2021, Sat, Aug 07

Escape From Rented Island: The Lost Paradise of Jack Smith

D: Jerry Tartaglia, USA 2017, 88 min | Showing first: Sternenschauer – Scattering Stars, 2 min

Escape From Rented Island: The Lost Paradise of Jack Smith (film still)

Escape From Rented Island: The Lost Paradise of Jack Smith (film still)

Escape From Rented Island: The Lost Paradise of Jack Smith

D: Jerry Tartaglia, USA 2017, 88 min, OV

In his essay film, Jerry Tartaglia, longtime archivist and restorer of the film estate of queer New York underground, experimental film, and performance legend Jack Smith, deals less with Smith’s life than with his work. Jerry Tartaglia: “Escape From Rented Island: The Lost Paradise of Jack Smith is a film essay about the artist’s work, rather than a documentary about his life. Therefore, it does not present a rational, linear, and detached explanation of his work. Instead, it asks the viewer to sympathetically experience the aesthetic choices behind the work of Jack Smith. This strategy that I have chosen creates a challenge for the viewer, particularly those who are reliant upon external commentary or additional material in the documentary film form; I have no apology to offer those who cannot bear the unmediated vision of Jack Smith; only an invitation to join him in his lost paradise.”

Showing first:

Sternenschauer - Scattering Stars

D: Matthias Müller, Germany 1994, 2 min, silent

Heavenly bodies explode. Stars disintegrate. The afterglow of a physic encounter. (Matthias Müller)