From: kenneth wayne peralta (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Apr 11 2007 - 10:12:42 PDT
NYC Film Forum. Mary Jordan will be on hand for Q and A after tonight's 8pm
Beyond crumbs and crusty plastered vaults
JACK SMITH AND THE DESTRUCTION OF ATLANTIS
a feature documentary film by Mary Jordan
U.S. Theatrical Premiere
Wednesday April 11- April 24 two weeks
Film Forum 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00
Film Forum is pleased to present the U.S. theatrical premiere of JACK SMITH
AND THE DESTRUCTION OF ATLANTIS, beginning Wednesday, April 11. For Jack
Smith (1932-1989), Atlantis was both the idea of a fantastical utopia and
the reality of the Lower East Side apartment in which this prophetic artist
staged baroque, improvisational multi-hour one-man theatrical productions,
often with a cast of stuffed animals and dolls. An avant-garde photographer,
filmmaker, actor, performance artist, and all around ³flaming creature,²
Smith has been credited as a major influence by Fellini, Godard and
Jarmusch. In Mary Jordan¹s mesmerizing portrait, he fairly jumps off the
screen: a combination mystic, comedian and madman, a protean artist whose
vast energy and creativity were undermined (or perversely fed?) by the
poverty of his day-to-day life and his paranoid misgivings about just about
everything. If there is a heaven for the wonderfully bizarre, Jack Smith
resides there, accompanied by his patron saint, Maria Montez.
Tickets online or box office: (212) 727-8110
³The only person I would ever try to copy." - Andy Warhol
³...the only true 'underground filmmaker." - John Waters
³Jack Smith changed the art world." - Laurie Anderson
³Irresistible." - Richard Corliss, Time
³Extraordinary. A triumph!" Jay Weissberg, Variety
³A lovingly crafted portrait of the artist...an aesthetic manifesto." -
Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine
Jury Award- Extraordinary documentary Film Talent, Leipzig Dokfest
Jury Award- Tribeca Film Festival New York documentary competition
JACK SMITH AND THE DESTRUCTION OF ATLANTIS (2006, 95 mins.) Directed and
written by Mary Jordan. Produced by Kenneth Wayne Peralta and Mary Jordan.
Cinematographers: Mary Jordan and Jon Fordham. Editor: Alex Marquez.
Featuring Tony Conrad, Gary Indiana, Ken Jacobs, Judith Malina, Jonas Mekas,
Mario Montez, Andrew Sarris, Ronald Tavel and John Waters, among others.
Film Forum is located at 209 W Houston Street, between 6th Avenue & Varick,
in New York City.
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.