Shredder Orpheus in 35mm

Robert McGinley · 1990
90min · 35mm
  • Friday, Aug 25, 2023, 9:00pm
  • Saturday, Aug 26, 2023, 8:30pm
  • Sunday, Aug 27, 2023, 5:30pm


The Greek myth is reimagined as a post-apocalyptic skateboard rock opera in the fourth entry of our Summer in the City film series, SHREDDER ORPHEUS — a low-budget hallucination that drops somewhere between the music video for Devo’s “Whip It,” a Bones Brigade skate tape, and a surrealist art project. The story follows Orpheus (played by writer/director Robert McGinley), a rock star who descends into hell in order to save his kidnapped wife (and the universe) from Satan and his hypnotic TV signals.

The screening on Saturday, August 26th will be followed by a live, in-person Q&A with Robert McGinley!

“Rejected by the Seattle International Film Festival at the time of its release and celebrated with arthouse screenings and an official soundtrack release a decade and a half later, Shredder Orpheus is the independent-as-f*ck retelling of the Orpheus myth set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland created out of stolen locations and shipping containers, narrated by punk poet Steven ‘Jesse’ Bernstein, with a soundtrack composed by Roland Barker.” David Schmader, Filmlandia