White Jazz is Nicola Black's highly acclaimed documentary that profiled cult crime writer James Ellroy.
Author of LA Confidential, The Black Dahlia and White Jazz, among other classics, Ellroy takes the viewer on a visceral journey through the streets of Los Angeles and some of the city’s most notorious homicides, including the horrific murder of his own mother in the nineteen fifties.
Duffy together with David Bailey and Terence Donovan is recognized as one of the innovators of “documentary" fashion photography, a style which revolutionized fashion imagery and furthermore the fashion industry. So influential were their images that in 1962 the Sunday Times dubbed Duffy, Bailey & Donovan the “Terrible Trio” and Norman Parkinson further added to their notoriety by naming them "The Black Trinity". Together they dominated the London photographic scene, constantly pushing each other to new heights. Even socially they would spend many hours together talking, living and breathing photography.
A NIGHT TO DISMEMBER
Dir: Doris Wishman, 1983.
69 min. USA.
FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH - MIDNIGHT
Craphounds, rejoice! A Night to Dismember is Doris Wishman’s bloody, boob-filled slasher that is as light on plot as it is on sense.
This no-budget affair deals with a supposedly “cursed” family on one fateful day when a deranged family member of the Kent family (porno starlet Samantha Fox) returns to their Midwestern estate and people start losing their heads (as well as hands, arms, and other appendages).
Shot mostly in Wishman’s house for what looks like loose pocket change, the film was apparently finished production when their film lab went bankrupt and a pissed-off employee ended up trashing more than half the film. It shows.
For my senior thesis project at Vassar I made this documentary about The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Founded in 1974 by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Gregory Corso, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and many other well known poets, artists, and intellectuals, the school remains a unique haven for writers and spiritual seekers. "Crazy Wisdom" explores the program's history, the integration of buddhism into the writing curriculum, and the inevitable changes the program has undergone over the last 35 years. It includes interviews with students and faculty members interspersed with archival audio material and footage from a documentary made about Naropa in 1978 entitled "Fried Shoes, Cooked Diamonds".