down hobo squat, the ghosts of two bums teach him a secret hair-regeneration formula. But when Michael screws up the recipe, his hair starts growing…and growing…and growing. As crazy as this “puberty panic” scenario sounds, it doesn’t even begin to describe the madness that is The Peanut Butter Solution.
Dir. Michael Rubbo, 1985, 35mm, 94 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Peanut Butter Solution”!