From: Pierce, Greg (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Dec 13 2007 - 15:23:59 PST
Apologies for such a late notice but for those living near the
Pennsylvania / Ohio border and possibly not doing anything Friday
evening - 12/14/07 - The Andy Warhol Museum will present a very special
screening with filmmaker William E. Jones (Los Angeles) in person!
Friday, December 14, 2007 ~ 7:00pm ~ The Andy Warhol Museum 117
Sandusky Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Tearoom (1962/2007) color, silent, 56 min.
A document presented by William E. Jones
Tearoom consists of police footage shot in the summer of 1962 during a
crackdown on public sex in Mansfield, Ohio. The murderer of two little
girls informed the police of what was going on under the main square of
the city. With technical assistance from Highway Safety Films, Inc. the
police set up a sting operation in which officers hid in a restroom
closet and photographed men through a two-way mirror for two months. The
film they shot was used in court as evidence against the defendants, all
of whom were found guilty of sodomy, which at that time carried a
mandatory minimum sentence of one year in the state penitentiary.
The original surveillance footage came into the possession of director
William E. Jones while he was researching this case for a documentary
project. The unedited scenes of ordinary men of various races and
classes meeting to have sex were so powerful that the director decided
to present the footage with a minimum of intervention. Tearoom is a
radical example of film presented "as found" for the purpose of
circulating historical images that have otherwise been suppressed.
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Camera Surveillance (1963) color, sound, 15 min.
Notice! This film is restricted to use by law enforcement officials
Presented by Police Dept. Mansfield, Ohio
Special thanks to anonymous for the loan of this film
The Child Molester (1975) color, sound, 20 min.
(c)1975 Highway Safety Films, Inc.
Distributed by Highway Safety Films, Inc. Mansfield, Ohio
16mm print courtesy of Bret Wood, Illustrated Films
Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the filmmaker and a
panel discussion with:
Eric Clarke, Associate Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh
and author of Virtuous Vice: Homoeroticism and the Public Sphere
Mack Friedman, author of Strapped for Cash: A History of American
William Hileman, founder/editor of the newspaper Planet Q
Anthony C. Infanti, Associate Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh
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Assistant Curator of Film & Video
The Andy Warhol Musuem
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.