Saturday, March 29, 2014

Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (2006)

Fascinating documentary on one of the most significant figures in underground filmmaking and art. It's a refreshing reminder of a time when truly independent and DIY filmmaking was not the purview of dime-a-dozen film school grads with nothing to say, but instead could be an outlet for real personal expression and outrage. Smith's most famous film FLAMING CREATURES is still shocking today, both for its subject matter (it was banned in 22 states and four countries) as well as presenting a vision as bold and intensely personal as the medium has ever seen. A sobering reminder that there was a time when art could be valued for what made it unique, rather than conforming to mediocrity and sameness, and made by artists who truly did not give a damn about commercial success and mainstream approval.

Jack Smith, we need you now more than ever.

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