Border Radio

Before carving out a niche as one of the most distinct voices in nineties American cinema, Allison Anders made her debut, alongside codirectors and fellow UCLA film school students Kurt Voss and Dean Lent, with 1987’s Border Radio. A low-key, semi-improvised postpunk diary that took four years to complete, Border Radio features legendary rocker Chris D., of the Flesh Eaters, as a singer/songwriter who has stolen loot from a club and gone missing, leaving his wife (Luanna Anders), a no-nonsense rock journalist, to track him down with the help of his friends (John Doe of the band X; Chris Shearer). With its sprawling Southern Californian and Mexican landscapes, captured in evocative 16mm black and white, Border Radio is a singular, DIY memento of the indie film explosion in America.

Film Info

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director of photography Dean Lent and codirector Kurt Voss
  • Two audio commentaries: one with codirectors Allison Anders and Voss, and one with actors Luanna Anders, Dave Alvin, Chris D., John Doe, and Chris Shearer
  • The Making of “Border Radio,” a 2002 documentary featuring interviews with Anders, Lent, Voss, Doe, and Chris D.
  • Nine deleted scenes
  • Music video of the Flesh Eaters’ “The Wedding Dice”
  • Stills gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes photos
  • Theatrical trailer and radio spot
  • Bios of cast and crew
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A new essay by music journalist and critic Chris Morris

New cover by Marc English

Purchase Options

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director of photography Dean Lent and codirector Kurt Voss
  • Two audio commentaries: one with codirectors Allison Anders and Voss, and one with actors Luanna Anders, Dave Alvin, Chris D., John Doe, and Chris Shearer
  • The Making of “Border Radio,” a 2002 documentary featuring interviews with Anders, Lent, Voss, Doe, and Chris D.
  • Nine deleted scenes
  • Music video of the Flesh Eaters’ “The Wedding Dice”
  • Stills gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes photos
  • Theatrical trailer and radio spot
  • Bios of cast and crew
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A new essay by music journalist and critic Chris Morris

New cover by Marc English

Border Radio
Cast
Chris D.
Jeff
Luanna Anders
Luanna
Chris Shearer
Chris
John Doe
Dean
Devon Anders
Devon
Dave Alvin
Dave
Texacala Jones
Babysitter
Credits
Director
Allison Anders
Director
Dean Lent
Director
Kurt Voss
Additional dialogue and scenario
The cast
Producer
Marcus De Leon
Associate producer
Robert Rosen
Cinematography
Dean Lent
Music
Dave Alvin

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