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Saturday, June 23, 2012


Last night saw the amazing intro Spective on the dynamic East Village art tag team of Ela Troyano & Uzi Parnes.  Kudos to Arsenal Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus for bringing this standout program to Berlin.  Its just what the city needs.  I unfortunately missed the opening and the La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul (2007)film which everyone is talking about.  During Camp/Anti-Camp I had already seen Carmelita Tropicana:  Your Kunst Is Your Waffen which is hilarious and stars the divine Carmelita who is Ela´s sensationally talented sister.  I feel horrible that I missed Uzi´s Structuralism & Sex Program of lovesexxxy shorts. 
Thank god I was able to see Uzi´s magnificent queer love home movies that includes the slide show Sex Piers, Queer Love Poem (1991) that features a stunning Latin youth lust object, the mad cap Seven Days with the Same Dick (1992) Happy Mother´s Day (1993) the disturbingly transcendent Batterer(1995) and triumphantly personal Memorimort (2010)
It was also a treat and pleasure to watch Ela´s 1997 feature Latin Boys Go to Hell which was produced by Jurgen Brunning who also did a fab job as moderator in conversation with Ela after the zany David Does Venus(1984-1989) and another rare short subject flicker featuring a riotious Nick Zedd.  When the brilliant Tante Jurgen is on, he is really ON!!!!!  Daniel Hendrickson was also charming during his Q&A with Uzi.  In the audience:  Empress Stefanie, Uli Ziemons and Pauline Beaudry and an assortment of German, & Greeks trying to escape from football madness.
Tonight is the last evening of the intro Spective with a joint program that includes some rarely seen classix like Carmelita Gets the Spirit (1988) and Loisaida Lusts(1985) and perhaps some surprises, so come on down to historic Potsdamer Platz for your ElaUzi fixxxx.
My interview with Manuel Schubert for internet radio program Film Highlights:

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Friday, June 22, 2012


Just found out that Susan Tyrell died.  I adored SuSu the talented actress who was nominated for an academy award in  1972 for her role in the John Huston film Fat City.  SuSu and I starred in DeCoupage in the late 1980s the cable access TV show by the brilliant Craig Roose aka:  Miss Summer Caprice where we played mother and daughter frug champions.  The episode I believe is on YouTube if you care to see it. 
SuSu lost both of her legs about a decade ago.  I will always remember her performances in Andy Warhol's Bad, the new wave musical  Forbidden Zone where she played Queen Doris, Islands in the Stream opposite George C. Scott &Trish Van Devere, and John Waters Cry Baby. SuSu was one hell of a good time Sally and I miss her.
I forgot to mention I had seen the new Wes Anderson film Moonrise Kingdom which is simply beautiful to behold.  I predict that the young ingenue Kara Heywood who looks like a tweenage ZacKary Drucker will become a huge shtar.  Her male co-star Jared Gilman also shows promise. Cinematographer Robert Yeoman is a gifted artist who has lit the picture with an orange toast glow and the original score by Alexandre Desplat----Yowzina!
Remember to come to Arsenal Inst fuer film und Video Kunst for the Ela Troyano/Uzi Parnes Retrospectacle that continues until Saturday. I missed the opening as I had a meeting with my former editor Robin Podalsky who is going to become a queer Rabbi, but I will be there tonight and I can't wait to witness the conversation between Mr. Parnes and Daniel Hendrickson the Jewish/Muslim of CHEAP kollective.  Sunday  at 9pm as part of Rising Stars, Falling Stars-We Must Have Music is a delish screening of Chantal Ackerman's 1985 musical Golden Eighties which in the States was called Window Shopping for whatever reason.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


That hot experimental film duo of Uzi and Ela of the East Village are in town this week to present a
INTROspective of their work, three nights in a row at Arsenal Inst fuer film und Video Kunst. They will be showing both their individual as well as collaborative work from June 21 to 23!  So take this hot tip and do yourself a favor and see the great Ela Troyano and lovesexy Uzi Parnes.  Your life depends upon it.

Oops i forgot to mention that Hamburg based filmmaker Peter Ott was also at the Commi Biggi Art Basel presentation last week at the Kaserne Theatre.  I just can't keep up with all these celebutants.

Had a wonderful dinner and catch up the other evening with legendary experimental filmmaker Wilhelm Hein and his hot art photog girlfriend Annette Frick.  The two have been showing work all over Europe to large enthusiastic young crowds as a new generation comes under their magical/mystical spell of outsider art appeal.  Consider yourself lucky if Wilhelm & Annette make a pitstop in your town.