Radley Metzger on Russ Meyer, Playboy and Censorship in America

Posted on August 10, 2014 Comment

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:


William S. Burroughs: London Moka Bar

Posted on August 5, 2014 Comment

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.


LYDIA LUNCH AT TRANS-PECOS

Posted on July 4, 2014 Comment

Lydia Lunch at Trans-Pecos

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”:


Imperium Pictures and Teen Angel Movie at Catland Art Show

Posted on April 14, 2014 Comment
'Secret Signals' a collaborative film project by Imperium Picutures and Teen Angel

‘Secret Signals’ a film by Imperium Picutures and Teen Angel. Saturday, April 12, 2014.

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.

Christina Dallas (aka Teen Angel) poses with her spirit photography. Saturday, April 12, 2014

Christina Dallas (aka Teen Angel) poses with her spirit photography. Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Phil Weaver of Imperium Pictures poses with the 'Secret Signals' movie

Phil Weaver of Imperium Pictures poses with the ‘Secret Signals’ movie.


James Wasserman’s ‘In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult 1966-1989′

Posted on March 18, 2013 Comment

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.

James Wasserman, author of 'In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult 1966-1989' March 17, 2013


The Art of Harvey Kurtzman Exhibition at the Society of Illustrators

Posted on March 9, 2013 Comment

“After MAD, drugs were nothing!” — Patti Smith

The Society of Illustrators is currently exhibiting the work of artist Harvey Kurtzman (1924-1993) in a comprehensive retrospective running through May 11, 2013:

“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.

Read filmmaker Terry Gilliam’s tribute to Harvey Kurtzman here.

Al Jaffee at the Society of Illustrators March 8, 2013

Robert Grossman and Alison Porter at the Society of Illustrators March 8, 2013


Boing Boing Channel for Virgin America Air to Feature ‘Alchemy’ Short

Posted on February 14, 2013 1 Comment

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.

http://boingboing.net/2013/02/08/paul-laffoleys-alchemy-th.html


Boing Boing shares Paul Laffoley’s Alchemy: The Telenomic Process of the Universe

Posted on February 8, 2013 Comment

“A short documentary from Imperium Pictures on artist Paul Laffoley’s painting, Alchemy: The Telenomic Process of the Universe…”

http://boingboing.net/2013/02/08/paul-laffoleys-alchemy-th.html


Dangerous Minds features Paul Laffoley’s Alchemy: The Telenomic Process of the Universe

Posted on February 6, 2013 Comment

“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.”

Read more here:

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/alchemy_the_telenomic_process_of_the_universe

Alchemy: The Telenomic Process of the Universe


Paul Laffoley’s Alchemy: The Telenomic Process of the Universe on Disinformation

Posted on February 5, 2013 Comment
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