06 December 2009

Underground New York

New York Gershwin Hotel
Sunday 6 December 2009

In the 1960s, filmmakers investigated new forms of production in dialogue with radical shifts in art, music, performance and popular culture. Following the example of the Beats, the counterculture was alive with protest, freedom of expression and the breaking of taboos, and from the Film-Makers’ Coop to Andy Warhol’s Factory, portable 16mm cameras were bringing a whole new way of seeing to the cinema screen. These heady days of “underground film” were captured by Gideon Bachmann in a spirited broadcast for German television. Rarely seen today, it is one of the few surviving documents to show aspects of New York’s independent film community during this exhilarating period.

Underground New York (Gideon Bachmann, 1967)

Sunday 6 December 2009, at 7:30pm
Gideon Bachmann, 1967, black & white, sound, 51 minutes

WITNESS Shirley Clarke, Allen Ginsberg, Susan Sontag and Tuli Kupferberg protest for peace protest before being shipped off to the Department of Correction.
VISIT the Film-Makers’ Distribution Center in the company of Jonas Mekas and Michelangelo Antonioni.
WATCH as Bruce Conner dances in a diner, and Maurice Amar stages a happening for the camera.
GO ON LOCATION with Adolfas Mekas in New Jersey, George Kuchar in the Bronx and Carl Linder in his bedroom.
BEHOLD the intermedia church of USCO, and SEE Andy Warhol faking it for television.

Underground New York (Gideon Bachmann, 1967)

The screening will be introduced by Mark Webber, the Gershwin’s outgoing artist in residence, who is currently researching an oral history of avant-garde cinema from the 1950s through the 1970s. Some of those interviewed for this project will be present.


The Gershwin Hotel
7 East 27th Street, New York City, NY 10016, USA

Nearest Train: 28 St (R, W, 6) or 23 St (F, V)

Arrive 7:30pm. Screening 8pm.