Girl Gang Screening at the MoMA PS1 VW Dome 2 in Rockaway

Girl Gang Trilogy screens at the Dome in Rockaway

Girl Gang Trilogy screens at the Dome in Rockaway

I was so happy to screen the Girl Gang Trilogy at the MoMA PS1 VW Dome 2 in Rockaway last night, along with Filmmaker Rick Charnoski’s Bloodshed, (a heavy metal skateboarder horror flick), and my Super 8mm film portrait of local Rockaway surfer, musician, roughneck-genius Simon Chardiet. In attendance were artists Charlotte G. Choclet, Nina Sweeney, Ed Hush, musicians Simon Chardiet, Veronica Sanchez, drummer & all around badass Kymber Lee, writer/producer Gail Eisenberg, legendary local surfers Alexander Karinsky & his triple crown son Sandon Karinsky, plus my good buddies & portrait subjects Camille Cha Cha & Kara Kolodjiez. Finally, most importantly, the locals of far Rockaway were in attendance: a crew of surfers, skaters, shop owners, home owners, bikers & badasses.
It’s been a really hard winter out there, with so many people’s homes having been nearly or completely destroyed. Rebuilding is still in progress. The point of having the MoMA PS1 Dome is to bring some fun to Rockaway via art and workshops.

What a fun fun night! Organizer / artist Nina Sweeney made some popcorn w saracha and kept everything running really smoothly.

It is gratifying to finally bring a public screening of SURF GANG to Rockaway, since I filmed there in 2003-4. That was before I knew how to surf. Lena Roca from Yoga on the Rocks came up to me and reminded me that we met when I was filming way back then, that I’d said to her, “can I film you surfing? I really want to learn how to surf.” When I started making Surf Gang the only person I personally knew who surfed was Kembra Pfahler, and I begged her to be in my movie. I said, “Kembra pleeeeease, you’re the only person I know who surfs. You gotta be in my surf gang movie.” Thank god she agreed, Kembra’s character ‘Blackie Rockaway’ turns out to be the dramatic underpinning of the whole movie, with her youthful exuberance, her tragic disappearance and her ridiculous, supernatural return.

Vero, Cha Cha, Kara, Rick & I took the afterparty to Drae Campbell’s Prime although Rick understandably bounced after a short while, (he’s a straight dude) we danced for a bit and had a really great party in the cars on the way over. Chinese firedrills and all.

Nina Sweeney & Katrina del Mar show off their huevos with Terence Koh

Nina Sweeney & Katrina del Mar show off their huevos with Terence Koh

Filmmakers Rick Charnoski & Katrina del Mar at Katrina's Girl Gang Trilogy screening at the MoMA PS1 VW Dome 2 in Rockaway

Filmmakers Rick Charnoski & Katrina del Mar at Katrina’s Girl Gang Trilogy screening at the MoMA PS1 VW Dome 2 in Rockaway

Mike Rinzel and Simon Chardiet at the Girl Gang Trilogy screening @ the Dome in Rockaway

Mike Rinzel and Simon Chardiet at the Girl Gang Trilogy screening @ the Dome in Rockaway

Charlotte G Choclet & Katrina del Mar at the Girl Gang Trilogy screening

Charlotte G Choclet & Katrina del Mar at the Girl Gang Trilogy screening

waiting for the night to come

waiting for the night to come

Filmmaker Katrina del Mar at the MoMA PS1 VW Dome 2 in Rockaway

Filmmaker Katrina del Mar at the MoMA PS1 VW Dome 2 in Rockaway

Girl Gang Trilogy After Party at Prime

Girl Gang Trilogy After Party at Prime

From the Press Release:

MoMA PS1 VW Dome 2 and Participant Inc. are proud to present a screening of Katrina del Mar’s GIRL GANG TRILOGY of films Saturday May 4th 7-10pm at the MoMA PS1 VW Dome in Rockaway. Comprised of three experimental, narrative, underground films: Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever (HDV/Super 8mm 36 minutes 2010) SURF GANG (DV/Super 8mm 24 minutes 2005), and Gang Girls 2000 (Super 8mm 27 minutes 1999)

The films of the GIRL GANG TRILOGY were all completely independently made but big and ambitious; with large casts and almost mythical themes but firmly planted in a comic, B-Movie, D.I.Y. punk-rock ethos.
“I cast my girlfriends as gang girls, in leather and muscle cars. My armies of girls, in coordinated outfits, are ready to do battle for what they believe in: freedom, new turf, glitter, a good wave, a good ride, their girl gang, their favorite dog. I make films that are unselfconsciously queer, unapologetically feminist; riotous and robustly unkempt.”
Jenifer P. Borum has noted of del Mar’s work: “With each passing year, Del Mar’s New York run by girl gangs becomes more real than the New York that is gradually but undeniably being taken over by banks and transformed into a giant mall. The gritty streets and famous beaches are disappearing fast. Del Mar has captured New York’s last gasp of authenticity, transforming it for eternity. Her world is a place where Blackie, the lost leader of the Rockaway Ruffnecks, can still climb out of the sea and save us.”

Katrina will also be screening a 3 minute Super 8mm film portrait of local Rockaway surfer & guitar player Simon Chardiet.

*Also screening Rick Charnoski’s “Bloodshed” a skateboard horror flick!

Katrina del Mar GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Participant Inc.

I am so buzzzed, happy & grateful. Sunday night’s opening of GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS at Participant Inc. was packed with lovely people who were happy for me, happy to see one another, & really into the works. Show’s up til Feb 17: Wed-Sun 12-7 Lia Gangitano you are amazing to work with. Nancy Loeber thanks for helping me put those books together. The prints looked gorgeous thanks Carl Saytor of LuxLab! — at PARTICIPANT INC. 253 East Houston Street NY NY 10002

MORE INFO from the press release:

From January 13 – February 17, 2013, PARTICIPANT INC is proud to present GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, a solo exhibition featuring photographs, videos, and hand-made books by New York-based artist Katrina del Mar.

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Katrina del Mar is perhaps best known for her decades-long work in video and photography, chronicling the reality and illusion of her Lower East Side friends and lovers as punk heroines; or within her girl gang movie world of strictly female population. Creating a family tree indebted equally to B-movies and diaristic photography, del Mar’s defiantly queer photographs and videos are iconic alternatives to the cultural status quo, offering an exuberant, hyper-stylized sexuality, an unapologetic feminist voice, and often guerilla-style production tactics.

Particularly informed by the Greek word ekphrasis, a rhetorical device in which a description of a work becomes the work in and of itself, del Mar has described her practice as operating in a similar exchange: book covers and movie posters come before the books and movies and, in some instances, stand alone. She has noted, “Long after my films are finished, I am writing the novels they should have been based on. I write modern myths set in urban environments.”

With this logic in mind, GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS presents an expansive selection of photographic works, beginning with a shelf of handmade pulp fiction paperbacks. Their covers, designed first, become starting points for del Mar’s fictional excursions inside, though some remain empty. On the walls, photographs are grouped into loose narratives. Arcs and archetypes—surfer girls, bike gangs, girls playing in their rooms, bedroom scenes including the artist and others—feature dogs, cars, leather, tattoos. These become fictionalized signifiers of the threat of women’s violence, which the artist, as ringleader, marshals as an active participant. Adding light and color to the powers that urban life has to offer, del Mar creates “…a fantasy that moves from violence to sex rather than vice versa….” (Chicago Reader)

Jenifer P. Borum has noted of del Mar’s work: “These glimpses she gives us are not of marginal inhabitants of our world. Those leather femmes with their dogs. Those pierced, sleeved-out dykes on the street. They look like they’re from the cool neighborhood of the city, but they’re not from here. Like Henry Darger’s In the Realms of the Unreal, del Mar’s world is both epic and dystopian—a fictional reality that seems very much like our own, only with different rules.”

SURF GANG to screen at Filmmakers Cooperative Summer Cinema Salon

My film SURF GANG will screen Saturday June 11 8pm at Filmmakers Cooperative Summer Cinema Salon in legendary arts garden Le Petit Versailles. East 2nd St near Avenue C, NYC.

think Goodfellas meets Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!

think Grey Gardens meets The Warriors.

Think Mel Brooks meets Russ Meyer and bites off Dog Town and Zboys. Think Blue Crush: lose the lame story, add hot cast from Gang Girls 2000.

A gang of urban surfer girls leaves its home break and runs a course of chaotic violence until a call comes in from the other side.

Starring former ABT Ballerina Nicolette Nolan, Kembra Pfahler, Andrea Purcigliotti.  filmed in Rockaway Beach, NYC, Southampton, East Hampton and Montauk.

Surf Gang won the NYFA Fellowship in Video and Best Experimental Film, Planet Out Short Movie Awards and was screened at the Museum of Contemporaray Art CAPC Museum, in Bordeaux, France
Here is the trailer, edited by Melissa Huffsmith Roth

Movie Screening: HELL ON WHEELS GANG GIRLS FOREVER, NYC April 16

Movie Screening: HELL ON WHEELS GANG GIRLS FOREVER
Hey New York,  if you missed this movie’s SOLD OUT, STANDING ROOM ONLY Premiere last year, come see it Saturday April 16th in New York City!
Two screenings: 8pm and 10 pm! Saturday April 16th
Tickets only $7
Bar 82 136 2nd Avenue between St Mark’s Place and 9th Street NYC
http://www.bar82nyc.com (212) 228-8636
Trains: 6 to Astor Place  / N,R to 8th Street
MORE INFO:
If you missed this movie’s SOLD OUT, STANDING ROOM ONLY Premiere last year, come see it NOW in New York City!
Director Katrina del Mar will be present, and will be selling DVD’s of this INSTANT CULT CLASSIC

Katrina del Mar presents HELL ON WHEELS GANG GIRLS FOREVER the award-winning* girl gang movie that winds up her cult classic girl-gang trilogy! Burning up the dirty streets and blazing down the pavement, everything is all wheels all the time. Dyslexic Bikers, Homeless Queer Skateboarders, Violent Rollerskaters, Scooter riders with Gambling Parlors and HotRods for the Differently Abled! A Superlong Roster of Sizzling Superstars and a soundtrack of pure poprock bliss.

Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever directed by Katrina del Mar production still l-r Jessica Templin, Sarah Greenwood, Betsy Todd, Dolinda Meeker, Meredith Miller


SYNOPSIS: Brooklyn girl gang member Krank, after being shot in a mysterious guinea pig lab rescue incident, comes home from the hospital in a wheelchair to find her cats are gone, her mother is still insane and her gang is kicking her out. She turns to her best friend, the Mechanic, who gives her a pep talk and offers to turn her heap of crap wheelchair into a hot rod. Krank then joins the Outcasts, NYC girl gang wheel riders with a twist. The Outcasts are lead by Krash, a dyslexic cyclist who can only cycle backwards. The other girls in the gang have strange maladies such as Height Dysphoria and French Monotonism. Sparks fly between Krank and the upside-down skateboarder, Flip and clearly, Krank is ready to ride again. Meanwhile, the E. V. Ills, a violent roller derby gang led by C-Roll, tear up the track and dance the night away; the Slayers, homeless queer girl skateboarders panhandle and fish for crabs in New York City’s East River; and the Full Tilts ride scooters and run numbers in the city’s only Roller Disco Betting Parlor.

*Accolade Award of Merit Best Experimental Film 2010
Hell on Wheels IN THE NEWS!
TimeOut NY Hell on Wheels Hits the Screen “If you’re tooling around the city in the next few days and happen to catch a glimpse of raven-haired, septum-ringed photographer-turned-filmmaker Katrina del Mar, don’t be surprised if she’s got a mob of equally badass girls in tow. That’d be the massive cast of her latest short, “Hell on Wheels: Gang Girls Forever,” which she’s filming in parks and on street corners throughout Williamsburg and the Lower East Side, practically up until the moment of this week’s premiere.” -Beth Greenfield, TimeOut NYLIKE IT ON FACEBOOK:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hell-on-Wheels-Gang-Girls-Forever/126962950710717

RSVP via Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=213567375320052
Check out the PRESS: 
TIME OUT NY
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Katrina del Mar Gallery Show in Portugal

Otter, photo by Katrina del Mar

The Gallery Wrong Weather will showcase, from the 11th to the 30th of June, an exhibition of works by New York-based artist Katrina del Mar. The Gallery’s stated objective is to present exhibitions by renowned artists whose field of work concerns, directly or indirectly, the world and the language of fashion. This will be Katrina del Mar’s debut in Portugal. The exhibition explores the wide diversity of her work, taking a keen and current look at her very particular approach to the issues that interest her.

Wrong Weather, in a joint effort with Katrina del Mar, has developed for this exhibition a limited edition of a fashion piece, which, by force of the particular concept of the gallery space, crystallizes the underlying themes of the exhibition and the idea that The Gallery takes on the task and displays the will to promote grand exhibitions of contemporary art.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Monday to Saturday, from 10:30 to 19:30 – open at lunchtime – at The Gallery in the Wrong Weather store, Avenida da Boavista, nº 754, Porto (near Casa da Música) from 11 June through 30 June. Entry is free.

Katrina del Mar is a New York-based photographer and cinematographer, having directed her debut movie, Gang Girls, in 2000. Entirely shot in Super 8mm, she received a 4 and a half stars (out of 5) rating from Film Threat Magazine. Her work has been compared to Kenneth Anger’s, and she was attributed a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Her 2006 movie, Surf Gang, won the Best Experimental Movie award from the Sundance Film Festival’s PlanetOut Short Movie Awards.

From 2006 to 2008, Katrina del Mar was studio manager for acclaimed artist Nan Goldin, who described Katrina’s work as “radical” and “cutting edge”. Katrina coordinated and aided the development of Goldin’s new version of her “Ballad of sexual dependency”, for the Museum of Modern Art of New York.

Her new movie project, Hell on Wheels, Gang Girls Forever, will be released soon.

Her clients include the likes of Sony Music, Island Records, Polygram, London Records, Time Out New York magazine, People Magazine and the New York Post. Her works have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux, France, New York gallery Deitch Projects, the American Fine Arts Company, gallery Binz 39 in Switzerland, the Bass Museum of Art in Miami, Performance Space 122 in New York, and at the University of Cardiff, Wales.

This curator of this exhibition is Rui Carvalho da Silva.

Hell On Wheels Gang Girls Forever PREMIERE At Anthology Film Archives SATURDAY OCTOBER 3RD

promotional postcard for Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever directed by Katrina del Mar

promo postcard for Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever directed by Katrina del Mar

“Gang Girls 2000” is everything you could want in an indie flick and more”. – Chris Parcellin, Film Threat

September 3, 2009 (New York, NY) – New York City filmmaker, photographer and artist, Katrina del Mar, described in the press alternately as “the Lesbian Russ Meyer” and “the lesbian Kenneth Anger” will premiere to the screen the girl gang movie, Hell on Wheels; Gang Girls Forever which will wind up her award-winning cult classic trilogy of Girl Gang Films! It will be screened at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City October 3rd 2009. Katrina and her wild-women cast members, (a definitive who’s-who of the downtown NYC scene) will be on-hand for the screening and a Q&A after the films.

Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever directed by Katrina del Mar production still l-r Jessica Templin, Sarah Greenwood, Betsy Todd, Dolinda Meeker, Meredith Miller

Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever directed by Katrina del Mar production still l-r Jessica Templin, Sarah Greenwood, Betsy Todd, Dolinda Meeker, Meredith Miller

“Del Mar means of the sea, but Katrina del Mar is all concrete. Particularly, the sidewalks, endless walls and abrasive faces of New York City. Looking at her photos is like walking down its cool, tough avenues. Already this sounds like an echo of every article written on del Mar. But it’s hard to come up with new words, because she’s so cool, so tough.” Lisa Carver  The New Nude, Nerve Chronicle Books

Katrina del Mar: Hell On Wheels Gang Girls Forever PREMIERE Saturday October 3, 2009 two screenings: 7pm & 9pm $12

Anthology Film Archives 32 Second Avenue, NYC 10003

Subways: 6 to Bleecker, F or V to Broadway Lafayette

To view samples of Katrina’s work, visit her website.