Jack Waters

Berlin/NY (1984) 16mm, color & b/w, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

16mm blowup from S8 @ 20 min. showing similarities of two landscapes 1984-'86 This super-8 film work was originally used as an element in a 1985 dance/theater work titled A Free Ride, a performance about crossing international borders. Ruined buildings, the remains of post war Berlin are juxtaposed with similar settings in New York's pre-gentrified mid '80s Lower East Side. Much of the urban rubble shown in the New York footage is now the site of expensive residential and commercial space. While the Berlin footage shows the scars of war, the New York devastation is a result of the late '70s fiscal default when land owners torched and scavenged their properties as a way of draining the last possible profit from real estate, after years of deliberate neglect in the impoverished communities that contained them. The film documents such a torching shot during a gallery opening that shocked observers, even though such landlord initiated arson was a common site. The location was eventually appropriated by the city of New York which acquired, then warehoused abandoned real estate after a specified period of tax delinquency. It later became a community garden under the auspices of Operation Greenthumb, a community program engendered to make aesthetic, social, and organic use of these lots that became neglected eyesores and centers for drug dealing and violence. This garden contained several casitas artfully constructed by the Latino residents that, despite much duress, still inhabit the area. In 1998 it was bulldozed by the City of New York. Like the Greenthumb gardens, similarly abandoned sites were resurrected by homesteaders and squatters who are routinely evicted from these, their homes, after years of ardent labor and expense. In the film, the inclusion of the Berlin wall's Checkpoint Charlie takes past and present transgressions of political force from the civic into a global context. The juxtaposition of the two locations posits the contention that the cycle of abuse that results in decrepit land sites is the result of a malignant principle in capitalism. It also underscores the power of the erasure of memory: The images of these barren landscapes prevalence, so commonplace in these major international cities less than 15 years ago.

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Jack Waters

Male GaYze, The (1990) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Jack Water's film, The Male GaYze was shown in the January-February 1994 media program at the Whitney Museum of American Art's exhibition, Black Male:Representations of Masculinity In Contemporary Art. The 1989 video short (11 minutes) presents an individual's observation of sexuality and power relations between men, a young African American dancer's reminiscence of his encounter with a famous Dutch choreographer. Approached from a personal perspective, the story is told in a casually direct voice-over that is read by the author/director. Issues of authority clash in a pedagogical combat zone. The depiction of seemingly random home movie-esque visuals cause the structures of text (masculine) and image (feminine) to form a contrapuntal relationship of identities. Waters constructs a theater where Black/White, European/American, Younger/Older; Experience and Beauty interact. Platonic in the original sense, the movie invites the viewer to engage in the process of experience itself, where one must make one's own reactive decisions. Like gender role playing itself, some viewers determine the postulation of form and content in The Male GaYze as competitive. Others sense the image/text relationship as complementary whereby the descriptive narrative can be absorbed unimpeded by undue intellectualization.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Jack Waters

Diotima (1993) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

A cinematic essay on the great pornography debate. A classically stylized setting expounding the contrasting views of noted scholars, with the inclusion of text generated and delivered by the cast. With Peter Cramer, Esther Kaplan, Adrian Saich, Jocelyn Taylor, Cherie Weitzner. Music by Paul DJ Spooky Miller. Diotima Re-examines the 'Great Porn Debate' that factioned '70s feminists into today's designated camps of pro and con. Dryly satiric, it juxtaposes the early writings of Andrea Dworkin (then a lone voice challenging the morality of traditional, read: hetero sexuality) with the misogynistic 19th century pessimism of Schopenhauer. Diotima's sexual politics interject a queer discourse that combined with the feminist philosophies are brought up to date with the inclusion of text generated by the cast in a form reflective of Plato's Symposium, a classical discourse on erotics. The character Diotima was significant as the only female portrayed in the Symposium. The film, with it's stylishly neoclassical art direction and it's acerbically irreverent humor is a contemporary analytic of the erotic inspired by a reading of the book 100 Years Of Homosexuality, a collection of essays compiled by David M. Halperin.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Jack Waters

Introducing Mr. Diana (1996) VHS, color, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

FROM THE NAKED EYE CINEMA - INTRODUCING MR. DIANA, a video short documenting the arrival of controversial comic book artist and illustrator Michael Diana--the hottest astral flame to scorch New York City's creative underbelly--to New York City. Facing obscenity charges in Florida, he has already done time there for his shocking and outrageously funny pictorial observations. His stellar popularity in the underground realm of ribald iconiclasm has made him a current target of authoritative 'zine'-o-phobia. In his art he exposes the hypocrasy of common atrocities committed in the name of Traditional Values: those of Family, Church, and Nation; Ideas that he gets straight from TV news. Mike's soft spoken, gentle character is in sharp contrast to the harsh images of bloody sexuality he creates. His persona combines the raw innocence of Melvile's Billy Budd with the lusty ingenuousness of Voltaire's Candide. The video features the "three faces of Mike": Artist, Political Scapegoat, and Object Of Desire. Explore the territory "Inside Michael Diana", as the film makers survey his surfer-buff physique. He stands poised amidst the jumble of severed limbs, human genitalia, and visceral secretions of his own creation. The video also features an appearance by Martha Wilson, whose sexually explicit exhibition and performance curatorial of the past twelve years made her alternative space Franklin Furnace a front-runner in challenging today's harshly vindictive climate of censorship in public art funding, production, and presentation.

Rental: $30.00 sale price: 50.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

16mm Sale: $50.00

Jack Waters

Le Petit Versailles - LPVTV Season One: Episodes One & Two (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 60 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists, environment_nature

Episode One: Politricks - This segment focuses on effects of world events outside of the garden gates - whether locally, nationally or internationally. Episode Two: Early Years - This segment is a collage featuring LPVs early years: the formation of the garden and its programs.

DVD NTSC Rental: $$40.00

Jack Waters

Le Petit Versailles - LPVTV Season One: Episodes Three & Four (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 60 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists, environment_nature

Episode Three: Rock - This episode features Cinesonic with DJ Econ and multiple screens by Stephen Kent Jussick. Highlights include Threat (Jules A and Nelson Rockwell). Episode Four: Art Exhibitions - A focus on art exhibitions that have stimulated the garden space.

DVD NTSC Rental: $$40.00

Jack Waters

Le Petit Versailles - LPVTV Season One: Episodes Five & Six (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 60 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists, environment_nature

Episode Five: Performance - Highlights the performances of a few of the outrageous & the sublime gracing Petit Versailles' stage & garden! Episode Six: Film 1 - Highlights & focuses on film, video & digital makers that seduce, delight and educate our audiences at Petit Versailles garden!

DVD NTSC Rental: $$40.00

Jack Waters

Le Petit Versailles - LPVTV Season One: Episodes Seven & Eight (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 60 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists, environment_nature

Episode Seven: Readings 1 - Wonderful readings from The SuperFictoBioGrrrls of 2002! - Laurie Weeks, Jen Blauvelt, & Judy Silverman. Episode Eight: Pop to Folk - This week we feature various events from 2003 including Joe Tullgren and his "loosepaper collection" concert.

DVD NTSC Rental: $$40.00

Jack Waters

Le Petit Versailles - LPVTV Season One: Episodes Nine & Ten (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 60 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists, environment_nature

Episode Nine: Performance - This week PERFORMANCE AND DANCE with Brandon Wolcott - "the greatest actor in the world" amuses with his fumblings & ramblings! Episode Ten: Art Two - This week we're back visiting ART! Exhibitions include a multitude of mediums for "Weathering the Storm"(2002) from Larry Shea's "Well Wishing" to On Akiyoshi "Massing TARA Bodhisattva in Clouds".

DVD NTSC Rental: $$40.00

Jack Waters

Le Petit Versailles - LPVTV Season One: Episodes Eleven, Twelve & Thirteen (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 90 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists, environment_nature

Episode Eleven: Film 2 - We begin with a look at friends & collaborators Stephen Kent Jusick and DJ Econ presenting CINESONIC - their montage of sound and image. Episode Twelve: Readings 2 - Extraordinary writers perform at LPV including Eileen Myles, Dee Finley, Henry Flesh, Mary Gaitskill and Carlo Quispe reads an essay by David Wojnarowicz. Episode Thirteen: Polysexual Polyglots - High Fashion at LPV with "The Emperor's Premiere" extravaganza by it/EQ, performance by Kalup Linzy, GenderFluxxxors - Unplugged with Tobaron Waxman.

DVD NTSC Rental: $$40.00

Jack Waters

Works by Jack Water (1984-1993) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 90 mins. min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, multicultural, queer

Works by Jack Water includes Berlin/New York (with interview); The Male Gayze Diotima. (refer to individual titles for descriptions).

DVD NTSC Sale: $100.00

Jack Waters

Short Memory No History: AIDS, Art, Activism (2000) DVD NTSC, Color, min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Queer, Bi, Trans

AIDS and queer activism conveyed by their erasure from mainstream points of reference. This video examines the development of a cultural trend; the emergence of a lesbian and gay culture that evolved out of political activity in the late '80s sparked by the advent of the AIDS epidemic in America. The video explores the premise that history serves to solidify only that which is most efficacious to the preservation of the standards that perpetuate the status of the power elite. The past is revealed through the recollections of four activists who worked in different areas of the movement: Art (Robert Pacheco Vazquez, Gran Fury); Media (Sandra Elgear, Testing The Limits); Activism (Sarah Schulman, Lesbian Avengers); and Agitprop (Esther Kaplan-Cheap Art). All intersect as components or derivations of ACT-UP New York, the landmark socio-political mechanism that set the tone for a global revision of public perception of medicine, politics, and culture, but whose central operatives, historical origins, and current state of affairs is largely forgotten . The present is represented by an overview and crowd interviews at the Millennium March 2000 for Lesbian and Gay Equality, a largely promotional event, begging the question: is marketing the new form of activism?

DVD NTSC Sale: $225.00

Jack Waters

Flower Market, The (1994) DVD NTSC, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, erotic, queer_bi_trans

New York's floral district, like Amsterdam's is a scene that is most vibrant at the crack of dawn when flowers are shipped in to wholesalers. Very convenient timing if you've spent all night at the disco! If you want it fresh, you have to be there early. Not only are the better florists there to get the freshest flowers, but also the latest, freshest, and hottest dish. The scenario of this video is inspired by the central core of the design world: innuendo, rumors and gossip. Hearsay based on the cruising practices of one of New York's top gay floral designers. A vignette in a pastoral country setting--full of sunflowers and wild flowers--shows what the honey bee is really attracted to. Two lusty youths get it on atop a bed of exotic varieties.

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

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