Herb Shellenberger

Amos Sefer's An American Hippie in Israel (1972)
September 26, 2013
International House Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA, US

New restored 35mm print! Introduction by Herb Shellenberger.

"Murderous mimes, bloodthirsty sharks, free-loving debauchery, robots and poignant anti-war monologues by raving mad hippies—far fricking out! All this and more is provided in writer/director/prophet Amos Sefer’s previously lost early-’70s exploitationer—which, if you haven’t already surmised, is an epic blast. Clad in his dirty jeans, beads and a crude, handmade rabbit-fur vest, Israeli actor Asher Tzarfati plays the American “hippie” Mike, who, after thumbing a ride, connects with vivacious vixen Elizabeth. Fleeing from the aforementioned whacko mime patrol, the sun-baked duo gather a clutch of like-minded dropouts to set off together as a newly-minted “family” in search of a desert island utopia—but, of course, inevitable human chaos lurks in the journey ahead. Vacillating between Lord of the Flies and a zonked, unpredictable brand of Dennis Hopper-ian burnout psychedelia, An American Hippie In Israel will set your ass aflame with its collision of jarring edits, loose-lipped dubbing and pervasive total madness." —Grindhouse Releasing

An American Hippie in Israel, Amos Sefer, 1972, Israel, 35mm, 95'