UNDERGROUND USA: INDIE CINEMA OF THE 80s - Border Radio (w/ Allison Anders in person!)

Live Set by DJ Totally Abuse

Allison Anders, along with Dean Lent and Kurt Voss—all recent UCLA grads at the time—hit the ground running with their first feature, the DIY and Criterion-collected Border Radio. A men-on-the-run cum post-punk diary, it’s a gritty black and white film, all bright sunlight and desert, California and Mexico, rockers and clubs, and features the music of the The Flesh Eaters, Green on Red, John Doe, The Divine Horsemen, X, and The Blasters. Semi-improvised and with a palpable documentary feel, Border Radio was made by filmmakers young and passionate enough to create a visually seductive and energetic film with a minuscule budget, over the course of 4 long years—in other words, they were just impractical enough to make a treasure of 80s independent film.

Dir. Allison Anders & Dean Lent & Kurt Voss, 1987, 35mm, 87 min.

Watch the trailer!