THE BRIGHT BULB SCREENING SERIES 2020
Free Screenings @ 8pm The Second Thursday of Each Month
Thursday June 11, 2020:
MAGGOT TANGO (1995, directed by Andrew Repasky McElhinney, 33 minutes,
KIDS (1995, directed by Larry Clark, 100 minutes, U.S.)
Andrew Repasky McElhinney (director of CHRONICLE OF CORPSES, CHRISTMAS
The Underground legend surfaces for one night only!
25th anniversary 4K digital restoration of director Andrew Repasky
McElhinney's third movie, A Maggot Tango. Filmed when he was sixteen
years old in the woods and old public buildings around Chestnut Hill,
Philadelphia, A Maggot Tango is now in the permanent collection of The
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Shot as a silent on B&W Ilford
16MM negative film, and matched in post-production to an electric
playlist on the soundtrack, A Maggot Tango follows the descent of a
young woman named "A" (18-year-old Erica Downie, in a committed and
fearless performance) who runs away from home, and perhaps kills
herself, only to become trapped in an increasingly surreal nightmare
filled with her disturbed parents, an angel, a dead little boy, a car
crash, two random polysexual hook-ups, drugs, cannibals, and the specter
of Death herself as well as several tango dance sequences.
strange, grotesque, violently comic. Inspired by silent movies, the
avant-garde cinema of the 20s, 30s, 40 & 50s, the underground films
of the 1960s, and the cult movies of the 1970s. Part lyrical art film,
part seedy sexploitation picture. Come celebrate A Maggot Tango, a
pivotal early work from Andrew Repasky McElhinney, one of our
great contemporary film directors.
Director, cast and crew in attendance.
KIDS (1995 / 100 minutes)
summer we made A Maggot Tango, we would film during the day, and go to
clubs, or house parties, or diners, or go see Kids at night. Kids was
18+ so we had to get around that but we must-of seen the picture five or
six times. If those kids weren't us, they were certainly kids we knew,
and it was so thrilling, empowering, and sad, to see a version of our
maladjusted world, up there on screen, as we were living it."—Andrew
Photographer turned director Larry Clark and
screenwriter Harmony Korine's very-90s classic is a prurient,
reactionary scare film rubbing your face in the way it is. However,
reactionary melodrama is transformed by breathtaking cinematography
(Eric Edwards), editing (Christopher Tellefsen) and raw and fearless
performances from the cast (including the big screen debuts of future
stars Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny).
Admission is FREE