Roots of the New York Underground – Benefit at Film-makers Coop

THE WHIRLED heralds the invention of New York Underground Cinema in the 1950s.

Picking up on jazz, a new extemporaneous film-form happened. It capitalized on place and personality, disobliging itself of further commitment. Things were not as hopeless then as now, naturally, but sufficiently grim to make it unnecessary to decry conditions.

TWO WRENCHING DEPARTURES re-works footage from THE WHIRLED and STAR SPANGLED TO DEATH,

Both featuring Jack Smith with appearances by Bob Fleischner. Originally a live performance using two stop-motion film projectors, it was composed and presented at AMMI in 1989 on the occasion of their deaths (for different health reasons) two weeks earlier. In 2005 with assistance by Erik Nelson and with insistence by Flo that I keep to the original cue sheets, I created a digital version.

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