All screenings are on Sunday at 7 p.m. at 212 York Street, Room 106, unless otherwise noted.
All screenings are free.
The Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities is pleased to co-sponsor a fall film series curated by Ron Gregg in conjunction with his course, Postwar Queer Avant-Garde Film (AMST 352/FILM 377/WGSS 454), and to draw your attention to several other screenings this fall of related historical and contemporary films organized by Cinema at the Whitney, the Film Studies Program, Lesbian and Gay Studies, East Asian Studies, and the Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration.
These screenings provide a rare opportunity to see many little-known postwar avant-garde films that are unavailable on DVD/VHS or rarely screened on film. Each Sunday night screening will be introduced by Professor Gregg.
The postwar queer underground that produced many of these films will be the subject of the YRIHS’s spring 2009 conference on Postwar Queer Underground Cinema, 1950-1968. Pre-registration required for this conference.
September 9 [different location: WLH 116]
Early Influences on the Postwar Queer Avant-Garde
Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau, 1930, 50 minutes): DVD
Lot in Sodom (Webber and Watson, 1933, 27 min.): DVD
Rose Hobart (Joseph Cornell, 1936): DVD
World War II and Renewed Experimentation
Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren, 1943, 14 min.): DVD
At Land (Maya Deren, 1944, 15 min.): 16mm
Fireworks (Kenneth Anger, 1947, 15 min.): DVD
Fragment of Seeking (Curtis Harrington, 1946, 14 min.): 16mm
The Potted Psalm (James Broughton/Sidney Peterson, 1947, 19 min.): DVD
Friday-Saturday, September 21-22 [Location and times to be announced]
Visiting film/videomaker Takahiko Iimura
Sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies.
“Conspiracy of Homosexuality”: Freud, Myth, Subjectivity
Christmas U.S.A. (Gregory Markopoulos, 1949, 13 min.): DVD
Geography of the Body (Willard Maas/Marie Menken, 1943, 7 min.): DVD
Image in the Snow (Willard Maas, 1947, 29 min.): 16mm
Narcissus (Willard Maas, 1956, 59 min.): 16mm
Surface and Brilliance: Queering Sight
Puce Moment (Kenneth Anger, 1949, 6 min.): DVD
Eaux d’artifice (Kenneth Anger, 1953, 12 min.): DVD
Arabesque for Kenneth Anger (Marie Menken, 4 min.): 16mm
Bagatelle for Willard Maas (Marie Menken, 5 min.): 16mm
Dwightiana (Marie Menken, 4 min.): 16mm
Chumlum (Ron Rice, 1964, 26 min.): 16mm
Wednesday, October 3, 7 p.m., Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium
Visiting Filmmaker Ela Troyano: Screening of La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul with post-screening discussion
Sponsored by the Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and the Film Studies Program.
Un chant d’amour (Jean Genet, 1950, 25 min.): DVD
The Pleasure Garden (James Broughton, 1953, 38 min.): DVD
Mechanics of Love (Willard Maas, 1955, 7 min.): DVD
Flesh of Morning (Stan Brakhage, 1956, 21 min.): 16mm
Wedlock House (Stan Brakhage, 1959, 11 min.): DVD
Dionysius (Charles Boultenhouse, 1963, 23 min.): 16mm
“Baudelairean Cinema,” Camp, and Queer Performance
Little Stabs of Happiness (Ken Jacobs, 1963, 15 min.): 16mm
Blonde Cobra (Ken Jacobs, 1963, 33min.): 16mm,
Flaming Creatures (Jack Smith, 1963, 45 min.): 16mm
October 21 [different location: WLH 116]
Queer Abjection and Censorship
Portrait of Jason (Shirley Clarke, 1967, 105 min.): DVD
Friday, October 26, Cinema at the Whitney
Films by Kenneth Anger
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (Anger, 1954)
Scorpio Rising (Anger, 1962)
Invocation of My Demon Brother (Anger, 1969)
Lucifer Rising (Anger, 1970)
Visiting Filmmaker José Rodriguez-Soltero
Scorpio Rising (Kenneth Anger, 1962): 16mm
Jerovi (Jose Rodriguez-Soltero, 1965, 12 min.): 16mm
Lupe (Jose Rodriguez-Soltero, 1966, 50 min.): 16mm
Andy Warhol, Ronald Tavel, and “Theatre of the Ridiculous”
Kiss (Warhol, 1963): DVD
Blow Job (Warhol, 1963): 16mm
Screen Test #2 (Warhol, 1965, 70 min.): 16mm
Monday, November 5, 7 p.m., 212 York Street
Pre-release Special Screening: A Walk into the Sea, a documentary on Andy Warhol’s lover, the filmmaker Danny Williams, and the Factory years. Introduced by director Esther Robinson with Q&A following the screening.
Sponsored by the Film Studies Program and Lesbian and Gay Studies.
Ken Jacobs: Politics, Aesthetics, Jack Smith
Visiting Filmmaker Ken Jacobs: Screening of Past and Present Work at the Whitney Humanities Center auditorium
Featuring his films Baud’larian Capers, Whirled, and Star Spangled to Death and recent work.
Sponsored by the Film Studies Program, Theater Studies, and the Department of Art History.
Queer Erotic Pleasure
Christmas on Earth (Barbara Rubin, 1963, 23 min.): 16mm, double screen projection
Couch (Warhol, 1964, 40 min.): 16mm
Face (Takahiko Iimura, 1969, 21 min.): 16mm
December 2 [different location: Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium]
Rare Screening of Gregory Markopoulos’ The Illiac Passion
The Illiac Passion (Markopoulos, 1967, 92 min.): 16mm