24 and Friday, January 26
Admission: $5, $10 minimum
Showtimes: 7:30pm and 10pm
Bacchanale is a "lost" adult arthouse film from 1970,
released towards the end of the grindhouse era and at the dawn
The (surprisingly enlightened) sex in this film is overwhelmed
by a script chock full of low-budget surrealistic pretensions.
This creative tact was originally designed to provide enough of
a veneer of artistic merit to keep the censorship boards at bay.
With the passage of time, it now can be seen as a piece in full
dialog with the cinematic trends of the day, maybe a grimy Seventh
Seal, a gutter-dwelling Satiricon or outsider artist Rosemary's
Baby. Too kind? You be the judge. Shot in several (but not all)
colors, and concerning fashion, dreams, death, discos, calliopes,
spiral staircases, water, war, hell, and, of course, sex.
For this screening, Monkey Town has taken the liberty of inviting
50 audio artists to reinterpret the film (which is currently out
of commercial release). The result experience is an era-bending
megamix of illicit thrills.
Directed by John and Lem Amero, starring Uta Erickson, inserts
by Harry Reems and Tina Russell.
New audio curated by Sam Zimmerman, Nick Hallett and Montgomery
Knott. Additional film edits by Sam Zimmerman.
Monkeytown Mashup: Vena Virago +
Margie Schnibbe: 10pm (each night)
Monkey Town presents a 4-screen megamix of works by two directors
on the razors edge of art and commerce. Margie Schnibbe is a NYC
artist and former Disco 2000 club kid transplanted to L.A., working
in paint, sculpture, video, and comic illustration. Vena Virago
is "in the biz", part of the new Alt Porn wave. They
happen to be the same person.
This (very explicit) program turns porn films inside-out, simultaneously
revealing front and back of camera, makeup on and off, the art
before the action. Featuring Silverlake scenesters, porn star
pets, bondage bunnies, op-art, 'zines and behind-the-scenes.
2-channel immersion curated and edited by Sam Zimmerman.
Includes new animations by Adam Kendall, Motomichi Nakamura and
Sam Zimmerman based on original designs by Margie Schnibbe and
Pornstar Pets appears courtesy of Brink Film and Music Video Distributors.
Silverlake Scenesters appears courtesy of VCA/Hustler/LFP Video.
Eastside Story appears courtesy of Vivid Alt.