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"I genuflect before Jack Smith..." - John Waters
March 21, 2006 12:33 PM   Subscribe

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its 2006 lineup last week. Among the films in competition is the documentary Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis. Filmmaker Jack Smith (a major influence on later filmmakers, from Warhol to Waters(NSFW)) is perhaps best known for his 1963 film Flaming Creatures, was shot on expired army surplus film, and banned soon after its release (with some help from Strom Thurmond). New controversies surround his work. See also Smith’s Scotch Tape (YouTube), from the same year.
posted by jrb223 (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Jack Smith was an American genius. Neat post.
posted by bardic at 1:22 PM on March 21, 2006


great post. would say more, but too busy reading.
posted by shmegegge at 1:59 PM on March 21, 2006


Excellent post. Would love to see more.
posted by the sobsister at 5:29 AM on March 22, 2006


I got a new name to call the Neocons from reading the article - The Buzzards of Baghdad.
posted by Enron Hubbard at 7:52 AM on March 22, 2006


yes, great post indeed. A few nights ago I had the pleasure of seeing one of Jack's close friends, Tony Conrad, perform solo violin and present a few old films, notably "The Flicker".... a truly life-affirming show. Thanks for these links.
posted by visit beautiful mount weather! at 9:36 AM on March 22, 2006


Yeah, I love Jack Smith's work, and especially the use of expired film to evoke decay and other neat effects. If you like that kind of stuff, I also recommend the works of Jurgen Reble, who should get his own FPP some day, IMHO, cause he's just that cool. For at least one film, he took an old print of a silent film, left it in a pond in his backyard for about a year, then projected it. While the concept alone is enough to hook me, the actual effect of watching the film is quite mesmerizing and beautiful as well.
posted by jrb223 at 9:37 AM on March 22, 2006


jrb233, it's all you. make that fpp. I, for one, would love to read it as much I loved reading this one.
posted by shmegegge at 10:05 AM on March 22, 2006


turns out there was more on Reble out there than I thought there was. Here.
posted by jrb223 at 2:36 PM on March 22, 2006


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