Dirty Looks: On Location - opening night!
A Most Unusual Film Festival
José Rodríguez-Soltero, Jerovi, 16mm, 11 min, 1965
Andy Warhol, My Hustler, 16mm, 76 min, 1965
Doors 6:30 Show 7:00pm
Co-presented by Dynasty Typewriter and The Voyager Institute
Curated by Bret Berg
A 50th Anniversary multimedia celebration of L.A.’s first gay film festival held in the summer of ‘68 -- plus 16mm screenings of two key works from the original event: the frothy, sunbaked antics of My Hustler (arguably Warhol’s most buoyant feature film, featuring a proto-John Waters sensibility) and the Kodakchrome sublimity of Jerovi (a short, sensual retelling of the Narcissus myth.)
Picture it: MacArthur Park, 1968. In an attempt to court a growing, lucrative gay male audience, the sexploitation-centric Park Theater (on Alvarado, next door to Langer’s Delicatessen) swaps out its calendar of hetero cheesecake for a boundary-pushing slate of male-only content. Kicking off this seismic wave is “A Most Unusual Film Festival” -- a summer-long parade of the Sixties’ queerest underground hits.
Join us as we pay homage to this groundbreaking first public sign of gay erotic filmmaking, where films by Warhol, Jack Smith, Pat Rocco, Mike Kuchar and even the Mekas Brothers collided in happy, horny harmony with lost gems like Nudist Beach Boy Surfers and An Interlude in the Desert.
The Hayworth Theater opened in 1926 as the Masque Theatre. Currently it serves as the home for Dynasty Typewriter, a venue for live entertainment and comedy events.
Andy Warhol is the iconic pop artist from the 1960s. He worked across mediums, including performance, film, painting, and writing. My Hustler was his first film to ever make money.
Jose Rodriguez-Soltero was a significant figure in the New York underground film community during the 1960s and eary 70s. His most well-remembered films are Lupe and Jerovi.