The Sex Garage and Finished
Wednesday, February 23rd, 8pm
Fred Halsted, The Sex Garage, 16mm on DVD, 1972
William E. Jones, Finished, 16mm, 1997
253 E. Houston St.
New York, NY 10002
Introduction by DL curator, Bradford Nordeen
William E. Jones has crafted a remarkable art career around pornography. Emerging in the mid-90s on the indie scene with the documentary Massillon, Jones’ second feature, Finished follows the filmmaker’s obsession with Quebecois porn star, Alan Lambert. Finished is as much about a viewer’s heated voyeurism as it is an account of the troubled actor - who committed public suicide in a misguided act of political defiance. After the film’s release, Jones took to working with historic porn footage, organizing massive archives for various collectors and institutions.
He emerged with a new subject: Fred Halsted, a 70s porntrepreneur who opened Halstead’s, a stand-and-fuck bar in Silverlake, ran the magazine Package, and directed experimental sex films like LA Plays Itself, A Night At Halstead’s and the short, The Sex Garage. Dirty Looks brings together these obsessions.
**the screening contains explicit material not suitable for minors**
Massillon will be released this August as a limited edition DVD by Facets. Jones’ book on Fred Halsted will be released by Semiotext(e) later this year.
Some great reads about Jones and Halsted:
William E. Jones' 500 Words on Art Forum
'Halsted Plays Himself' by Jones on Art Forum
Fred Halsted, The Butt Interview (Speculatively written by Jones)
Garry Morris on the films of Halsted on Bright Lights Film Journal
An interview between Jones and Bruce Hainley in Bidoun
Dirty Looks is a roaming screening series, a salon of influences, an open platform for inquiry, discussion and debate.
Dirty Looks is:
Director / Bradford Nordeen
Assistant Director / Karl McCool
Associate Director / David Everitt Howe
Design / Deric Carner
Projectionist / Alex Lake
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