Willard Maas

Willard
Maas

He was the husband of filmmaker Marie Menken. The couple achieved some renown in New York City's modern art world of the 1940s through the 1960s, both for their experimental films and for their salons, ...

Films

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    Andy Warhol's Silver Flotations
    Experimental

    Andy Warhol's Silver Flotations
    Willard Maas

    16mm, color, sound, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Arts / Artists
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    Narcissus
    Experimental

    Narcissus
    Willard Maas

    16mm, black and white, sound, 59 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Literarature / Theater
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    Geography of the Body
    Experimental

    Geography of the Body
    Willard Maas

    16mm, black and white, sound, 7 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Arts / Artists
    • Body
    • Literarature / Theater
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    Image In The Snow
    Experimental

    Image In The Snow
    Willard Maas

    16mm, black and white, sound, 29 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Political / Social Activism
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    Mechanics of Love
    Experimental

    Mechanics of Love
    Willard Maas

    16mm, black and white, sound, 7 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Literarature / Theater
    • Philosophical
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    Visions of Warhol
    Documentary
    Experimental

    Visions of Warhol
    Willard Maas

    black and white, silent and sound, 56 min
    Rental format: DVD PAL
    • Arts / Artists
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    Excited Turkeys
    Experimental

    Excited Turkeys
    Willard Maas

    16mm, color, sound, 12 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Comedy
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    Orgia
    Experimental

    Orgia
    Willard Maas

    16mm, color, sound, 12 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Erotic

Biography

According to their associate, Andy Warhol, 'Willard and Marie were the last of the great bohemians. They wrote and filmed and drank -- their friends called them 'scholarly drunks' -- and were involved with all the modern poets.

In the 1960s, Maas was a faculty member at Wagner College and an organizer of the New York City Writer's Conference at the college where Edward Albee was a writer in residence. The filmmaker Kenneth Anger indicates that Maas and Menken may have been a significant part of the inspiration for the characters of George and Martha in Edward Albee's 1962 play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Scott McDonald - 'A Critical Cinema: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers' (University of California Press - 1988).

Maas died on January 2 1971, four days after Menken had died of alcohol related illness. He was cremated.