Fancy Days, Fancy Times: Films by Luther Price

Thursday, October 27, 2011, 8:00 pm
P•P•O•W Gallery

535 West 22nd Street, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10011

-Filmmaker in Person-

Silk, 16mm, 2006, 15min.
Ribbon Candy, 16mm, 2003/4, 7min.
Me Gut No Dog Dog, 16mm on DVD, 1995, 45min.
Sodom, 16mm, 1989, 15 min.

The event will also feature a complimentary publication featuring writings by Luther Price, Lia Gangitano and Bradford Nordeen.

One of the most important experimental filmmakers of the past 25 years, Luther Price gained notoriety for his late 80s and early 90s Super-8mm films, works that pushed the boundaries of good taste with their deliberately crude construction (mostly from found footage) and their often troubling images (extreme gay porn, surgical footage, psychodramatic performances). Culling from new work and old, this screening will showcase Price’s distinct and tumultuous visions.

“Home Movies from hell?”
“Ascending from one plane into the next?”

Price’s films are startling and extreme states that must be experienced, whatever the cost. Fancy Days, Fancy Times is a career spanning program that takes Price’s preoccupation with explicit, gay imagery as its starting point. Whether it be self-performative, as in the excruciating Ritual 629, or vintage porn Silk and Ribbon Candy, Price’s intervention in these sexual acts transcends the original footage into a realm of psychological complexity and trauma. Screened alongside Price’s masterpieces, the near-feature Me Gut No Dog Dog and the infamous Sodom, the evening will make a startling impression on all assembled.