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.


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…”


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:


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

THE GENT: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge on Cardero’s Sun Worship

Posted on January 25, 2013 Comment

Check out this raw footage from our feature-length picture, The Gent, in which cultural engineer, artist and troubadour, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, discusses Cardero’s love of the sun. Ridgewood, Queens, December 2008.

VIA Other Music: Dance to the Future with Me: An Interview with Klaus Dinger’s Partner, Miki Yui

Posted on January 14, 2013 Comment

Thanks to our friends at Other Music for posting:

Last month, we were thrilled to host a release party at Other Music for Klaus Dinger’s limited (and now sold out) photo book Ihr könnt mich mal am Arsch lecken, arranged by his partner (and editor/publisher) MIki Yui. Shortly after the event, Imperium Pictures conducted this insightful interview with Yui, which features some great archival photos and film footage of this music maker, including his days in NEU! and La Dusseldorf…

Read more on the Other Music News blog



Dance to the Future with Me: An interview with Miki Yui on her partner, Klaus Dinger

Posted on January 11, 2013 Comment

Klaus Dinger (1946 – 2008) was a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Düsseldorf, Germany, who gained an international reputation as an early member of Kraftwerk and founder of the bands Neu! and La Düsseldorf. His propulsive drumming style was considered one of the “great beats in the ’70s” by Brian Eno. Neu! and La Düsseldorf have inspired many musicians, including Hawkwind, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Radiohead and Blur, and their influence continues to grow.

Official Page:

Dance to the Future with Me: An interview with Miki Yui on her partner, Klaus Dinger

Featuring Miki Yui

Produced by Damen Corrado

Directed by Phil Weaver

Copyright © 2013 Imperium Pictures. All rights reserved.

The Team that Put the Ken in Crowley Meets Gandhi

Posted on January 7, 2013 Comment

Phil Weaver, Damen Corrado, David Massengill, Lisi Russell and Judy Rosenberg at Gandhi Restaurant in the East Village, NYC

Imperium Pictures and friends, Lisi Russell and David Massengill, sought guidance from the saintly Bapu himself, Mahatma Gandhi, after discussing our upcoming project on Jet Propulsion Laboratory founder and disciple of Aleister Crowley, Jack Parsons.  This movie will feature Lisi’s husband, the legendary film director Ken Russell, as the “wickedest man in the world.” Thanks again, Lisi and David XO!

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