Friday, August 13, 2010 at 8pm
An Evening with Little Joe
177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn
A Bigger Splash
Jack Hazan, 1973, 106 mins
Light Industry hosts an evening with Little Joe, a new zine out of London “about queers and cinema, mostly." The first issue—printed on a risograph and handsomely lo-fi—contains, amongst other pleasures, Tom Kalin looking back on the New Queer Cinema, an essay on visionary porn auteur Fred Halsted by William E. Jones, Fritz Haeg discussing adapted E.M. Forster, an extended meditation on bucolic softcore curiosity Song of the Loon, and an appreciation of Raquel Welsh’s thoroughly bewildering Raquel!, which plays like Kenneth Anger orchestrating an epic TV variety hour. The magazine is a kind of heir to both Film Culture and After Dark, and its implicit project is a vital one: mapping the subterranean canon of gay and lesbian cinema, past and present, drawing together its many and varied histories, frequently from the margins (vanguards?) of taste and style.
Tonight’s event will begin with a screening of A Bigger Splash, Jack Hazan’s quasi-documentary portrait of David Hockney from 1973. Hockney expected Hazan, who is interviewed at length in Little Joe No. 1, to produce "a series of paintings to a backing of Bach," but the final result is something altogether different. An acute study in the vagaries of desire set against the twilight of Swinging London, the film chronicles the dissolution of a love affair between Hockney and Peter Schlesinger through a combination of observational vérité and staged tableaux. Like the painting from which it takes its title, A Bigger Splash presents a cool surface, disturbed.
Screening at 8pm, party afterward.
Tickets - $7, available at door.