This Friday Rick Castro hosts another Fetish Film Night at the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, just a block away from the office. (We’re practically next door neighbors with Rick, too, whose Antebellum Gallery is right around the corner from us.)
This FFN, Mr. Castro has put together a very exciting program about the Radical Faeries in honor of their 30th anniversary, including a 40 min. excerpt of the film Dances Sacred and Profane, as well as several short films about the Faeries. Details after the jump.
Friday, March 13 – 7:30PM FETISH FILM NIGHT [Spielberg Theatre] RADICAL FAERIES PROGRAM Approx. 75min. Various short films from radical faeries, featuring: DANCES SACRED AND PROFANE (1985, an excerpt running approx. 40 min.) Dir. Mark & Dan Jury.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of Radical Faeries, Rick Castro is proud to present this program. In August 1979 a group of gay men met in the Arizona desert. Frustrated with the limitations of the urban environment, gay men of all ages and backgrounds began exploration of themselves and sexuality in more organic forms. Various factions of Radical Faeries continue to this day.
This program and exhibition explore the movement’s roots and where may be going in the future. DANCES SACRED AND PROFANE introduced Fakir Musafar, the grandfather of the Modern Primitive movement, to the world. Fakir Musafar has lead an extraordinary life. Since the age of 14 he has been creating self-portrait photographs of his own body modifications, (in some cases in his mother’s bedroom while they were away for the weekend) and life exploration of body play ceremonies. Along with Jim Ward, (who opened the first piercing studio, The Gauntlet in 1970) Fakir performs — for real –the first ever filming of the Sioux Sundance ceremony, which Richard Harris immortalized in simulation in the film A MAN CALLED HORSE. Included is extraordinary footage of Fakir hanging suspended from flesh hooks that have been pierced through his chest. Fetish photographer Charles Gatewood is also periodically featured as the program’s commentator.
Various short films inspired by Radical Faeries will also be presented. This program features graphic imagery, including simulated bloody rituals involving sexual cannibalism and is not for those who are squeamish or easily offended. After the screening, the FFN Audience is invited to discuss this remarkable film, and visit Antebellum Gallery for a viewing of Radical Faeries featuring images by Fakir and many faerie artists. This will be a very special event!
FFN is once-monthly series hosted by Rick Castro of Antebellum Gallery. Each screening will be followed by an informal discussion and debate with the audience. All screenings for this series will have fetish as the main theme and subject matter.
Rick Castro is an independent curator, filmmaker and photographer working and living in Los Angeles his entire life. Castro explores the worlds of fetish and subculture. Rick’s photography is in the permanent collections of the Alfred Kinsey Institute. His books and magazines are archived at the UCLA Library and the Leather Museum in Chicago. See www.antebellum.us.ms and www.rickcastro.com for more information.
This series is for audiences 18 and over. Discussion following the film with the audience moderated by Rick Castro.