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!

Girl Gang Trilogy screenings in COPENHAGEN and CHICAGO

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“New York City filmmaker, photographer, artist and producer of massive collisions of talent and beauty, Katrina del Mar, triumphs in the underground, revels in the grit and lathers on beauty…”

COPENHAGEN 25 OCTOBER / CHICAGO OCTOBER 27

An explosion of rebel girls, rock’n’roll, and wheels by the noted New York underground filmmaker thought of as ‘the lesbian Russ Meyer’ and ‘Kenneth Angers lesbian stepchild’ – Katrina del Mar. For the first time in Denmark, MIX Copenhagen is proud to present the cult classic ‘Gang Girls trilogy’. Del Mar’s lady-loving, leather-clad cast are keeping the feminist/punk/DIY spirit alive as they cause an unpredictable ruckus through New York City. “None of us can do anything right but we all do it all day long!”

The films will be screened at Støberiet on Blågårds Plads.

The NIGHTINGALE and THE CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL present
GIRL GANG TRILOGY by Katrina del Mar
Presented as part of The GATEWAY DRUGS Series
Katrina del Mar in Person!

at THE NIGHTINGALE THEATER
1084 N Milwaukee Avenue
http://nightingaletheatre.org/“Katrina del Mar’s 27 minute GANG GIRLS 2000 makes a powerful companion piece; a fiction about girl gangs (the Ponies, Glitter Girls), it depicts their antics (mostly fighting and kissing each other) by mixing black and white with color and clear close ups with fuzzier shots, edited with an excellent sense of rhythm and the erotic possibilities of brief close up images of a whip or a pair of lips. It’s light and humorous, a fantasy that moves from violence to sex rather than vice versa, drawing its energy not from single objects or figures but from connections between editing, speech rhythms, and character and camera movement.”
– The Chicago Reader

Program Details:
HELL ON WHEELS GANG GIRLS FOREVER (HDV/Super 8mm 36 minutes 2010)
SURF GANG (DV/Super 8mm 24 minutes 2005)
GANG GIRLS 2000 (Super8mm 27 minutes 1999)

Katrina del Mar is a New York-based art and commercial photographer, as well as an award winning filmmaker. Her work has been described as “beautiful” exuding an “intimate chemistry” and also as “filth of the highest quality.” Katrina directs and produces independent films, has produced television for the internet, while also covering the world of group and solo gallery shows, club installations, media design, production and publishing. Katrina has shown her work at Deitch Projects, The Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC) in Bordeaux, France, American Fine Arts Company, Binz 39 in Switzerland, the Bass Museum of Art in Miami, the Miami Light Project, P.S. 122 in New York City, Wrong Weather Gallery in Porto Portugal, and the University of Cardiff in Wales. http://www.katrinadelmar.com/

Suggested Donation of $7-10

Thanks for Supporting Chicago Cinema.

The 20th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival will be held March 6-10, 2013 at The Logan Theater visit http://www.cuff.org/ for more information

Denmark / Iceland 2012

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Recently I went to Iceland and Denmark to screen my films and show my photography. I visited cities I’d never been to before, met interesting beautiful people, was on the front page of the paper, national radio, interviewed on national tv, called ‘a friend of iceland’ saw beautiful landscapes and felt snow falling on my face while floating on my back in a hot geothermal pool.

Getting off the plane in New York, the line I want to deliver: “I’m so depressed. I’ve eaten nothing but cheese and bread for a week. Europe. Good bread.” I don’t say this line, I’m not depressed (I’m just a little blue and distracted) and I’ve eaten almost every kind of food there is. Peas and Fish in mustard sauce. Lamb skewers. Chinese soup. Filet of reindeer. Skyr. I walked everywhere, I swam. I feel great.

DENMARK / Copenhagen

“Last nights artist talk by Katrina Del Mar was an amazing trip back in time to New York City 1988 and onwards. Alice Maude Roxby’s lecture gave insights in the subtle relations between the performance artist and the art photographer. Yoshiko Shimada showed excerpts of her work with Bubu de La Madelaine in the context of the live art scene in Japan in the 1990’s. Thank you to the many people who showed up and for the interesting discussion.” -Christian Van Schijndel

On the Edge of Society: Moments in Live Art –

LECTURE & PHOTO EXHIBITION
Public Event for Warehouse9
Curated by Jane Graham (UK/DK) Live discussion & artists’ talk, Friday 20 January
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Katrina del Mar & Dona Ann McAdams (US) present a series of films and photographs from the Golden Age of Performance Art (1988-2000) and discuss their impact on art history.
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Katrina del Mar presents a series of approx. 200 images from her vast archives. These images show the New York underground in all its brash, bloody, colourful and outrageousness. Featured performers include Kembra Pfahler and her band the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Chloe Dzubilo, Jayne County, Lunachicks, Antony Hegarty, Johanna Constantine, Michelley Queen of Queens, Sherri Vine, World Famous Bob and Karen Finley. Venues featured include many of the most happening spaces in the East Village pre-2000, like the Pyramid (home of Black Lips Performance Cult and Trip & Go Naked), Squeezebox, Limelight, Jackie 60…

Warehouse9 is in an old cattle holding area in the slaughterhouse district. The organizers Jorgen, Christian & Gritt are fabulous, they are all cool, accomplished and welcoming. Curator Jane Graham masterminded this show and she’s a sweetheart to work with. Gritt took me to the cool lesbian bars and a yoga class. I stayed at Carsten’s (fabulous gay) guest house.

I like finding and attending secret society meetings when I travel. Somehow I found my way up 11 flights of stairs to a tiny room in a tower where 25 or so people were talking about the benefits of meditation. In Danish. I didn’t understand a word. I found a seat in the back and eventually snoozed.

The curator and the other artist talk artists all went to dinner at a local Thai Restaurant called Porn Sak. I asked for the T shirt and the server informed me I would have to work there to get one.

Katrina and Alice Maude Roxby at Porn Sak photo by Yoshiko Shimada

While I’m in Copenhagen a debate roils on facebook. Betsy Todd thinks it’s ridiculous that any of my friends ought to suggest that I direct porn films. She says “So…after being in the photo/film game and being at the forefront of chronicling NYC underground queer and rock n roll culture for over 20yrs, the suggestion for KdM is to direct porn? Wow. Nice friends!”
Anyway, I think they’re all just joking. Right?

Looking at Art in Copenhagen photo by Katrina del Mar

Looking at Art in Copenhagen photo by Katrina del Mar

On the Edge of Society: Moments in Live Art Katrina del Mar @ Warehouse9 Copenhagen

During the Artists Talk Yoshiko Shimada screened the video where she’s pulling a string of scarves out of a woman’s vagina. It reminded me of seeing Lady Hennessy at the Pyramid Club in the late 80’s; a night I shall never forget even though (strangely) I was without a camera and didn’t shoot a single frame.

As is stated above the show was based on photography of performance based art from 1988-2000 I spent weeks digging through my archives to prepare for the show and I found so much great imagery. I hope this body of work can continue to be seen and shown. Eventually I’ll post excerpts of the actual work here.

ICELAND / Reykjavik & Moesfellsbaer

Iceland was snowy, more snowy than it’s been in decades. People here haven’t seen this kind of snow since they were children. I thought about those global warming theories I’ve heard where they say it’s warming up around the equator and it’s going to get colder at the poles. Iceland is beautiful, just like they say. Eerie and moonlike, with rainbows and aurora borealis. Fairyland. While I was there, a blizzard occurred every night and it was gorgeous every day.
We swam in hot geothermal pools did saunas and then ran through the snow.
Oh and we had a film screening of my GIRL GANG TRILOGY.
I made front page news and national TV in this wild nation.
Interview with Katrina del Mar on Icelandic TV
The screening was well attended (especially considering it was such a bad blizzard the roads and the airport shut down the next day) we had a crowd of Icelanders who laughed loudly through the funny scenes. People either get my films or they don’t and these people got it. I was pretty happy. The cinema was gorgeous and the films looked & sounded great.

Hell on Wheels seen from the projection room Bio Paradis, Reykjavik

Katrina del Mar w singer Nana Alfreds at Radio RUV, Reykjavik

Trilogy of UNDERGROUND GIRL GANG MOVIES FROM NYC
Bio Paradis, Reykjavik
Bandaríska költ-leikstýran Katrina Del Mar sýnir þrjár mynda sinna og svarar spurningum gesta á eftir.
Miðvikudaginn 25. janúar kl. 20
GANG GIRLS 2000 Super 8mm / 25:20
Surf Gang Super8mm / Video 35 min.
Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever!! HD Video / Super 8mm film 35 min.

I didn’t once handle cash in Iceland. I was supremely hosted by wealthy lesbians. I have patrons there, it seems. As a result I felt a bit like a dependent child, content to sleep in the back seat of the car, to go where they wanted to go and eat where and what they wanted to eat. They were paying, after all. I said “I’m easy like Sunday morning.” They laughed.

Director Katrina del Mar w Icelandic Pals at Bio Paradis in Reykjavik

Vera Sölvadóttir interviews Katrina del Mar for TV

Hell On Wheels Gang Girls Forever this weekend: NYC and INDIANAPOLIS!

LAST MINUTE NYC SCREENING ADDED

NYC November 14, 2010 4pm Webster Hall. NYC Film Collection Curated by Jim Muscarella of Royal Flush Film Festival hosted by Quarterly Arts Soiree @ Webster Hall

Indianapolis November 12-14 2010 Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival at Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Director & some cast members will be present! Screenings co-presented with the local Indianapolis Roller Derby Team the Naptown Roller Girls

Hell On Wheels Gang Girls Forever IS GETTING RAVE REVIEWS AND GREAT PRESS

“Ladies Start Your Engines!” Curve Magazine Feature Article by Kat Long

“Hell on Wheels Sold Out NYC Debut” Bust Magazine Review by Jodi SH Doff

“Katrina del Mar on Her Gorgeous Girl Gangs” Paper Mag interview with Katrina by Peter Davis

“Katrina del Mar maker of raunchy grrl biker film Hell on Wheels tells us how it is” The Most Cake, UK interview by Petit Fours

 

Katrina nominated for Prestigious RHM foundation Grant

Katrina del Mar is among a group of artists nominated for the prestigious Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant

http://rhmfoundation.org/collect/index.php/selection/web-nominee/41-katrina/

The Rema Hort Mann Foundation was created in September 1995 by friends and family of Rema Hort Mann to honor her joyful and vivacious life after her untimely death from stomach cancer at age 30.The Foundation was born around a kitchen table with the intent to celebrate Rema’s life. Through the efforts of friends and associates, it has evolved into a dynamic and effective organization, acting as an advocate for emerging artists and a bedrock of support for individuals suffering from cancer. To carry out these goals, we offer unrestricted grants, by nomination only, to promising artists who demonstrate an ability and commitment to making substantial contributions to the arts, but require financial support to do so. And we provide grants for travel, accommodations, child care and related expenses to help strengthen the emotional and familial support for cancer patients while they are undergoing treatment.

Combining these two missions is our way of commemorating Rema’s life and upholding the passions closest to her heart.

The Rema Hort Mann Foundation was created in September 1995 by friends and family of Rema Hort Mann to honor her joyful and vivacious life after her untimely death from stomach cancer at age 30.

Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever WINS ACCOLADE AWARD!

Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever WINS ACCOLADE AWARD!

Director / Producer Katrina del Mar of Plushtoy Productions/ Delmarvelous has won a prestigious Award of Merit from The Accolade Competition. The award was given for Katrina del Mar’s exciting new film, Hell on Wheels, Gang Girls Forever.

The Accolade recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment of contribute to profound social change.  Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the Accolade and a list of recent winners can be found at www.theaccolade.net.

Krank meets the Outcasts

Betsy Todd as Krank meets the Outcasts;L-R Dolinda Meeker, Sarah Greenwood, Bones Patterson, Betsy Todd, Regan Venezia, Ashley "Patches" Evens

Katrina del Mar says, “Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever was a complete labor of love, or perhaps an exercise in mental insanity. We created this “no budget” girl gang movie with a giant cast of 55 women out of collective love for creativity and fun.  It’s a collaborative, improvisational effort, shot on a shoestring budget and propelled solely on love for filmmaking.

“I am extremely gratified to receive this award, I feel I have to share this award with the entire cast and crew: in particular, Betsy Todd, Genny Pavitt and Meredith Miller, who are extremely talented and funny people and who essentially wrote the film with me as we went along. Dee Finley and Lola RocknRolla also helped shape the vision of this film into a funny, somewhat meditative, usually violent kick in the teeth to preconceptions about vegans, the homeless, disabled people and bike messengers.

“I also want to thank the many many people who contributed time and effort to get this film made, including co-editor Melissa Huffsmith Roth, sound mixer Carl Mandelbaum, director of photography Beka Venezia and so many others*.

“My girl gang films are modern day fairy tales with elements of ugly reality firmly embedded like jewels in a tiara of sheer fantasy. With a knowing nod to the “genre” B-Movies of the ’50’s 60′ & 70’s.  The stories have a wide streak of cruelty, a little bit of pathos and an unhealthy dose of the bizarre.”

Accolade Award

Accolade Award for Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever

IN WINNING this award, Katrina del Mar joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award. Thomas Baker, Ph.D. who chairs The Accolade, had this to say about the latest winners, “The Accolade is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world. The Accolade helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptionally high quality of entries. The goal of The Accolade is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”

Katrina del MarHell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever, experimental

*Complete list of credits are at ganggirlsforever.com

NewFest is happenin, baby!

Brooklyn Girls played at NewFest on Saturday, with the Musical Shorts program. It was really well received, people fell on the floor in seizures. Well, they whistled and stomped! (Was that just me?) Genny Pavitt and Marz Mikeo of Hooray for Goodbye joined me, as producers of the video!
"Brooklyn Girls" plays on the big screen at NewFest
It ran with some really cool other musical films and music videos including (my favorite, apart from “Brooklyn Girls”) “A Place to Visit” the video for Luff directed by Brian Gonzalez; the video about gay parents called “I’ve Got You” (director Camrin Pitts, who was there in NYC for the first time was very sweet. The musical artist was Melange Lavonne) and Fagette (Athens Boy Choir) directed by Ali Cotterill, who joined us for brunch later and who is also really sweet.
Kenny Hillman had two films in the festival as well so it was really cool to catch up with him, and Nicole Opper (whose film was playing at the same time as mine, so I’ll have to catch it later..) and Desi Del Valle, whom I always love to see. We had such a nice time. I’m looking forward to seeing Mississippi Damned and Against a Trans Narrative (dir. Jules Rosskam) on Tuesday.

Genny Pavitt, Katrina del Mar & Marz Mikeo at NewFest '09 photo by Sarah Greenwood

Genny Pavitt, Katrina del Mar & Marz Mikeo at NewFest '09 photo by Sarah Greenwood

Ali Cotterill, Katrina del Mar & Kenny Hillman at NewFest '09 photo by Sarah Greenwood

Ali Cotterill, Katrina del Mar & Kenny Hillman at NewFest '09 photo by Sarah Greenwood