All About Eva

Susan Gerhard August 11, 2006

Of all the remixes, mashups, and repurposed curiosities littering the YouTube landscape, none have mined the rich veins of celebrity and irony in the San Francisco Bay Area quite the way “The Deadbeat Club“ does. The only problem: It’s broadcast from Vermont. Apparently, absence makes the heart grow fonder, and a little more reckless, as Eva “Deadbeat” Sollberger, a ten-year resident of Northern California, reminisces on good jobs and bad, megastars and mini ones, and a variety of other subjects in her regular broadcasts. She brings the high art of telling all — encounters with Billy Joe from Green Day, intimate moments on set with Owen Wilson, bonding with Bai Ling! — to a new plane with home-brewed montage and a take-no-prisoners mouth that’s brought both messages of love as well as the flaming heat of the web into her email box. Formerly in the employ of a variety of San Francisco film festivals, as well as Tippett Studios, Film Arts Foundation, and the Smith Rafael Film Center, Eva “Deadbeat” offers ten of her best Bay Area-related shows. Careful: The dish she’s serving may be you.

1. Cali Montage

Berlin’s “Metro” is the soundtrack and San Francisco is the city where the Bay Bridge’s cantilevers appear to dance.

2. Bai Ling Rules

The “But can they sing?” star is remembered for her talent for finding photo opportunities with the likes of George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola at every turn during one San Francisco International Film Festival. Says Eva Deadbeat: “I have to admire Bai Ling for her inability to feel shame.”

3. Projecting 35mm at Rafael

Secrets of 35mm projection revealed!

4. Green Day Temper Tantrum

A former bartender at Albany’s Club Mallard recalls a notable regular having a bad night.

5. Green Day Temper Tantrum Part 2

Notable regular apologizes.

6. Owen Wilson’s Head

Visual FX coordinator with crush on Owen Wilson inherits his head (!) after working on “The Haunting.”

7. CA vs. VT

A comparison: Choose between California’s cheap ethnic food, or killing your own deer and eating it by way of Vermont.

8. “Fame” Music Video

Elizabeth (“The Black Dahlia”) Short remembered through camping it up to “Fame” at a mausoleum in Oakland.

9. Cali Montage #2

Babies wrapped in Bjorns, cops on the streets of San Francisco, all set to The Killers.

10. The Flamers of YouTube

On the travails of going public.

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