Cinema of Transgression – a term coined by Nick Zedd in his 1985 manifesto to describe a particular New York underground filmmaking scene that pushed the boundaries of taste, politics and society. The loosely affiliated group included Zedd, Richard Kern, Beth B, Tessa Hughes-Freeland, David Wojnarowicz and others. This two-screening celebration features a cross-section of key works, significant both then and now.
Sunday 4 November
Richard Kern, Submit to Me Now, 1987, 19 min
Kern’s Submit to Me Now features Lung Leg and Lydia Lunch in a music video-cum-horror film that quickly descends into a debauched affair with lizards. Blood and guts.
Beth B, Stigmata, 1991, 38 min
Through a series of emotional and confessional "talking head" portraits, B chronicles the lives of six individuals, retracing their histories from childhood to recovery from drug addiction. B reenters these often abusive and painful pasts, guiding the viewer through a struggle that reemerges in newly found hope and optimism.
David Wornarowicz, A Fire in My Belly, 1986-87, 20 min
A Fire in My Belly was never completed. What currently circulates and is preserved in the Fales Library Collection of NYU is a 13-minute version entitled A Fire in my Belly, A Work in Progress, and a 7-minute excerpt that possibly represents a chapter planned for the finished version which will be shown together for this screening.
Please note: These screenings contain adult material that some viewers may find offensive.