Katrina del Mar Spring 2013

Hey! Hi! Happy Spring! I just want let you know a lot of stuff is coming up, and I would be happy to see your smiling faces at some of these events. x Katrina

MON-TUES APR 29-30  Girl Gang Trilogy screens at Bard College Monday 5pm. Artist Talk /Screening/ Q&A Tuesday 5pm.

SAT MAY 4 Screening of the Girl Gang Trilogy at MoMA PS1 VW Dome 2 in Rockaway Beach

SAT MAY 11 Raw Reels Super 8 Show at Millennium Film Workshop NYC: Katrina del Mar and Stephanie Gray

FRI JUNE 14 GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS opening reception at AMP Provincetown MA June 10-July 1st

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Super 8 Film Portraits by Katrina del Mar. Eileen Myles / Kara Kolodjiez

Super 8 Film Portraits by Katrina del Mar. Eileen Myles / Kara Kolodjiez

APR 29-30 Girl Gang Trilogy screens at Bard College

MONDAY, APRIL 29th at 5PM – GIRL GANG TRILOGY SCREENING

TUESDAY, APRIL 30th at 5PM – ARTIST TALK & SCREENING with KATRINA DEL MAR

The Theater of the Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center, 55 Blithewood Ave., Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504

Bard College / joanie4jackie is proud to present the most badass filmmaker we’ve discovered in eons!! 2 days of nonstop girl-sentric kick ass action w/ the one and only Katrina del Mar in person. TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS.

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SAT MAY 4 Screening of the Girl Gang Trilogy at MoMA PS1 VW Dome 2 in Rockaway

Rockaway Beach between Beach 94th St. and Beach 95th St. at Shore Front Parkway

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) GIRL GANG TRILOGY was completely independently made but big and ambitious; the films have large casts and almost mythical themes while also being 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.”

Katrina will also be screening a 6 minute Super 8mm film portrait of local Rockaway surfer & guitar player Simon Chardiet.

Also! Short films by Rick Charnoski. (“Deathbowl to Downtown”)

The Slayers. Production Still from Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever

The Slayers. Production Still from Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever

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SAT MAY 11 Raw Reels Super 8 Show at Millennium Film Workshop: Katrina del Mar and Stephanie Gray

Super 8 Live and in Person with Katrina del Mar and Stephanie Gray
Short Filmic Portraits of People and Places
66 E 4th St (bet Bowery & 2nd Ave), Basement; Admission: $8/$5 Members By Contribution

Millennium Film Workshop presents an evening of super 8 works, screened on real film by long-time film artists Katrina del Mar and Stephanie Gray. Whether through an iconography of the city, queerness, or grrl culture, both artists show an attention to photographic detail of a unique type that can only be captured with the intimacy of super 8 celluloid film, whether in black & white, color, handprocessed or edited in camera. Expect images of lesbian icons (both real and fictional), 90s grrl culture, mysterious portraits of the city and urban folk, and an overall eye for the hidden beauty of people and places that can often go unseen. (TRT of program approx 1.5 hours including reel changes; Gray will present first, then an intermission and then del Mar will present after the break.)

All films are super 8 and will be projected on film.
Katrina del Mar: Intimate Portraits + Raw Reels
del Mar will show an eclectic selection of a recent super 8 “portraits” series including an urban surfer, a dyke motorcycle racer, iconic lesbian writer Eileen Myles, and raw reels, some rarely seen on film, of her classic cult fave grrl gang movies of the late 90s. del Mar, both a filmmaker and photographer, 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.
program (approx 40 min TRT):

Simon: Portrait of an Urban Surfer (6 min, b&w, sound) Simon plays upright bass and surfs at Rockaway Beach.
Kara: Portrait of a Motorcycle Racer (3 min, b&w, sound) Kara races a vintage triumph motorcycle on a flat track in upstate New York.
Eileen: Portrait of a Writer (3 min, b&w, sound) Poet-novelist Eileen Myles writes and reads from a tiny notebook one late summer day in Wellfleet, Mass.
Raw Reels (approx 25 min, b&w/color, no sound) When shooting Gang Girls 2000 in 1999, del Mar shot a roughly ten-to-one ratio of what wound up in the 25 minute final film. A reel or two will be chosen at random from the other 3.5 hours worth of pure late-90’s eye candy: the hottest girls of the Lower East Side and Brooklyn, pretending to be in our own version of Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill!
Stephanie Gray: Queer Pop Culturing + City Portraits
Filmmaker – poet Gray will show a selection of urban portraits that show the puzzling unknown of the city in addition to a selection of her queer portraits (some subjective) of lesser (or more, if you know them) pop culture icons such as Kristy McNichol, Joan of Arc and Laverne & Shirley. Some films will be accompanied by live reading or experimental soundtracks.
Magic Couldn’t Save Magic Shoes (7 min, color/b&w, 2011) Magic closed in ‘08 after being in biz since ‘79. No one did handwritten labels like them. When I finally had extra money to buy more Converse, which is mostly all I wear, thinking they’d still be around, even after I filmed it, it was gone. I shot this in Magic’s last week.
Satanic Bible on Interlibrary Loan (9 min, b/w, 2011) The title is a true situation that occurred when I was 15. I was an ardent metal head as a teen. A little while back, I was asked to write a poem for a poetry mag issue with the theme of the occult. The words and then the images, came together, and it all makes sense.
Kristy (7 min, handprocessed b/w, sound, 2003) Digging deep to find Kristy, the only working class girl at a girls’ summer camp in cult classic Little Darlings A faint recognizable 80s hit song is played with skips at the slowest speed. (She’s out now, you know, right?)
Dear Joan (3 min handprocessed b/w, live narration, 1999) A film letter to this heroine as the filmmaker laments the lack of public knowledge of Joan’s real identity, ending in a hissyfit at the library.
Never Heard the Word Impossible (7 min, sound, b/w, 2007) This work uses images from Laverne & Shirley remixed through video layers. What did the L really stand for? All sound is distorted from the theme song.
I Can’t Stop Thinking About Eileen Myles’ School of Fish Poem(3 min, color, live narration, 2002) The filmmaker keeps hearing lines from the poem. The images are inspired visual thoughts of Eileen’s poem.
+ one surprise super recent 3 min film!
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FRI JUNE 14 GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS opening reception at AMP Provincetown MA June 10-July 1st

KATRINA DEL MAR | GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS

photographs, video/film, and handmade books

“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.”

AMP is very proud to bring Katrina del Mar to Provincetown with a significant part of an exhibition presented earlier this year at Participant Inc. in New York. Comprised of large-scale photographs, clusters of smaller prints, films, videos, and hand-made paperback books, GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS. brings together an alluring and potent body of work, “as transcendent as it is transgressive.” (Carlo McCormick, Photograph Magazine.) The exhibition, in tandem with the Provincetown International Film Festival, will be on view at AMP June 10-July 1st.

Katrina writes about the paperback books: ”The idea that the words come from pictures: in a word, ekphrasis; is not only the description of a work of art, it is the description of my moment as a writer. The photographs hint at a story. The films become overburdened with narrative. Long after my films are finished I am writing the novels they should have been based on. I write modern myth set in urban environments. I make the work backwards. The book cover first, pulp fiction paperback style. Some are full, some are incomplete, some have yet to be written.”

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Girl Gang Trilogy screening in Iceland

hold on babies…Gang Girls 2000, Surf Gang & Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever aka The Girl Gang Trilogy is coming to the land of the ice and snow! From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow! The Icelandic Premiere of these groundbreaking, pavement shaking, hip swingin films will be at the Bio Paradis Wednesday, January 25 @ 8pm.
As the director of these films, I will be present at the screening for a Q&A!
Part two of my northern lights tour, after a smashing time in Copenhagen.

BioParadis Program: Katrina del Mar Girl Gang Trilogy