Between 1964 and 1966, Andy Warhol shot nearly 500 Screen Tests, beautiful and revealing portraits of hundreds of different individuals, from the famous to the anonymous, all visitors to his studio, the Factory. Subjects were captured in stark relief by a strong keylight, and filmed by Warhol with his stationary 16mm Bolex camera on silent, black and white rolls of film. The resulting two-and-a-half-minute film reels were then screened in slow motion, resulting in a fascinating collection that startles and entrances. Mesmerizing.
In conjunction with the Warhol Museum, Plexifilm has issued a DVD of these screen tests, the first ever authorized DVD of Warhol's films. With your order, you receive a limited-edition photo print of one of the 13 subjects-- your choice. The 13 Screen Tests included are Paul America, Susan Bottomly, Ann Buchanan, Freddy Herko, Jane Holzer, Dennis Hopper, Billy Name, Nico, Richard Rheem, Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, Ingrid Superstar and Mary Woronov.
Songwriters Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, formerly of the band Luna and currently recording as Dean & Britta, incorporated original compositions as well as cover songs to create new soundtracks for the 13 films.
Watch a small sample of this fascinating work.
Tuesday, February 17