FILM LOVE presents


Friday, December 9, 2011
8:00 pm at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
$5     ($3 with ACAC membership)

still image from Andy Warhol's Kiss (1963-64)

At the height of his notoriety as an artist, Andy Warhol virtually abandoned painting to become a filmmaker, and his 1960s films are among his most significant achievements. Yet for the most part Warhol’s films are not easily seen today. On December 9 at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Film Love continues its ongoing exploration of Warhol’s cinema with a screening of Kiss.

Kiss consists of a series of three-minute shots of couples kissing, strung together to make a larger film. The individual reels that make up Kiss were the first Warhol films ever shown in public, and they began a revolution in international independent cinema.

Like all of Warhol’s early films, Kiss looked back to the cinema of the 1890s (silent, single shots of a particular activity or person) and suggested radical directions for the future (minimalist and "structural" film, and content reflecting new sexual values). Most of all, Kiss is a powerful visual experience. The radically different kissing styles on display, Warhol’s careful framing and lighting, and slow-motion projection all combine to make a meditative yet celebratory study of human desire.

Kiss (Andy Warhol, 1963-64), 16mm, black & white, silent, 48 min
The John C. Rice – May Irwin Kiss (William Heise, 1896), 35mm shown on video, black & white, silent, 20 sec
The Kiss (unknown, 1900), 35mm shown on video, black & white, silent, 40 sec

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
535 Means Street NW
Atlanta, GA, 30318

ANDY WARHOL #8 is co-sponsored by the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

ANDY WARHOL #8 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.

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