SOURCE: Mod Explosion Films

September 13, 2005 20:34 ET

Two New Feature Films by Award-Winning Director, Eric Tretbar

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 13, 2005 -- Film director Eric Tretbar, winner of the Berlin Film Fest audience award and Independent Spirit Award nominee, is once again "someone to watch." Tretbar follows up his Berlin Forum-winner, "THE USUAL," and Sundance Channel debut, "SNOW," with two new feature films: "GIGI 12x5" and "THE HORRIBLE FLOWERS." Both films feature hot garage rock soundtracks.

"GIGI 12x5" screens in competition at the 2005 Athens International Film Festival, Tuesday, September 20th, at 9:00 pm. (See: Other attendees will be Daniel Day Lewis and Rebecca Miller, with "THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE," Jim Jarmush's" BROKEN FLOWERS," and Sally Potter's "YES."

"THE HORRIBLE FLOWERS" (now in post-production) stars Emily Cline ("IN THE COMPANY OF MEN"), and Rena Owen ("ONCE WERE WARRIORS," "STAR WARS II," "STAR WARS III"). "THE HORRIBLE FLOWERS" is a rock and roll Orpheus story about a veteran garage band leader who travels to the underworld of her past to resurrect the life and love she left for dead.

"GIGI 12x5" is a romantic comedy about the sexy, summer-mad antics of a Mod record store girl named Gigi. Dumped by her first love, Gigi finds herself alone, faced with questions which her flash wardrobe and '60s Beat ballads can no longer answer. With advice from her music-obsessed friends in the Minneapolis music scene, Gigi's summer gently turns to boys, beers, and bands, as Gigi stumbles through her first heartbreak... while looking great, of course.

The soundtrack features the kind of rare and vintage R&B and current garage music which would meet the exacting taste of "GIGI 12x5's" characters: The Zombies, Thee Milkshakes (Billy Childish), The Pretty Things, The Litter, Babes in Toyland, Demolition Doll Rods, The Devil Dogs, plus Minneapolis greats The Conquerors, The Bridge Club, Howlin' Andy Hound, and The Autumn Leaves.

Explains Tretbar: "'GIGI 12x5' is about the kids at the record store who, like me and my band mates over the years, live, sleep and breathe rock and roll -- especially the throbbing, stomping, slashing variety of raw, unpolished R&B churned out in the '60s and '70s underground -- and still today in the world of Garage Rock, suddenly fashionable with the popularity of bands like The White Stripes. These kids might spend a month's rent on a rare 7" vinyl record, then give it for free to a drummer friend of a touring band -- just because he loved it. This is the spirit of fun and music love I hope to pass on in 'GIGI 12x5's' collection of songs."

"GIGI 12x5" completes "LO-FI," Tretbar's 12-year trilogy of critically acclaimed romantic comedies set in the world-famous Minneapolis music scene. Book-ended by "THE USUAL" and "SNOW," the "LO-FI" trilogy plays like a history of "indie" cinema, moving from affection for French New Wave and Italian Neo-Realism, to the bittersweet romanticism of the '90s, to the color and playful design popularized by the internet boom.

In addition to making films, Tretbar has long been active in the international garage rock scene, drumming with various rock outfits: New York's infamous THE RAT BASTARDS, the storied Minneapolis group, THE SPECTORS, and legendary Mod-Beatists THE FUNSEEKERS whose song, "Welcome to My Love," will soon appear on the new Warner Bros. garage compilation, "CHILDREN OF NUGGETS."

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