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Tessa Hughes-Freeland: Sex, Drugs & ArtArtist and filmmaker Tessa Hughes-Freeland presents a group of her renowned short films in the Cinema of Transgression canon, which were made in the 1980s. Included are Baby Doll, a docu-portrait of two girls who worked as strippers, as well as Play Boy, a collage film made from footage scavenged from 42 nd Street at a time when film was being discarded in favor of videotape. Also screening is a new version of the Virginia Tripping Film, which documents the creation of an installation in Richmond, featuring artists Luis Frangella, Christof Kohlhofer, Marilyn Minter, James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook, David West, and David Wojnarowicz, along with curator Carlo McCormick. The artist will also screen a music video made for The Workdogs. Q&A to follow with the artist and Ed Halter. Ed Halter is a founder and director of Light Industry, a space for film and electronic art in Greenpoint, and teaches as Critic in Residence at Bard College.
October 25, 2019
Conversations With Gay Elders: Gene FedorkoHowl! Happening is pleased to present a screening of a segment of Conversations with Gay Elders about the life of Gene Fedorko a longstanding East Village icon. In Conversations with Gay Elders, filmmaker David Weissman (The Cockettes, We Were Here) fosters a cross-generational collaboration, preceding the era of Stonewall and gay liberation. Working with gay men in their 20s and 30s to profile counterparts in their 70s and 80s, Conversations with Gay Elders explores the issues of being “different” long before there was any social or political context for a positive LGBTQ self-image.
April 11, 2019
Paul Tschinkel’s New York New Wave at P.S. 1 The Armory Show of the 80sA Film by Paul Tschinkel with Text and Interviews by Marc H. Miller Screening and Discussion with Tschinkel, Miller, and Curt Hoppe In 1981, Diego Cortez organized New York/New Wave, a large exhibition at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, the legendary alternative art space in Long Island City. A hybrid of art, photography, music, and fashion, the exhibition captured the pulse of a new avant-garde art and music scene and, in retrospect, marked an important moment of generational change in the art world. Cortez pulled many of the exhibition’s nearly 100 artists from the fringes of the city’s exploding music and nightclub scene. Many of the artists in the P.S. 1 exhibition—Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat (then billed as “Samo”), Marcia Resnick, Robert Mapplethorpe, Futura 2000, Nan Goldin—have since become household names.
June 6, 2018
Merrill Aldighieri V.J. DiariesHowl! Happening is pleased to present the premiere of Merrill Aldighieri’s new film, “V.J. Diaries”, tracing the birth of the video jockey or “VJ.” The film is the story of Aldighieri and her pioneering work creating an improvised live video feed to interpret the DJ’s music at the legendary club Hurrah—a hotbed of creativity. “V.J. Diaries” looks at her role amplifying the connection between music and imagery in nightclubs. Her historic filming of the live performances of punk, new wave, jazz and industrial music form a diary marking her time at this seminal club. Guest DJ Bill Bahlman, who worked alongside Aldighieri at Hurrah, provides his inimitable ambiance to this Howl! Happening.
November 12, 2017
Paul Tschinkel Elizabeth Murray / Nan Goldin: In My LifeHowl! presents portraits of two influential artists by Paul Tschinkel from his series ART/new york. The films being screened are, ELIZABETH MURRAY: ART/new york No. 29 and NAN GOLDIN: IN MY LIFE: ART/new york No. 47.
July 20, 2017
Q&A with Paul Tschinkel, Bob Holman, & Sophia HolmanQ&A following a screening of Paul Tschinkel's film about Elizabeth Murray with Paul Tschinkel, Bob Holman and Sophia Holman.
Howl! Happening—home of the Elizabeth Murray memorial wall—is pleased to present a moving portrait of the artist by filmmaker Paul Tschinkel. Elizabeth Murray’s distinctive and unusual paintings made her one of the foremost artists working in New York. The film, made in 1989, includes an interview with the artist, her dealer Paula Cooper, New York Times art critic, Roberta Smith, and Robert Storr, curator of Murray’s 2005 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.
Video shot & edited by Darian Brenner.
April 28th, 2016
Who the Fuck Is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael AlagoWho the Fuck Is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago tells the astonishing story of a gay Puerto Rican kid growing up in a Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhood, who got on the subway one day and began an odyssey that helped shape the musical landscape across New York and around the world. Directed by Drew Stone and produced by Michael Alex, the film tells the story of Michael Alago, a cherished New York City icon. From rubbing elbows with New York scene makers as an underaged teenager at Max’s Kansas City and CBGB, to being the architect of a rock ‘n’ roll renaissance as the 19-year-old talent booker at the legendary Ritz, and making history as the 24-year-old A&R exec who signed Metallica, the biggest metal band in a generation, Alago was on fire.
February 21, 2018