Polo. Marco Polo.
Crime Jazz -- remember those words.
Local filmmaker Marco Polo Saldana hopes to establish the term as the name for the genre in which he makes movies. The style he employs in ultra-low-budget thrillers like The Ghetto Was Never Enough derives from the ultra-hip spy and private-eye movies of the 007-knockoff era, tales of snazzy heroes looking impeccable while dodging bullets and babes to the accompaniment of driving, percolating jazz.
Saldana, a Mexico City native who works in Tempe, performs in two bands: Curse of the Pink Hearse, which he variously describes as spy-rockabilly and Spa-ghetto Western, and Acapulco Five-0, which he describes as James Brown in Spanish. His cinematic interests mirror his musical ones; his brain is stuffed with French, Italian, Japanese, and Mexican thrillers. He sold his car to produce The Ghetto Was Never Enough, intended as the middle segment of a Crime Jazz trilogy.
Also scheduled: performances by Acapulco Five-0 and Green Lady Killers and a fashion show by Black Spy Killers.
Fri., Nov. 20, 8 p.m., 2009
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