Synopsis: Prominent filmmakers, film theorists, gender theorists, and artists come together in this experimental documentary that interrogates normative notions of gender, sexuality, and performance. Shot primarily on Super 8mm film, “Masculinity/Femininity” is a document of gender de-construction. The Blu-ray and DVD have a roster of special features, including: subtitles in English and French, ten unabridged performances, an additional scene with film theorist Harry Benshoff, the theatrical trailer, and a booklet featuring the complete, unabridged script for “Masculinity/Femininity,” including the written source material for James Franco and Russell Sheaffer’s short film “Masculinity & Me.”
Jack Sargeant’s first new book dedicated to Underground Film since 1999 sees the cult author return to the physical, body-focused and transgressive films that first seduced him. With Flesh & Excess: On Underground Film, the focus is now divided between the historical, theoretical and philosophical. Starting with an exploration of the return to the shock of the body in underground film in the 1980s and the growth of underground film in the ’90s, he explores and defines an underground cinema that remains radical and contemporary, informing subcultures and independent cinema today. Primarily focusing on a handful of key works by two award-winning underground filmmakers (Usama Alshaibi and Aryan Kaganof), Sargeant examines the the desire – even the need – for a shocking bodily representations and interventions. Punctuating his writing with philosophical analysis, explorations of areas as diverse as industrial culture, surrealism, butoh dance, fine art and medical fetishism, the book challenges the reader to examine the very nature of pleasure, of viewing and of experiencing cinema. Comprehensively illustrated throughout.
The cover commemorates influential underground filmmaker George Kuchar who passed away in September 2011, with an interview between George and critic & curator Ed Halter featured in the magazine. Also in this issue: an interview with Weekend director Andrew Haigh; visual artist Marlene McCarty talks about her career including her work with Gran Fury and the New Queer Cinema; Terence Davies’ Video Library; editor Sam Ashby investigates Derek Jarman’s set designs for Ken Russell’s The Devils; artist Scott Ewalt reminisces about his experiences of Times Square’s long lost burlesque theatres, porn cinemas and erotic revue bars; a reflection on the career of horror director Andy Milligan including never-before-seen photos of him on set; an essay on Gregg Bordowitz’ Fast Trip, Long Drop; Celine Sciamma talks her latest film Tomboy; and cult filmmaker David DeCoteau discusses how he ended up making ‘horror movies for girls’. Plus a special illustrated supplement by Mike Mills, director of Beginners. Out of Print. Quantities extremely limited.