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TRUE BLUE & DREAMY II: The Short Films of Curt McDowell – FREE!
October 18, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
TRUE BLUE & DREAMY II
The Short Films of CURT McDOWELL
Recent 16mm Restorations
Program II: PEEING INTO THE WIND
The MILWAUKEE LGBT FILM/VIDEO FESTIVAL is thrilled to present two programs of these recent restorations of the short films of this legendary figure from 1970s San Francisco and cinema’s sexually antic underground.
Writes his mentor, sometimes collaborator, and sometimes sexual partner GEORGE KUCHAR, “Curt, cute, controversial, and not celibate. He was a barrel of laughs and a roller coaster ride to hell and back. Life for him was a fast track to fast times that included devilish detours into forbidden erogenous zones. He explored all those zones with a zealous zeal: painter, pornographer, poet of the plebeian and the perverse; you name it (or sing it since he also wrote songs) and it all rings true.”
PEEING IN THE WIND will present:
KATHLEEN TRAILER (for Underground Cinema 12)
(16mm, color, sound, 1.5min., 1972)
A VISIT TO INDIANA (16MM VERSION)
(16mm, color, sound, 10min. 1970)
TRUTH FOR RUTH
(16mm, b/w, sound, 4min., 1972)
(16mm, b/w, sound, 4min., 1972)
PEED INTO THE WIND
(16mm, b/w, sound, 54min., 1972)
Total Running Time: 73.5 min.
All films to be presented on 16mm
Restorations courtesy of ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE
Much love to MARK TOSCANO
Thanks also to CANYON CINEMA
“A filmmaker, actor, visual artist, and writer, McDowell arrived in San Francisco in the mid-1960s to attend the San Francisco Art Institute in the painting department and quickly changed course to become a filmmaker to work with George Kuchar, within a period that witnessed the Summer of Love, gay liberation, and the onset of AIDS, to which he succumbed at the age of 42. He directed over 30 films, celebrating sex as well as genre riffing and autobiographical narratives that bear the influences of Jack Smith’s lush, DIY camp aesthetic, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s explosive melodrama, and Nan Goldin’s glimpses of countercultural bohemia”
— THE TENDERLOIN MUSEUM
“Familiar to most underground filmmakers, Curt McDowell’s name was tied with mystery, novelty, and zeal. With an exceptionally bold expression of sexuality and an autobiographical perspective of narration, McDowell’s films reflected his obsession with and curiosity for exploring sexuality. When McDowell passed of AIDS in 1987, he left behind his entire life’s work—including films, paintings, and scrapbooks—which first were protected under Curt McDowell Foundation and later were placed under the care of his sister, Melinda, when the Foundation no longer existed. The Academy Film Archive recently launched a program to restore Curt McDowell’s complete collection of films.”
— ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE, the institution that restored these films — again: all hail preservationist MARK TOSCANO! — and generously ushered these prints into circulation.
TRUE BLUE & DREAMY I: THE SHORT FILMS OF CURT McDOWELL
Program I: STINKY WIENERS & DREAMY BEAVERS will screen Tuesday, October 11, 7pm. In attendance: MELINDA McDOWELL MILKS, McDowell’s sister, sometimes star, caretaker and champion of McDowell’s legacy
Presented as part of Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Cinema, as part of the 31st Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival
AIDS RESOURCE CENTER OF WISCONSIN
QUEER ZINE ARCHIVE PROJECT
EXPERIMENTAL TUESDAYS AT THE UNION CINEMA
The 31st Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival opens on Wednesday, October 12th and continues October 14-23.
The Festival is presented by the Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres in the UWM Peck School of the Arts.
The Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Cream City Foundation, Wisconsin Gazette, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Pride, Jack H. Smith of Shorewest Realtors, Bronze Optical, and Joseph R. Pabst.