Film Love, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Film Studies at Emory and Studies in Sexualities at Emory present:
JACK SMITH'S NORMAL
Friday, November 30, 2012
8:00 pm at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
$8 general | $5 student/senior | Free with ACAC membership
An artist who excelled in photography, filmmaking, performance art (long before that term was in use), and general theatrical experience, Jack Smith was the creator of his own strange, sumptuous universe. Mixing the high camp exotica of such 1940s Hollywood films as Arabian Nights and Cobra Woman with 1960s pop art and polymorphous gender play, Smith was a visionary whose works look both utterly contemporary and completely out of time.
On November 30, Film Love presents the newly restored version of Normal Love, a key work in Smith’s aesthetic. Normal Love is part satire on heterosexuality, part horror film, part comedy – and the rest of the equation must be filled in by the film’s viewers. Mermaids, Pink Fairies, Green Mummies, Werewolves, and Cobra Women cavort in luscious color, in a costume epic as opulent as any Hollywood fantasy.
Normal Love was never completed by Smith – he continually re-edited it, sometimes during the course of a single screening – and this restored version allows us to see the sometimes astonishing material with which Smith created his theatricalized film projections. Challenging and beautiful, uncompromising and unclassifiable, Normal Love is an act of queer cinematography, and an essential part of the story of underground film.
Normal Love (Jack Smith, 1963-65) 120 min
The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
535 Means Street NW
Atlanta, GA, 30318
JACK SMITH'S NORMAL LOVE is co-sponsored by the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Film Studies at Emory and Studies in Sexualities at Emory.
JACK SMITH'S NORMAL LOVE is a Film Love event, programmed and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love promotes awareness of the rich history of experimental and avant-garde film. Through public screenings and events, Film Love preserves the communal viewing experience, provides space for the discussion of film as art, and explores alternative forms of moving image projection and viewing. Film Love was voted Best Film Series in Atlanta by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006, and was featured in Atlanta Magazine's Best of Atlanta 2009.