|Sept 16th, 2011
|Profoundly felt, Captain Milkshake is the first dramatic full length feature film to deal with controversial political and cultural issues surrounding the Vietnam War era. Richard Crawford, Emmy award winning producer/ director, filmed the movie in San Diego and Berkeley in 1969 during the War. The story takes the audience back in time through scenes of Crystal Pier, Balboa Park, Vacation Village, La Jolla Cove, and Pacific Beach.
For decades Crawford lost control of his film, through legal entanglements. The film was not shown and only recently Crawford regained all of his rights and now has full control. “Captain has become known as a lost treasure returned to the screen” Crawford exclaimed, “When first released in San Diego and to 150 cities in ‘71, thousands of fans saw it, and now the world is experiencing the film through the Internet and film festivals.”
Recently, international audiences eagerly received Captain Milkshake when screened as a special guest presentation at the Viennale, Rotterdam, and Leeds International Film Festivals. To celebrate “Captain’s” return to San Diego and the film’s 40th anniversary of its release, supporters and fans of “Captain” will be encouraged to wear 60’s attire, and enjoy the live music of retro bands and guest performers.
“What also makes the film interesting is that all the scenes of turmoil of the 60’s I set to the provocative sounds of the then up-and-coming rock bands; The Steve Miller Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe & The Fish, and Kaleidoscope. I am thrilled to be bringing the film back to the San Diego area where it all began for me as a Director and to have the fundraiser support returning Vets. (www.nvtsi.org) ”
The film will screen at 7:00 PM and 9:45 will be followed by a question and answer session with Director Richard Crawford and stars of the film. Tickets can be purchased for $18 at the door. And $15 on line at Captain Milkshake.com. Students with ID and seniors can buy tickets for the 9:45 showing for $10. Part of the admission price will go to benefitting returning Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans. The National Veterans Transition Services and Troops Transition (www.nvtsi.org) organizations will provide “re-entry’ consulting and training so Vets can reintegrate and join the work force again.
Among the celebrity guests in attendance on September 16th will be David Stanley, movie producer and author of Conversations with the King, and step brother to Elvis Presley.