“Night Flight: Born Again”: Stuart Shapiro will be on hand for a Q&A at PhilaMOCA, on Friday, April 21st

By on April 18, 2017

Night Flight continues our celebrations based around our release of the Night Flight Plus subscription channel with another special screening of Night Flight: Born Again, the nearly 90-minute big-screen tribute to what VH1 called “the single greatest rock omnibus program ever aired” and Brooklyn Vegan named “the most consistently weird and awesome thing on cable television in the ’80s.”

As part of the 2017 Cinedelphia Film Festival festivities, Night Flight’s founder/creator Stuart Shapiro will once again be on hand to for a pre-screening Q&A and discussion regarding the history of Night Flight.

It all takes place this Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm (doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime) at PhilaMOCA, located at 531 North 12th St., Philadelphia, PA 19123.

The cost: $12 admission, no refunds or exchanges. Go here for more details.

Please visit our special Facebook event page for more details, and please let us know if you’ll be there too.

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Join us for the special big-screen tribute to the most radically fun, nostalgically cranium-bursting television program of all time. An ecstatic assault featuring some the weirdest and wildest Night Flight moments of all time!

Featured in the collage-style documentary — an official selection of the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2008 — are a diverse variety of familiar names who appeared on our 80s TV show, which was broadcast on the USA Network, including newly restored segments on Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music, Kate Bush, Black Flag, The Cure, David Lynch, Night Flight’s very own Larry Hankin and much more!

Night Flight: Born Again also features popular appearances by B.B. King, Devo, Divine, Frank Zappa, Grace Jones, KISS, Lou Reed, Malcolm McLaren, Meat Loaf, Ozzy Osbourne, Wendy O. Williams, along with “New Wave Theatre“‘s Peter Ivers and special taped performances by Angry Samoans, D.I., Fear, Gun Club and Nervous Gender, along with classic video from All You Need Is Love, “Queen: Under Review 1973-1980” and much more!

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Housed in the historic Finney & Son building, a former showroom for mausoleums that dates back to 1865, The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA) is a multipurpose art space that proudly showcases the best in underground, alternative, and DIY culture with a concentration on film and performance.

Read more about PhilaMOCA and Cinedelphia Film Festival 5, being held from April 13-29, 2017.

Check out the PhilaMOCA event calendar here.

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Over at Night Flight Plus, we’re offering up original uncut air masters of Night Flight programming from the video vaults of the 1980s TV show, as well as an extensive library of entertainment from our partners MVD, Wild East’s spaghetti western films, and much more to come!

Night Flight Plus features a library of original content that has not been broadcast for over 30 years. Subscribers can revisit original episodes of “Night Flight” transferred from the original USA Network air masters with exclusive interviews and specials, including features like the four-hour 1983 New Year’s Special and Best of New Wave Theatre.

The goal of Night Flight Plus is to resurrect the editorial spirit of Night Flight with the same original curatorial edge they had in the ’80s for a new generation. This time around Night Flight’s special brew will be available anytime, anywhere, not just 3 A.M. in 1984.

Night Flight Plus is now streaming via its premium subscription service, currently available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast devices.

A subscription to Night Flight Plus runs $2.99 a month or $29.99 for the year.

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“If the name doesn’t ring a bell, you missed something amazing. From 1981-88, during the weekend’s wee hours, the USA cable network aired NIGHT FLIGHT, a four hour block of weirdo-culture programming that often defied easy categorization. Random bumps were culled from the most shocking scenes from John Waters films and strange old out-of-copyright cartoons, music from the backroads of post-punk subcultures was given a fair hearing—including but not limited to the late Peter Ivers’ incredible New Wave Theatre, profiles of outré performers were produced, and cult movies were aired in their entirety, including the punk documentary Another State of Mind (Who would have guessed back then that not only would Social Distortion be a band forever, but that they’d become SO HORRIBLE?), the not-to-be-missed proto-Riot Grrrl satire/drama Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains and The Clash’s classic Rude Boy. For that era’s weird kids who lived in flyover country, without access to the coasts’ record stores, clubs, and cinematheques, that basic cable freakshow was manna from heaven.” (Dangerous Minds)

“NIGHT FLIGHT—fuzzily remembered by ’80s punks who tuned in after stumbling home from shows, or, if you’re a little bit younger and had no boundaries, watched all night long at a Saturday night sleepover—represents the golden age of basic cable television. The variety program ran overnight on Fridays and Saturdays on the USA Network, and featured music videos, short films, documentaries, and animation like Bambi Meets Godzilla and Mr. Bill. And with MTV still in its infancy, Night Flight was the place to catch all the coolest punk and New Wave music videos. It was intended as “a beacon of fresh cutting-edge entertainment that was just not available anywhere on TV,” according to show creator Stuart S. Shapiro.” (AV Club)

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Night Flight Merch Arrives!

Now you can buy the Official Night Flight T-shirt, produced with the original logo, and overseen by Night Flight creator Stuart S. Shapiro.

The logo was printed using simulated process screen printing and looks amazing on the premium next level cut.

Head over to the new Night Flight Store to pick one up today.

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