FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Margot Gerber
213.466.3456, ext. 115
March 11, 1999
AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUES INDEPENDENT FILM SHOWCASE
THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN PRESENTS TWO NEW INDEPENDENT FILMS
WADD: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes (March 25)
AND AFRAID OF EVERYTHING (April 8)
HOLLYWOOD The American Cinematheques THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN: A FORUM FOR INDEPENDENT FILM EXHIBITION & BEYOND... presents two new independent feature films in March and April. On Thursday, March 25th at 7:30 pm is the LA PREMIERE of Cass Paleys WADD: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes (120 min.), a documentary about the skinny, bushy haired kid who became the biggest name in adult entertainment. The short film "Self-Portrait: Women Loving Women" (15 min.) from Los Angeles artist Heilman-C will precede the feature. On Thursday, April 8th at 7:30 PM is a SPECIAL SCREENING of the Sundance Film Festival 1999 Official Selection AFRAID OF EVERYTHING (80 min.), a gracefully executed psychological drama starring French actress Nathalie Richard (IRMA VEP) as half of a repressed couple whose lives are stirred up by the visit of Richards free-spirited Israeli half-sister. The film is directed by David Barker. Michael Derrossetts short film "La Reve De La Mere" (15 min.) precedes the feature. All filmmakers are scheduled to appear in-person at their respective screenings subject to their availability. All screenings are at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood (between Las Palmas Ave. & McCadden Place).
WADD: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes (1999, 120 min.):
Sex. Drugs. Betrayal. Murder. AIDS. In Cass Paleys comprehensive
documentary, the mythology of John C. Holmes both unravels and grows denser
as his character both on and off screen is dissected and analyzed in the
recollections of those whose lives he left indelible marks upon. From his
abusive childhood in rural Ohio to his rise to super- stardom in 1970s porn as detective "Johnny Wadd" to his dissent into drug
addiction and finally his death from AIDS this film lays bare the darker
side of Holmes persona and the bizarre, sociopathic reality that governed
his daily existence. The people in his life (many who were the basis for
characters in the film BOOGIE NIGHTS) who speak about the deeply troubled,
but charismatic Holmes include: the wife he married when he was only 17 and
kept secret from his porn industry colleagues for 19 years; his 15-year-old
mistress whom he pimped for drugs and money (and who developed a close,
mother-daughter relationship with wife Sharon Holmes, a nurse who led an
apparently "normal" life completely removed from her porn star husbands);
the police detectives who investigated the drug-related murder in which
Holmes was a primary suspect; Holmes last wife, a manipulative porn starlet
who kept friends and family away as he lay dying; and a myriad of adult film
stars and filmmakers, friends and historians.
Says LA Times critic Kenneth Turan, "This is really an American story, this
story, what happened to John. The reinvention of self, the rags to riches
and ultimate self-destruction that is so clich, is embodied in WADD but
when sex, drugs, a sociopathic mind and a 14-inch penis are thrown in, the
story is far from clich.
The short "Self-Portrait: Women Loving Women" (15 min.) turns an element of
subculture on its ear by bringing it to the masses. Here the artist
documents peoples reactions to her art exhibit which depicts women loving
women. Artist/filmmaker Heilman Cs website gives more information about her
AFRAID OF EVERYTHING (1999, 80 min.):
French actress Nathalie Richard (of IRMA VEP and several Assayas and Jacques
Rivette films) makes her English language debut in this American independent
film with a distinctly European flavor. Two half-sisters raised apart one
French, the other Israeli come together in New York, a year after the
older sister (Richard) lost her leg in an accident. Now Anne doesnt go out.
She spends her days making endless "home improvements" to the spacious loft
she shares with her tightly-wound husband Donnie (Daniel Aukin). When
impulsive, extroverted, 18-year-old Iris (Sarah Adler) bursts into Annes
life, her bold tell-it-like-it-is honesty disrupts the coupless quiet,
awkward existence. As their delicately balanced relationship falters, Iris
provokes them into examing their unspoken anguish over the most intimate of
issues. Richards trademark all- encompassing smile is even more luminous in
the films gorgeous black & white palette (the filmmakers looked at films from
the 30s and 40s shot by cinematographer John Alton (T-MEN) for
inspiration). Says Rebecca Yeldham in the 1999 Sundance Film Festival
catalog, " despite the intensity of its revelations, the film maintains a
buoyant levity, gently steering us and its narrative toward laughter and
optimism in the face of grave awakenings."
In his Variety review, Dennis Harvey wrote, "Elegantly crafted and acted,
intriguing an absorbing and intelligent diversion . Could pass as a Harold
Pinter play "
Michael Derrossetts short film "La Reve De La Mer" (15 min.) is a hypnotic
glimpse into the subconscious of a young French woman coming to terms with
an indifferent lover.
All films are available on tape for press preview. Press kits are available
upon request. Please call for photos or to arrange interviews with
filmmakers. Call 323.466.3456, ext. 115 to schedule interviews or to receive
Ticket giveaways are available to all broadcast programs in the LA area or
through websites. Please call for details.
The Alternative Screen: A Forum For Independent Film Exhibition And
Beyond..., the American Cinematheques on-going series focusing on
independent and new forms of cinema was created to serve the public as well
as the independent film community in Los Angeles by providing a year-round
venue for independent feature films that have not yet secured wide
commercial distribution. Whatever the ALTERNATIVE SCREEN offers from month
to month, it promises to be provocative, innovative and fiercely
independent. Select Alternative Screen alumni include THE BIBLE & GUN CLUB,
HABIT, STAR MAPS and THE LAST BIG THING.
The Alternative Screen takes on-going submissions for consideration of
fiercely independent work in all genres. Please send a 1/2" tape to: Margot
Gerber, The Alternative Screen, c/o American Cinematheque, 1800 N. Highland
Avenue, Suite 717, Hollywood, CA., 90028. Include a SASE if you would like
your tape returned. Inquiries should be directed to 323.466.3456, ext. 115.
Short films should be sent to the attention of Andrew Crane.
For information regarding the Alternative Screen or any other American
Cinematheque event, please call (213) 466-FILM. THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO
CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
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