New York Down Town Film Program


19.02 - 03.06.2012, 19:00-21:00

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Six documentaries about New York’s primary figures of the 1950-80s. These people had major influence on art, altering the course of culture history; without them New York of today wouldn’t have been the same.
William Burroughs, renowned rebel writer of the beat generation, who changed forever the image of a writer and literature; American geniuses of art Andy Warhol and Keith Haring; Salvador Dali who turned his visit to New York into performance, - all these unique figures will be presented from a new angle in documentaries. The film program also introduces less famous, but no less significant character of New Your underground – artist and director Jack Smith.

Film program is presented in conjunction with the garage Center for Contemporary Culture Garage. These films were first shown in Moscow within the framework of the "New York Downtown" film program, which was presented at the Center for Contemporary Culture Garage on 15-22 May 2011


19 February 18.00
Dali in New York (director Jack Bond) 1965, USA, 57 min.

Dali in New York is a rare find for those who love cinema and theatre of the Dali’s surreal universe. Filmmaker Jack Bond and Salvador Dali got together at Christmas 1965 to make Dali in New York, a highly entertaining film. Dali devoted two weeks of his life to creating extraordinary scenes for the film, performing "manifestations" with a plaster cast, a thousand ants and one million dollars in cash.
Jack Bond (born 1939, UK) — director and producer.

11 March 19.00
Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (Chuck Workman) 1990, USA, 87 min.

A look at the life, work, and impact of Andy Warhol (1928-1987), pop icon and artist, from his childhood in Pittsburgh to his death after a botched surgery. Warhol came up with the word "superstar," became one, and changed the way society perceives this phenomenon. His family, friends, agent, curator, gallery owners, actors, the co-founder of "Interview," and others tell stories and reflect upon his art.
Chuck Workman (born 1945, USA) — director.

1 April 18.00
William Burroughs: A Man Within (Yony Leyser) 2010, USA, 74 min.

The film shows life of William Burroughs, legendary writer and American icon of the beat generation. William Burroughs was one of the first to cross the dangerous boundaries of queer and drug culture in the 1950s, and write about his experiences. Eventually he was hailed the godfather of the beat generation and influenced artists for generations to come.
Yony Leyser (born 1985, USA) — director; William Burroughs: A Man Within is his first full length film.
Trailer is available here:

22 April 18.00
The Universe of Keith Haring (by Christina Clausen) 2008, USA, 90 min.

The Universe of Keith Haring is a very personal portrait of the world-renowned artist, who took the phrase “Art for everyone” as his main rule. The film gives a detailed account of the artist’s life through interviews of his friends 0 Yoko Ono, Madonna, Andy Warhol and others.
Christina Clausen – director, documentarian.

13 May 18.00
Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (Mary Jordan) 2006, USA, 95 min.

Jack Smith is probably the most remarkable artist of the New York art scene for the past fifty years. He is the godfather of performance and photographer-innovator. His utopic ideas and artistic processes had a great influence on later generations including such artists as Andy Warhol, Federico Fellini, David Lynch, Mathew Barney. This documentary filmed by Mary Jordan is a tribute to New York anti-hero and real king of underground.
Mary Jordan (born 1969) – director, documentarian, photographer and performer.
Not recommended for viewers under 16 years of age.

3 June 19:00
The Source (Chuck Workman) 1999, USA, 91 min.

The film traces the beat generation from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac's meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs in 1997. Actors Jonny Depp (Kerouac), John Turturro (Ginsberg) and Dennis Hopper (Burroughs) brilliantly portrayed literature legends of the beat generation. The film features interviews with Ken Kesey, Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, composer Filipp Glass and music of Bob Dylan.

All films will be screened for the first time in Nizhny Novgorod.
The films will be shown in English with Russian subtitles.


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