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Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 8:00 PM
Dir. Jack Smith | USA | 1962-1965 | 103 min. | NR | 16mm
co-presented by the Belcourt Theatre and Third Man Records

623 7th Ave S – Nashville, TN 37203


Third Man Records
7pm doors, 8pm film
$10 / $8 Belcourt Members
 
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Light and Sound Machine is a monthly screening series of marginalized cinema, both new and repertory, co-presented by the Belcourt Theatre and Third Man Records in Third Man Record’s Blue Room. 


Jack Smith minted his legendary status as a figurehead of underground cinema and cultural provocateur with FLAMING CREATURES, a writhing esoteric montage of hedonistic expression that attacked standards of decency, both in the realm of artistic practice and social acceptability. Shot on stolen and expired military film stock with a budget of only $300, the film garnered a degree of attention that many multi-million dollar studio productions could only wish for...for better and for worse. Police seized the film at its 1963 New York premiere and lodged obscenity charges against screening organizers Jonas Mekas, Ken Jacobs and Florence Karpf. Subsequently, it was banned in 22 other states. To this day it remains arguably the most heavily persecuted artwork in American history.

It will be preceded by YELLOW SEQUENCE, a sort of addendum to Smith's second feature, NORMAL LOVE, but which stands on its own as an anarchic ode to (and explosion of) pop culture, featuring none other than Tiny Tim. Newly restored prints of both FLAMING CREATURES and YELLOW SEQUENCE courtesy of the Gladstone Gallery.  

"I genuflect before Jack Smith, the only true 'underground' filmmaker." —John Waters

Preceded by ECLIPSE CINEMA:
(various artists, digital & 16mm, approx running time 45min)

A special collection of cinematic explorations and invocations of the celestial ballet, in celebration of the total solar eclipse on Aug 21. Featuring work by Georges Méliès, Chris Marker, Ed Emshwiller, and more.