Jack Smith

Scotch Tape (1959-62) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: queer

Note: Sound on Film. With Jerry Sims, Ken Jacobs and Reese Haire. 16mm Kodachrome shot on the rubble strewn site of the future Lincoln Center. The title arises from the piece of scotch tape which had become wedged in the camera gate. Brand new distribution print courtesy of the Gladstone Gallery.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jack Smith

Overstimulated (1959-63) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: queer

Note: This film is silent. "This short film, restored in 1995, stars Jerry Sims and the late filmmaker, Bob Fleischner. It is an early filmic exploration of the 'aesthetic of delirium' which Smith developed in his later films. At one time, in the 1970s this film was treated by Smith as a fragment, and included in various film/performances with No President. The audio cassette has 12 minutes of material and can be played at any point for the duration of the film." -- J. T. Plaster Foundation -- Brand new distribution print courtesy of Gladstone Gallery.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jack Smith

Flaming Creatures (1962-3) 16mm, black and white, 43 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Erotic, Queer / Bi / Trans

Note: sound on film. "[Jack Smith] has graced the anarchic liberation of new American cinema with graphic and rhythmic power worthy of the best of formal cinema. He has attained for the first time in motion pictures a high level of art which is absolutely lacking in decorum; and a treatment of sex which makes us aware of the restraint of all previous filmmakers. "He has shown more clearly than anyone before how the poet's license includes all things, not only of spirit, but also of flesh; not only of dreams and of symbol, but also of solid reality. In no other art but the movies could this have so fully been done; and their capacity was realized by Smith." -- Film Culture "During its final deliberation, the selection jury decided to state explicitly that the majority of its members recognized the aesthetical and experimental qualities of the film FLAMING CREATURES by Jack Smith, but had to ascertain unanimously that the showing of it was impossible in regard to Belgian laws." -- Program Notes, Third International Experimental Film Competition, Knokke-Le-Zoute, Belgium, 1964 Awards: Fifth Independent Film Award, Film Culture; Prix Film Maudit, Third Int'l Film Exposition, Knokke-Le-Zoute, Belgium, 1964. Brand New distribution print courtesy of Gladstone Gallery.

Rental: $195.00
16mm Rental: $195.00

Jack Smith

I Was A Male Yvonne De Carlo (1967-70s) 16mm, black and white, 28 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Queer / Bi / Trans

Note: Sound on CD. Restored by Jerry Tartaglia, 1997. "I WAS A MALE YVONNE DECARLO, which stars Smith himself, takes its title from one of his live performances: I Was a Male Yvonne DeCarlo for the Lucky Landlord Underground, staged in the early 1980s. Shot mainly during the late '60s and edited a decade or more later, I WAS A MALE YVONNE DECARLO is one of several films and slide shows that feature the filmmaker as a mock celebrity. It opens with the excerpt from No President originally called 'Marsh Gas of Flatulandia' -- several minutes of black and white footage of steam escaping from manholes segues to an interior scene of various creatures emerging from dry ice vapors - then shifts to show the filmmaker, clad in a leopard skin jump suit, attended by a nurse as he sits amidst the detritus of his duplex loft on Grand and Greene Street. "Smith waits under the visible movie lights, drumming the fingers. A fan presents him with a black and white glamour shot (Smith in profile, posed with a sinuously curved dagger) to autograph as the Warhol Superstar Ondine, dressed entirely in black leather, snaps his picture. Violence erupts as the nurse takes out a whip to discipline the star's fans. When a female creature pulls out the same dagger depicted in the glamour shot, Smith jumps up and shakes the weapon from her hand. The action is post-scripted with footage of a steam shovel patrolling the rubble where the Broadway Central hotel once stood." -- J. Hoberman Note: Sound on tape from the Jack Smith Record Collection (Jerry Tartaglia). Brand new distribution print courtesy of the Gladstone Gallery

16mm Rental: $120.00

Jack Smith

Respectable Creatures (1950-66) 16mm, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Note: Sound on CD. This film, titled by Jack Smith, is an unusual blending of his first known film, "Buzzards Over Baghdad" with stray images from "Normal Love" concluding with material which he shot at Carnaval in Rio circa 1967. Distribution print courtesy of the Gladstone Gallery.

16mm Rental: $100.00

Jack Smith

Normal Love (1963-65) 16mm, color, 120 min

Genre: Experimental

Note: Sound on CD. Smith's second feature length film appears to derive from his adoration of Maria Montez, the B- movie star best know for her performance in "Cobra Woman." It features a variety of 30's horror film monsters, a mermaid, a lecher, and various cuties performed by a cast which included Mario Montez, John Vaccaro, Diane DePrima, Beverly Grant, Tiny Tim, and others. Brand new distribution print courtesy of the Gladstone Gallery.

16mm Rental: $480.00

Jack Smith

Yellow Sequence (1963-65) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Note: Sound on CD. This is a gold-toned coda to "Normal Love". Brand new distribution print courtesy of the Gladstone Gallery.

16mm Rental: $60.00

Jack Smith

Jungle Island (1967) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

AKA Reefers of Technicolor Island. Note: Sound on CD. A tropical island fantasy featuring Mario Montez. Brand new distribution print courtesy of the Gladstone Gallery.

16mm Rental: $80.00

Jack Smith

No President (1967-70) 16mm, b/w, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

Note: Sound on CD. Smith's third feature film was originally titled "The Kidnapping of Wendell Willkie by the Love Bandit," in reaction to the 1968 Presidential Campaign. Willkie was a liberal Republican who ran against FDR in the 1940's. It mixes B&W footage of Smith's creatures with old campaign footage of Willkie. The climax of the work appears to be the "auctioning" of the presidential candidate at the convention. Brand new distribution print courtesy of Gladstone Gallery.

16mm Rental: $200.00

Jack Smith

Song for Rent (1969) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Note: Sound on CD. Filmmaker Jack Smith also stars in this funny short film, playing the cadaverous matron Rose Courtyard (inspired by Rose Kennedy). Dressed completely in red (gown, gloves, glasses, and wig), the wheelchair-bound Rose sits ceremoniously under an American flag, the floor littered with corpses, while Kate Smith sings "God Bless America" on the soundtrack. Rose is laden down with all sorts of odd paraphernalia (hot-water bottle, box of candy, ears of Indian corn, toilet brush, Valentine's Day card, football, etc.), which she keeps dropping. Besides tippling on a bottle of booze and spraying the air with Lysol, she also peruses a scrapbook of old theatrical clippings. Song for Rent ends with Rose shedding a tear. -- Nicole Gagne, Rovi -- Brand new distribution print courtesy of the Gladstone Gallery.

16mm Rental: $30.00

Jack Smith

Hot Air Specialists (1980s) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Note: Sound on CD. A documentation of a Jack Smith drag performance featuring a large red wig. Brand new distribution print courtesy of the Gladstone Gallery.

16mm Rental: $30.00

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