UNDERGROUND USA: INDIE CINEMA OF THE 80s - Deadbeat at Dawn & Diary of a Deadbeat: The Story of Jim Van Bebber (LA PREMIERE!)

Deadbeat at Dawn

In 1988, 21-year-old Jim Van Bebber took his student loan money, dropped out of film school and decided to invest his limited savings (wisely, in our opinion) in a nonstop action-packed gore-and-sex-filled street gang flick, shot on 16mm in the mean streets of Dayton, Ohio. The end result is everything our inner adolescent loves about testosterone-laden movies from the ‘80s, executed with love, skill, and excellence on the tiniest of budgets, done without even a trace of irony. Van Bebber isn’t just a natural filmmaker—starring, writing, directing, and editing—he’s an all-around badass. That’s him up on the screen wielding nunchucks and hurling shurikens with the skill that comes from hours upon hours of front-lawn practice. That’s him risking his life and doing his own crazy stunts (jumping off dams, rappelling down shopping mall parking lots) with the kind of stupidity that only comes with youth—and yes, that’s him giving his emotional all in every scene with true metalhead angst, like a hesher without a cause. Deadbeat at Dawn is our new favorite movie, and we can’t wait for it to be yours.

Dir. Jim Van Bebber, 1988, 80 min.

Diary of a Deadbeat: The Story of Jim Van Bebber

Cinefamily is here to help you delve deeper into Deadbeat, with the LA premiere of the doc that followed the career of infamous Ohio filmmaker Jim Van Bebber, the uncompromising underground director responsible for My Sweet Satan, Manson Family, and of course Deadbeat at Dawn. Made over the course of almost 6 years years, Victor Bonacore’s in-depth doc traces Van Bebber’s journey from his early 8mm short films all the way through to the production of his latest directorial effort, Gator Green, and features Van Bebber’s friends, super fans, and collaborators, alongside interviews with an eclectic group of artists including Phil Anselmo (Pantera), photographer and filmmaker Richard Kern, Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy), Heidi Honeycutt, Damon Packard, RA The Rugged Man, William Hellfire, Jessie Sietz and more.

Dir. Victor Bonacore, 2015, 107 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!