HORSE (1965) script by Ronald Tavel Warhol’s first Western – made inside the New York Factory studio on East 47th Street with a rented horse delivered on a freight elevator – is one of his most extreme films. On the surface, Ronald Tavel’s script functions as a wicked send-up of the latent homoeroticism, camp, and horse love in Westerns. But during filming, the script’s undercurrents and Warhol’s talent for on-set chaos transform Horse into a study in violence, group dynamics, strip poker, and...horse love.
16mm, b&w, sound, 100 minutes
ABOUT THE "LONESOME COWBOYS" SERIES
On Tuesday, August 5, 1969, Andy Warhol’s latest film – Lonesome Cowboys, a homoerotic satire on the Hollywood Western – was playing at the Ansley Mall Mini Cinema in Atlanta. Just before the film’s ending, Atlanta police stopped the screening, confiscated the print, and arrested the theater manager. In addition, they photographed most if not all of the seventy moviegoers as they exited the cinema, looking for "known homosexuals."
Occurring just weeks after the New York City Stonewall riots launched the modern gay rights movement, the Lonesome Cowboys bust became a tipping point for local activism and led directly to the formation of the Georgia chapter of the Gay Liberation Front.
As a memorial to these events – and in our ongoing series on Warhol’s important but rarely seen 1960s films – Film Love presents a multi-part series on Lonesome Cowboys and its Atlanta connection. Included are a screening of Lonesome Cowboys in its entirety; a site-specific installation incorporating the film near the location of the old Ansley Mall Cinema; and accompanying screenings of two related Warhol films.
As with all early Warhol films, none of the films selected for this series exist on video in the United States.
This program is made possible by Flux Projects and is sponsored in part by grants from the Emory College Center for Creativity and the Arts and the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation. Additional support comes from Mixx Atlanta.
ANDY WARHOL #7: LONESOME COWBOYS IN ATLANTA is a Film Love event. The Film Love series provides access to rare but important films, and seeks to increase awareness of the rich history of experimental and avant-garde film. The series is curated and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love was voted Best Film Series in Atlanta by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006, and is featured in Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta 2009. Archives of the series may be found at www.filmlove.org.
Please join us to hear a selection of OBSCURA Artists speaking about their new works...
OBSCURA is an exhibition of new works that are created to be self-illuminated and thereby only fully revealed and understood in an environment of total darkness. Each piece will require intimacy, time and thoughtfulness on the part of the viewer - the exhibition as a whole is meant to fully engage the eyes and mind.