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Epsilon Spires

HEAD: Anti-Establishment Cult-Classic by The Monkees

At the height of their popularity The Monkees teamed up with Jack Nicholson to film a no-holds-barred critique of fame and perception, destroying their careers in the process. HEAD (1968) is a kaleidoscopic satire that shatters the 4th-wall to mock War, America, Hollywood, and The Monkees themselves

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HEAD: Anti-Establishment Cult-Classic by The Monkees
HEAD: Anti-Establishment Cult-Classic by The Monkees

Time & Location

Apr 29, 2023, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA

About the event

Join us for the 4th Summer Season of transforming the Epsilon Spires parking lot into an outdoor cinema! Picture a picnic under the stars with your friends where you are entertained by innovative films projected on the big screen. Our Backlot Cinema programming celebrates cinema past and present, both popular and experimental, highlighting diverse creative voices from around the world.

HEAD (1968)

"In my opinion, the most punk movie ever made. An anti-establishment deconstruction of the film medium made by the band whose music purportedly outsold The Beatles and Rolling Stones the year this was released. The Monkees (and Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson) blow up their fame and fanbase after the end of their TV show, and ride off into the sunset... In a series of vignettes and musical interludes The Monkees traipse through various film genres, backlots, and extended non sequiturs as they are nominally pursued and eventually caught by the movies' big bad (Victure Mature). Keep an eye out for Dennis Hopper, Annette Funicello, Frank Zappa, Sonny Liston, Timothy Carey, Toni Basil, Teri Garr, and Nicholson himself." -Curator George Schmalz

George Schmalz Bio

A film industry veteran of over 20 years, George Schmalz has worked in production (Kovarova, Wormwood Films); exhibition (Landmark Theatres); streaming (Sundance Now, Shudder); crowdfunding (Kickstarter); crowd engagement (Gathr); programming (the dearly departed Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club); and distribution (Oscilloscope Laboratories, Metrograph Pictures, Dekanalog, and now - Kino Lorber).


"Without particularly meaning to be, and without resorting to cliches about acid or flower power, Head is an almost perfect snapshot of the state of the counter-culture in 1968. Angry, questioning, willing to tear down the old niceties to make way for something more complicated, sitting uneasily in the doorway to a darker world."- Petra Mayer, NPR

"In their first and only film, The Monkees aimed to break out of their made-for-TV personas and ended up calling the entirety of reality into question." -Breanna McCan, Split Tooth Media

"One of the weirdest and best rock movies ever made, and a harbinger of the so-called New Hollywood. Quentin Tarantino and Edgar Wright are both fans. DJ Shadow and Saint Etienne have sampled its dialogue. According to director Bob Rafelson, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones both requested private screenings, while Thomas Pynchon attended a screening disguised as a plumber."-Dorian Lynskey, The Guardian

A note about seating in The Backlot Cinema: We encourage our guests to come as if to a picnic – so please bring your own blankets, cushions or folding chairs – you want to be comfortable so bring all the coziness you need! Restrooms provided. In the case of rain or low temperature this event will be moved indoors into our Sanctuary.


  • Head: The Monkees (1968)

    Backlot Cinema Ticket Admission for one to HEAD: The Monkees Break-up with Pop Culture. Please bring a folding chair, pillows or whatever would make you most comfortable and choose your seating with respect for others. Let us know if you require special arrangements. $2 from every ticket goes directly towards the historic preservation of the venue. Thank you for your support! Popcorn and refreshments are provided. Enjoy the program!

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  • Sliding-Scale Ticket

    Tickets for this event are $12. Thanks to a generous grant from the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, subsidized sliding-scale tickets are available for those who self-identify as experiencing financial hardship. In order to make this program accessible for all, we are offering tickets by sliding scale. Taking equity and inclusion into account, please pay what you can to help support the artists and venue

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    I would like to add a donation to my ticket to express my support and appreciation of the adventurous and intellectually-engaging programs at Epsilon Spires. Thank you & keep up the good work!

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