Building a Broken Mousetrap

Philadelphia Weekly

February 6, 2008

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Building a Broken Mousetrap

Thurs., Feb. 7, 7pm. $5-$7. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 866.468.7619. www.ihousephilly.org

When Dutch punks the Ex visited New York’s Knitting Factory on the third anniversary of 9/11, the city was feeling more than a little colicky. The ignoramus-packed Republican National Convention had just quit town after steamrollering local civil liberties. The stench of tear gas and fascism lingered. Filmmaker Jem Cohen didn’t think twice about his plans that night. A director who makes documentaries about music as resistance culture, Cohen captured a sonic shitstorm of raw energy on 16 mm stock as the Ex—buzzed by the anger—tore through an incendiary set. Cohen then interlaced the stage action with footage of the anti-RNC protests to create Building a Broken Mousetrap. It screens with Smells Like Teen Spirit, an eight-minute video of Patti Smith covering the Nirvana classic. Which will, of course, be either the coolest or the crappest thing ever. (Joshua Valocchi)

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