While lazy historians will talk about MTV as TV’s cultural revolution in the ’80s, they’re wrong. Any cool kid with cable and no bedtime spend the wee hours on the weekend glued to USA’s Night Flight. The show was an amazing mix of unique movies, rare tv specials, documentaries and music videos that MTV didn’t like to show. From 11 p.m. until 7 a.m., viewers were rewarded with a visions that your local broadcaster wouldn’t run. This was a reason to learn how to set the timer on the VCR. After a night at the bars, Night Flight was perfect for lying on the sofa and drinking plenty of water so the next morning won’t be painful. Now the show is back in two ways. A documentary and a streaming service gives you a taste and a steady diet of the video magic. Co-creator Stuart Shapiro will be present at a screening of Night Flight: Born Again in Brooklyn on November 11. Here’s a press release:
Iconic 80’s TV show Night Flight is bringing its special feature film, Night Flight: Born Again to Brooklyn on November 11th to celebrate the opening of Alamo Drafthouse’s new flagship location. There will be Q&A with Night Flight’s original creator, Stuart Shapiro, following the screening.
Born Again is the big-screen tribute to what VH1 called “the single greatest rock omnibus program ever aired” and Brooklyn Vegan named “the most consistently weird and awesome thing on cable television in the ’80s.”
This ‘Best Of’ episode features some of the most memorable moments of Night Flight‘s near-decade long run including restored interviews and segments from Kate Bush, New Wave Theatre, David Lynch, Prince, Wendy O Williams, Divine, Billy Idol, Johnny Rotten, and much more Night Flight treasures from the archive.
Tickets for Born Again are on sale at https://drafthouse.com/nyc/show/night-flight
The Alamo Drafthouse screening coincides with the recent release of Night Flight Plus, a premium subscription channel featuring original episodes of Night Flight and select feature films of the Night Flight DNA. Along with the unique repertoire of original episodes (digitally restored from the 1″ tape masters), Night Flight has worked closely with distributor MVD to add over 400 feature length films in the music documentary, concert, cult and horror genres to the channel. The channel continues to build a library of retro classics with unique acquisitions like the 1950s Gumby series.
Night Flight Plus, helmed by the show’s original creator, is set to resurrect the editorial spirit of Night Flight with the same curatorial edge of the ’80s for a new generation. It can be found in the app store of your Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV devices or right here: nightflightplus.com
Joe Corey is the writer and director of "Danger! Health Films" currently streaming on Night Flight and Amazon Prime. He's the author of "The Seven Secrets of Great Walmart People Greeters." This is the last how to get a job book you'll ever need. He was Associate Producer of the documentary "Moving Midway." He's worked as local crew on several reality shows including Candid Camera, American's Most Wanted, Extreme Makeover Home Edition and ESPN's Gaters. He's been featured on The Today Show and CBS's 48 Hours. Dom DeLuise once said, "Joe, you look like an axe murderer." He was in charge of research and programming at the Moving Image Archive.