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World Premiere: Waylon Bacon’s Help Wanted

By Mike Everleth ⋅ September 24, 2010

Exterior marquee for Shattuck Cinemas

Sept. 26
6:10 p.m.
Shattuck Cinemas
2230 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704

Hosted by: Berkeley Video and Film Festival

Bay Area underground auteur Waylon Bacon will be debuting his latest magnum opus, Help Wanted, at the 19th annual Berkeley Video and Film Festival. The 20-minute short film will be preceded by three of Bacon’s earlier, shorter works: Poster Boy, Bob and My Worst Nightmare.

Plus: Advance buzz on Help Wanted has been so intense that a second screening has been added for Monday, Sept. 27 at 9:00 p.m. at the Revolution Cafe in San Francisco’s Mission District. If you’re in the Bay Area, make it to one screening or go to both!

Help Wanted follows a young man on an interview for what appears to be the worst job of all time. While the details of that job are being kept secret, let’s just say it involves a warehouse and dead bodies.

This film is Bacon’s most ambitious project yet and the trailer, which you can watch below, shows that it’s filled with the same terrifically disturbing dark humor that he’s brought to his previous films.


The Berkeley Film and Video Festival is running for three days, Sept. 24-26, and is screening a mix of documentaries, feature films and short films. Some interesting-sounding films to keep an eye out for:

Being in the World, dir. Tao Ruspoli
What If Cannabis Cured Cancer, dir. Len Richmond (narrated by Peter Coyote)
Modus Operandi, dir. Frankie Latina (starring Danny Trejo and Mark Borchardt)
A Foundling, dir. Carly Lyn and Colin Barton
Jesus Comes to Town, dir. Kamal John Iskander
Running Away With Blackie, dir. Lucas Garcia (starring Natasha Lyonne)

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