Art Film Friday: The Legend of Toilet-Seat w/ JEREMY KALLER
November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Who remembers Charlie Deal?
He was a Mill Valley institution, the inventor of the Toilet Seat Guitar, a true folk hero. In Paul Liberatore’s article about the film when it debuted in the 2009 Mill Valley Film Festival he said:
As the story goes, Charlie had a flash of inspiration in 1968, the era of the San Francisco Sound, that led to the creation of the first toilet seat guitar. “I realized I was sitting on a great musical idea,” he liked to say.
It has also been said that the toilet seat guitar was born after Charlie failed an audition for a rock band with the admonition that he was “the crappiest guitar player they’d ever heard.”
The documentary tells us that Charlie was known as the “unofficial mayor” of Mill Valley, but you can tell from watching it that he was more revered than a politician. He was more like a town mascot, someone who made everyone who knew him smile.
As he was putting together the film, Kaller was delighted when many people who knew Charlie embraced the project as if it were their own.
“People contributed what they had of Charlie,” he said. “Everyone wanted to memorialize him and celebrate him.”
We will have a Q & A with filmmaker Jeremy Kaller
and folks who knew Charlie after the screening.