Part of Spring/Summer 1997
New York’s legendary experimental filmmaker Abigail Child returns to Pleasure Dome to premiere her 1996 film B/Side as well as a video-in-progress We and the Time, a city symphony for the end of the century. ‘B/side is a poignant and intelligent exploration of the urban homeless, combining sensitive footage of their exterior situation and entering imaginatively into interior deliriums. Framed by footage of the encampment locally known as Dinkinsville on New York’s Lower East Side, where some of the homeless of Tompkins Square Park settled after the riots of June 1991, the movie begins with the encampment’s first night and ends with the fire and subsequent destruction of the lot in October. Applying rhythmic construction, poetic license and a generous eye to bodies in poverty, B/side documents beautifully a gritty vision of late 20th century urban life.’ (Abigail Child)
The program will also include Paul Garrin’s Man With A Video Camera (Fuck Vertov) featuring the extraordinary video footage of the Tompkins Square riots.