Whether you were a teenager or young adult hanging out until the wee hours of the weekend mornings or maybe you were just a kid who happened to have control of the remote, you probably remember the classic eighties late night weekend TV show Night Flight.
If you’re a fan, you’ll be glad to hear that Night Flight is back in all its eighties glory on www.NightFlightPlus.com and streaming on numerous streaming devices like Roku and Chromecast or by subscription.
It was one of the proudest moments in my career to have been the voice of Night Flight. This Tuesday night, we’ll relive some of the memories at Night Flight Reborn, the presentation of 85 minutes of highlights followed by a panel discussion that I’m excited to be part of.
I spoke to one of the show’s creators, Stuart Shapiro, about the event, the return of Night Flight and a whole lot more.
Back in the early eighties, Stuart Shapiro was distributing concert and cult classic films that were played in midnight screenings that were selling out hundreds of shows in hundreds of dates across the country. Back then, it was the beginning of the cable era and there wasn’t much on at midnight. Stuart, along with his partner Jeff Franklin, went to the USA network to pitch a show using those same films and more. They started with a three month contract for two hours a night and on June 5, 1981, Night Flight was born. Eventually it would grow in popularity and ended up holding an eight hour spot on Friday and Saturday night for 8 years.
On the show, we grouped videos together thematically and gave a platform to musical genres that weren’t being seen on TV like reggae, heavy metal and rap. Night Flight constantly pushed the limits of delivery of all types of cultural discovery. The shows on Night Flight Plus are the original air masters and they are all these little mini documentaries structured to make sense of it all. What was on Night flight then still holds up today.
Now you can watch Night Flight segments on demand. The original show was episodic in form so they have put the segments on Night Flight Plus so that viewers can watch what they want, when they want, There are also complete shows available and more and more cult films and documentaries are being added. Stuart says it’s music centric and totally hip. The Night Flight Born Again series is traveling around the country and they will be here in LA on Tuesday June 28th at 7:30pm at The Silent Movie Theater. The evening features an 85 minute retrospective of the show featuring 30 different artists. The goal is to wake up the brand and let people know that Night flight is back!
Working with Night Flight was one of the most exciting experiences of my career because of the incredibly talented creative team I was blessed to work with. Back then, there was no censorship so whatever we wanted to put on the air, we did. There was great content and it’s still interesting to see today. Night Flight is curated so you will see some of the best of this ground breaking program.
Night Flight: Born Again
With Stuart Shapiro, Stuart Samuels, Pat Prescott and Larry Hankin for a post screening Q&A
Tuesday June 28, 2016 at 7:30pm
The Cinefamily at The Silent Movie Theatre
611 N. Fairfax Avenue
Tickets –p $12; free for Cinefamily members
Check out the trailer below: