The Film Society of Lincoln Center is currently running a retrospective on erotic cinema director Radley Metzger. The series “This Is Softcore: The Art Cinema Erotica of Radley Metzger” goes from August 7-13 and features eight of the director’s softcore films. Metzger took erotic cinema to the level of high art during the sexual revolution of the 60s and 70s by bringing a literary backbone, sumptuous production design and a celebration of sex as a “unifying force” to the genre. In the following clip from the August 7 post-screening Q&A, Metzger discusses the impact his contemporaries, Russ Meyer and Hugh Hefner, had on the erosion of censorship in America:
A meditation on William S. Burroughs’ concept of the “magical universe” and his use of audio/visual equipment as magical weapons against the London Moka Bar.
We enjoyed shooting the exquisite Lydia Lunch at Trans-Pecos in Ridgewood last night (July 3, 2014). Check out her mind-blowing cover of Suicide’s “Frankie Teardrop”:
A collaborative film project by Teen Angel (aka Christina Dallas) and Phil Weaver of Imperium Pictures played the opening night of Dallas’ Secret Signals photography exhibit at Catland, a Brooklyn occult bookstore.
James Wasserman is the founder of the Ordo Templi Orientis’ (O.T.O.) NYC Tahuti Lodge, and is one of the foremost practitioners and exponents of the magical system of Aleister Crowley. In Imperium Pictures’ upcoming piece on Wasserman, he discusses his book In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult 1966-1989 and takes us on a journey through the New York occult scene of the ’70s and ’80s, including encounters with Jimmy Page, Harry Smith and Alejandro Jodorowsky.
“After MAD, drugs were nothing!” — Patti Smith
“Cartoonist, writer, and editor Harvey Kurtzman (1924-1993) was the founding editor and creator of the most important comics satire magazine in twentieth century America — MAD. He later founded the satire publications TRUMP, HUMBUG, and HELP!, and co-created Little Annie Fanny for PLAYBOY, considered the most lavish comic strip ever created. Kurtzman was described by The New York Times as having been “one of the most important figures in postwar America.” - Society of Illustrators
Imperium Pictures is currently working on a short video about the show.
We are delighted to announce that Boing Boing’s in-flight channel for Virgin America airlines will run our short on Paul Laffoley’s Alchemy: The Telenomic Process of the Universe in the spring. The short documentary, in which artist Paul Laffoley discusses his 1973 painting Alchemy at a recent exhibition at Kent Fine Art, will play on all planes on Virgin America channel 10.
“A short documentary from Imperium Pictures on artist Paul Laffoley’s painting, Alchemy: The Telenomic Process of the Universe…”
“The gents at Imperium Pictures have put together this terrific short film of artist Paul Laffoley discussing his 1973 painting ‘Alchemy: The Telenomic Process of the Universe’ in New York recently.”
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