New Jack Smith Documentary Available Through Microcinema International

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Date: Tue Jun 24 2008 - 14:15:22 PDT


New Release

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New Jack Smith Documentary Available Through Microcinema International

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PRE-BOOK DATE: JULY 1, 2008

STREET DATE: August 8, 2008

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Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis

 

Available at microcinemadvd.com
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Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis

An Arts Alliance America / Arthouse Films Release

http://www.microcinemadvd.com/product/DVD/822/Jack_Smith_and_the_Destruction
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$US 29.95 SRP/ $29.95 Edu

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CATALOG # MC-822

UPC: 829567052525

Documentary

2008 95 min

 

Perhaps America's most important artist from the last fifty years, Jack
Smith is simultaneously hailed as the godfather of performance art, a
groundbreaking photographer and the 'William Blake of film'. His utopian
ideals, artistic processes and bejeweled artworks left no generation
untouched since, and became essential influences to contemporary art
superstars like Andy Warhol, Federico Fellini and Matthew Barney.

 

In her feature-length film debut, director Mary Jordan combines Smith's rare
and unseen films and photographs with rare audio recordings, acting
appearances, and other relics squeezed from Smith's vaulted archives.
Commentaries from art luminaries, critics and Smith's friends and enemies
(such as screenwriter/playwright Ronald Tavel, New York Observer critic
Andrew Sarris, transvestite extraordinaire Mario Montez, and filmmaker Ken
Jacobs) intercut Smith himself proffering condemnations of capitalism,
critics and institutional-art "gatekeepers." Jordan also delves into Smith's
tenuous relationship with Andy Warhol-who adopted Smith's ideas and actors
in his own work (including Smith's "Superstars" concept), his vilification
of New American cinema pioneer Jonas Mekas, and other previously
undocumented biographical topics.

From the Whitney to the Louvre, Smith is acknowledged as one of America's
most influential artists, yet his legacy remains at the edges of obscurity.
Pure in his artistic pursuits, Smith smashed head-on into the politics
intersecting creativity, capitalism and meaning in contemporary art. Since
his 1989 death, Smith's work has been rarely publicly displayed. Still his
influence pervades contemporary art and pop-culture today. This documentary
portrait pays homage to New York's ultimate anti-hero and the original King
of the Underground.

 

Bonus Features Include:

Glitter

Agosto Machado with Mario Montez on Jack the Master

Lawrence Rinder on Jack's Photography

Ken Jacob's on Jack's Life as Theater

Jack's Loft

Mario Montez on Being Mario Montez

Includes 5 More Interviews About Jack's Life
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