Director: Suki Hawley & Michael Galinsky
United States, 1999, 85 min
WINNER: Grand Chameleon Award and Best Narrative Feature
Cast:Unai Fresnedo. Katy Petty, Ignacio Fernandez, Thalia edek, Chris Brokaw, Daniel Coughlin, Sean Meadows, Maria Fleischman, Lee Robinson
Crew:Music: Andy & Richard Harrison
Sales:Radiation Pictures, 164 Hall St. Brooklyn, NY 11205
Unai is a cynical Spaniard who books American indie bands up and down the Iberian peninsula. Exhausted and disenchanted, at the tail end of youth, with nothing to show for his years of struggle beyond an empty wallet and a tenacious speed habit, Unai struggles to remember why he got into rock and roll in the first place. Then he meets Mary, an impulsive Lower East Side artist who captivates him with a punk spirit he feels he has lost. He invites her to join his tour, but the enterprise quickly collapses into an all-too-familiar routine of chiseling club owners, shifty speed pushers, and rude patrons. Faced with the prospect of a dead-end life, Unai is forced to make an extreme and desperate decision. Radiation is the second collaboration from Hawley and Galinsky, veterans of the indie-rock world. The film includes appearances and performances by Stereolab, Come, Will Oldham, Two Dollar Guitar and El Inquilino Communista.
About the director
Filmmakers Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky have been collaborating with partner David Beilinson for almost 20 years. Together, they released the documentary Who Took Johnny (Netflix) - included in Art Forum's annual top 10 by John Waters who called it "an amazing, lunatic documentary that will leave you creeped-out, excited and surprised!" Prior, they co-directed the documentary Battle for Brooklyn (DirecTV), which was short-listed for the Academy Award in 2012. Also with Beilinson, they released Horns and Halos (HBO) - their first documentary feature to land on the Academy Award Shortlist. In the '90's, Hawley/Galinsky co-directed the narrative feature Radiation, which premiered at Sundance and went on to play at over 40 international festivals. In 1994, they made Half-Cocked, a film which combines aspects of documentary and classical narrative storytelling. It was praised by critic Manohla Dhargis, who stated, "Together, Hawley and Galinsky know how to make pictures shudder with feeling."