‘Desolation Center’ Screening at the CIA Cinematheque

With support from the GCFC and My Mind’s Eye Records, the Cleveland Cinematheque will show Desolation Center on Saturday, November 16th, and Monday, November 18th!


The previously untold story of a series of Reagan-era guerrilla music and art performance happenings that inspired Burning Man, Lollapalooza, and Coachella. With rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minuteman, Meat Puppets, Swans, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Savage Republic and more.

Directed by Stuart Swezey, the creator and principal organizer of these unique events,

Desolation Center demonstrates how the risky, and at times even reckless, actions of a few outsiders can unintentionally lead to seismic cultural shifts. Combining Swezey’s exclusive access to never-before-seen archival video, live audio recordings, and stills woven together with new cinematically shot interviews, verité footage and animated sequences, Desolation Center captures the spirit of the turbulent times from which these events emerged.


Saturday, November 16th
9:20 PM

Monday, November 18th
8:30 PM


The Cleveland Institute of Art: Cinematheque – Peter B. Lewis Theater
11610 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106

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Desolation Center has been featured at film festivals all across the country, including the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.