Beginning with Marie Losier’s first 16mm film portrait, from 2003, this program brings together the artist’s signature experimental documentaries about musicians and filmmakers from New York’s avant-garde scene, where Losier found a creative home in the 1990s. The playful, oneiric environments that Losier crafts with her subjects share a metaphysical air, which is especially pronounced in this juxtaposition of titles made over the course of a decade. From a floating Mike Kuchar recounting the memory of being born moments before his twin (and fellow underground film legend) George, to Richard Forman reflecting on desire and interconnectedness onstage and off, to life at home with Alan Vega, lovingly recorded with his family at his side, Losier hints at the shared imagination and impulses that make us human. Other cinematic environments from Losier thrive in a different register, as seen in a pair of rooftop capers starring George Kuchar made in the mid-2000s. From a picnic in housecoats interrupted by killer bees to celestial voyagers arriving in a giant pot of spaghetti, these B-movie riffs, unfolding against a background of Manhattan skyscrapers, display Losier’s great ability to create fantasy with the simplest ingredients. Program approx. 75 min.
Bird Bath and Beyond. 2003. USA. Directed by Marie Losier. With Mike Kuchar. 16mm transferred to video. 13 min.
Eat My Makeup! 2005. USA. Directed by Marie Losier. With George Kuchar, Marie Losier, Jason Livingston, Paul Shepard. 16mm transferred to video. 6 min.
Draw Me Now. 2007/2018. USA. Directed by Marie Losier. With Peter Hristoff. 16mm transferred to video. 6 min.
The Ontological Cowboy. 2005. USA. Directed by Marie Losier. With Richard Foreman, Juliana Francis, Tom Ryder Smith, Jay Smith. Music from Forman’s play King Cowboy Rufus Rules the Universe. 16mm transferred to video. 16 min.
Hermaphrodite. 2013. USA. Directed by Marie Losier. Music by Marisol Limon. 16mm transferred to video. 3 min.
Flying Saucey! 2006. USA. Directed by Marie Losier. With Dónal Ó Céilleachair, Paul Shepard, Sebastien S. Santamaria. Music by Ianthe Jackson. 16mm transferred to video. 11 min.
Peaches and Jesper fell from a boat, who remains afloat? 2013. USA. Directed by Marie Losier. With Peaches, Jesper Just. Video. 5 min.
Alan Vega: Just a Million Dreams. 2014. USA. Directed by Marie Losier. With Alan Vega, Liz Lamere, Dante Vega. 16mm transferred to video. 16 min.