Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

Q&A between director Ben Shapiro and Nitehawk’s Caryn Coleman

Artist Film Club: Ra di Martino (selected by Hannah Gruy, White Cube) and Tommy Turner (part of our partnership with Moving Image Art Fair)
Saturday (May 18) and Sunday (May 19) at 11:15am

Our new monthly ART SEEN screenings include what we aptly call The Artist Film Club. What that means is before each of our ART SEEN feature films, Nitehawk will play select art videos by international artists. Content, nationality, length, and career will vary. Shown after the lights go down, The Artist Film Club takes artist moving images into the cinematic space, pinpointing the current cultural moment where the space between cinema and art is becoming blurred. 

Screening before May ART SEEN’s Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters are short films by Ra di Martino and Tommy Turner. Below you’ll find information about the artists and the works…

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Ra di Martino
Petite histoire des plateaux abandonès (Short History of Abandoned Scenes)
HD Video, 9 minutes

Cinematography: Ra di Martino, Hilario Isola, Antonio Rovaldi
Editing: Ra di Martino
Sound & Music: Enrico Ascoli
Country of production: Morocco, Italy 2012
Original Languae: Arabic, English subtitles
Production: Dugong e Nomas Foundation

Abandoned movie sets are scattered around south moroccan deserts. In this work they are used again but the actors are two local children, born not far from the abandoned film studios near Ouarzazate. The two kids re-enact lines from movies that have been shot there, an American horror movie, Lawrence of Arabia… and all around nature and the incontaminated landscapes of the Draa Valley stand outside of time.



Tommy Turner
Simonland, 1984
Super-8 transferred to DVD 12:02 minutes

In Simonland, a sadistic evangelist leads a mindless pack of Americans in a fatal game of “Simon says.”

Tommy Turner (b.1959), a native of New York City, began documenting the city in the late 1970’s. Turner’s art reflects his curiosities of the grotesque often featuring references to black magic, medical deformities, murder and taxidermy. Turner contributed to magazines such as Richard Kern’s The Valium Addict, and then went on to produce a magazine of his own entitled Redrum. Not only did Turner create films, he went on to star in Kern’s Submit to me Now, Goodbye 42nd Street, Manhattan love Suicides and subsequently became associated with “Cinema of Transgression.” Turner is known for his collaboration with David Wojnarowicz, on the film Where Evil Dwells (1985) inspired by the Northport, Long Island “Satan Teen”, Ricky Kasso. Turner has created many 16mm films, most notably Rat Trap (1986) and Simonland (1984). Turner has exhibited his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, San Francisco, Anthology Film Archives, NY and The British Film Institute.