- R.I.P. filmmaker Jonathan Demme, director of “Something Wild,” “Stop Making Sense” & other Night Flight faves
- Record Store Day, every day: You got it nicer at Licorice Pizza stores in the 70s and early 80s
- “TV Party”: Glenn O’Brien’s weekly late 70s public-access punk cocktail party TV show
- Zinelandia: Night Flight talks with Joe Biel about “$100 & a T-Shirt,” his documentary about zines
- In 1977, Prince appeared on “The Gong Show,” but no one has ever talked about the episode, until now
- The Wu Tang Collection: The weirdest “Ku Fung Theater”-style mostly-Asian action flicks you’ll ever see
- Bullseye! Arrow Films’ exploitation, Italian horror, spaghetti westerns, drive-in sleaze & more, now on Night Flight Plus!
- “Dynaman”: Night Flight’s popular series featured rubber monsters, good looking Japanese teens, silly jokes, and cool pop music!
- “All Dolled Up”: Night Flight’s exclusive interview with director Bob Gruen about his New York Dolls documentary
- “The Gumby Show”: America’s Favorite Clayboy is back again on Night Flight!
Night Flight’s one-time voiceover announcer and hostess Pat Prescott talks with founder/creator Stuart Shapiro
94.7 the Wave’s Morning Show host Pat Prescott — a longtime radio personality whose voice will be instantly recognizable to anyone who remembers her from many years as voiceover announcer on our TV show “Night Flight” – recently interviewed Night Flight creator/ Stuart Shapiro, on Friday, June 24, 2016, which is archived at The Wave’s blog.
“We had some really great times back in those days,” Prescott says at the beginning of the first of four segments archived on the website.
Prescott writes on her blog:
“Back in the early eighties, Stuart Shapiro was distributing concert and cult classic films that were played in midnight screenings that were selling out hundreds of shows in hundreds of dates across the country. Back then, it was the beginning of the cable era and there wasn’t much on at midnight. Stuart, along with his partner Jeff Franklin, went to the USA network to pitch a show using those same films and more. They started with a three month contract for two hours a night and on June 5, 1981, Night Flight was born. Eventually it would grow in popularity and ended up holding an eight hour spot on Friday and Saturday night for 8 years.”
Prescott will join Shapiro on Tuesday June 28th at 7:30pm at The Silent Movie Theater — along with their mutual Night Flight colleague Stuart Samuels, a writer on the show, and Night Flight’s Special Contributor Larry Hankin — for a screening of Night Flight: Born Again, which had been traveling around the country, beginning with screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas.
The evening features an 85-minute retrospective of the show featuring 30 different artists. The film — an official selection of the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2008 — features 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!
As Shapiro says, “The goal is to wake up the brand and let people know that Night flight is back!”
“Working with ‘Night Flight’ was one of the most exciting experiences of my career because of the incredibly talented creative team I was blessed to work with. Back then, there was no censorship so whatever we wanted to put on the air, we did. There was great content and it’s still interesting to see today. Night Flight is curated so you will see some of the best of this ground breaking program.”
Join us on Tuesday, June 28th, 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! See for yourself why VH1 called us “the single greatest rock omnibus program ever aired” and Brooklyn Vegan named us “the most consistently weird and awesome thing on cable television in the ’80s.”
Night Flight: Born Again
With Stuart Shapiro, Stuart Samuels, Pat Prescott and Larry Hankin for a post-screening Q&A
Tuesday June 28, 2016 at 7:30pm
The Cinefamily at The Silent Movie Theatre
611 N. Fairfax Avenue, LA 90036
Tickets –p $12; free for Cinefamily members