Special Shorts Program I (curated by Zackary Drucker)

VIP ticket includes first entry, reserved couch seating, and access to VIP patio and reception

Featuring new shorts and a tribute to Greer Lankton (w/ special guests directors Hanna Ladoul and Marco La Via, director Juan Carlos Zaldivar, Paul Monroe and more!)

Alterations (Q&A w/ Juan Carlos Zaldivar!)
Dir. Juan Carlos Zaldivar, 2016, Digital Presentation, 19 min.

Soless (Q&A w/ Dir. Carman Spoto!)
Dir. Carman Spoto, 2016, DCP, 7 min.

Diane from the Moon (Los Angeles premiere + Q&A w/ Dirs. Hanna Ladoul & Marco La Via!)
Dir. Marco La Via & Hanna Ladoul, 2016, 11 min.

The Contortionist by Greer Lankton (introduction by Zackary Drucker + special guest Paul Monroe–Lankton’s husband and archivist)

In the early 1980s, when New York City’s East Village was teeming with the likes of Nan Goldin, Iggy Pop, and Cinema of Transgression founder Nick Zedd, artist Greer Lankton was making her dolls. Assigned male at birth in a late-1950s midwestern United States, her obsession with high fashion and the Golden Age of Hollywood propelled not just her own evolving identity expression, but also the fantastical realism and somewhat bleak bohemia that would become the hallmark imbued in each of her uncannily sculpted figurines. Sometimes life-size, other times miniature in stature and intermittently dismembered, Lankton’s ambisexual creatures evoke reactions that swing on a hinge somewhere between rejection and desire, holding up a mirror not just to her artist friends and muses but to her inner conflict of self-representation. Honored through an excavation of Lankton’s unique “grammar of representation,” the night will include interview footage from the 1995 Whitney Biennial and her solo Mattress Factory exhibition, It’s All About ME, Not You, and other rare moments of the late artist on film.

Watch the trailer!