U.S. Theatrical Premiere of
NOTES ON MARIE MENKEN
A film by Martina Kudláček (director of "In the Mirror of Maya
Screening Schedule and Special Events:
February 9 - February 18 at 7:00 & 9:00 nightly.
Additional screenings on Saturday and Sunday, February 10 & 11 at 5:00.
Reception will be held with opening night 7pm screening. Filmmaker
WILL BE PRESENT AT THE FOLLOWING SCREENINGS for Q&A: February 9, 7 & 9
PM and February 10, 7 PM
More on the film:
NOTES ON MARIE MENKEN tells the story of this legendary artist
(19091970), a Lithuanian immigrant who became one of New York's
outstanding underground experimental filmmakers of the 1940's through
the 1960's, inspiring artists such as Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol,
Jonas Mekas, Kenneth Anger and Gerard Malanga. The large (a hefty 6'
2"), loud and tempestuous Menkenreportedly the inspiration for the
character of "Martha" in Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia
Woolfalso became a Warhol Superstar, making memorable appearances in
The Life of Juanita Castro and The Chelsea Girls.
Originally an abstract painter and collage artist, Menken produced
nearly two dozen experimental shorts, using a hand-held Bolex to
create rhythmic patterns of light, color, form and texture, visual
poems that extracted beauty from the world around her. NOTES ON MARIE
MENKEN features lengthy excerpts from many of her films as well as
never-before-seen footage by the filmmaker salvaged from basements and
storage vaults, including a camera "duel" for Bolexes on a Brooklyn
rooftop between Menken and Andy Warhol.
Complemented by a jazzy score by New York composer John Zorn, NOTES ON
MARIE MENKEN features interviews with the filmmaker's friends,
relatives and colleagues, including Alfred Leslie, Kenneth Anger,
Gerard Malanga, Peter Kubelka, Mary Woronov and Jonas Mekas. They
discuss Menken's distinctive film technique, her artistic struggle and
personal lifeincluding a night-shift job at Time magazine and her
marriage to filmmaker Willard Maasand provide colorful reminiscences
of both Menken and the New York art scene of the era.