Dark Sides of Intimacy with Charles Atlas
Charles Atlas has been a pioneering figure in film and video for over four decades, extending the limits of his medium and forging new territory in a far-reaching range of genres, stylistic approaches, and techniques. Over the years he has made media/dance works, multi-channel video installations, feature-length documentaries, video art works for television, and live electronic performances.
Atlas' practice is firmly rooted in the moving image, and he is most famous for works that blur the line between experimental dance documentation and performance for the camera.
Throughout his career, he has consistently fostered collaborative relationships, working intimately with such artists and performers as Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Douglas Dunn, Marina Abramovic, Yvonne Rainer, Mika Tajima/New Humans, Antony & The Johnsons, and most notably Merce Cunningham, for whom he served as filmmaker-in-residence for a decade from the early 1970s through 1983.
What: Charles Atlas: Dark Sides of Intimacy
Superhoney, Son of Sam and Delilah + Charles Atlas in person
When: Sunday March 15, 2015, 7:30 pm
Where: At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028
Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members. Available by credit card in advance from Brown Paper Tickets or at the door
For more event information: www.lafilmforum.org, or 323-377-7238
This screening is part of a larger festival ATLAS IN LA a nine-day event celebrating the work of Charles Atlas. The festival runs from March 10-19. For full details of ATLAS IN LA please visit: atlasinla.tumblr.com.
Other events for this festival:
March 10, 2015 - Hammer Museum
March 11, 2015 - ONE Archives
March 13, 2015 - 356 Mission/Twooga Booga
March 14 & 16, 2015 - Human Resources
March 15, 2015 - Los Angeles Filmforum
March 17, 2015 - Cal Arts
March 19, 2015 - Echo Park Film Center
Park View - Exhibition on view: March 1-April 5, 2015
Son of Sam and Delilah
Charles Atlas, 1991, USA, color, sound, 26 min.
Charles Atlas, 1994, Denmark, color, sound, 51 min.
The violence of love. The pain of heartbreak. Filmmaker Charles Atlas' two dark comedies take on death, love, lust and violence through humor, eroticism and pathos.
Superhoney a futuristic danse macabre, in which Atlas creates a fully realized cyber-gothic world, rife with both erotic and physical danger. We follow our heroine on her travels through a world inhabited by libidinal robots, human profligates, statuesque hairdressers and a bevy of other intriguing individuals. Her stylized and blank-faced nonchalance mirror the performative passion and violence, which surrounds her. Atlas unhinges his own well-developed aesthetic in order to more fully explore the interplay between ambivalence and pleasure.
Son of Sam and Delilah, takes place in New York City 1988. A time of raging homophobia, a killer on the loose, and disco dancing till dawn as performers struggle to survive. This film is an entertaining amalgam of cross-cut scenes featuring New York performance luminaries including John Kelly, Hapi Phace and DANCENOISE. A metaphor for the AIDS crisis, Son of Sam and Delilah is a dark vision of an America where life is cheap and even the moments of tenderness have a life threatening edge.
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian (View)
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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