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Light + Sound Machine Presents... The Short Films of CURTIS HARRINGTON

Posted by Third Man on 29 September 2015

OCTOBER 15, 2015
at THIRD MAN RECORDS
DOORS at 7pm, FILMS at 8pm

Non Belcourt-Member tickets available for $10

*Come early for a collection of interviews and trailers from the course of Harrington's career!

Before directing his first feature (1961's enigmatic horror/fantasy NIGHT TIDE, with Dennis Hopper) Curtis Harrington was already a uniquely positioned figure in the American avant garde. He was a protégé of Maya Deren, a friend and collaborator with Kenneth Anger, and an author of some of the earliest scholarship on the career of Joseph Von Sternberg. His psycho-sexual, death-obsessed short films - pioneering works of the emerging "New Queer Cinema" - suggested he may have been the American answer to Jean Cocteau. Furthermore, he prominently figures into the nebula of Aleister Crowley-associated occultists, having shot Kenneth Anger's PUCE MOMENT and acted in his INAUGURATION OF THE PLEASURE DOME. Indeed, his 1946 short A FRAGMENT OF SEEKING is often considered to be one half of a pair with Anger's seething, queer expressionist film FIREWORKS. Another of his works, THE WORMWOOD STAR, is a profile of artist/actress Marjorie Cameron, another Anger collaborator and the wife of rocket scientist/Thelemite/would-be Antichrist Jack Parsons.

Though his work in the realm of feature-film would find him at the helm of several atmospheric horror and thriller pictures for Roger Corman, AIP, and Universal Pictures, he eventually slipped into obscurity as a television director, shooting episodes of CHARLIE'S ANGELS, DYNASTY, and so on. Today, thanks to preservation efforts by The Academy Film Archive and a recent Blu Ray edition from Flicker Alley & Drag City, Harrington's mysterious and groundbreaking early works are finally ripe for reappraisal.

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