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Dirty Looks: The Sex Garage / Finished

Participant Inc.
253 East Houston Street, 212-254-4334
East Village / Lower East Side
February 23 - February 23, 2011
Reception: Wednesday, February 23, 8 - 11 PM
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Program: Fred Halsted – The Sex Garage (1972) William E. Jones – Finished (1997)

William E. Jones has crafted a remarkable art career around pornography. Emerging in the mid-90s on the indie scene with the documentary Massillon, Jones’ second feature, Finished follows the filmmaker’s obsession with Québécois porn star, Alan Lambert. Finished is as much about a viewer’s heated voyeurism as it is an account of the troubled performer – who committed public suicide in a misguided act of political transgression. After the film’s release, Jones took to working with historic porn footage, organizing massive archives for various collectors and institutions.

He emerged with a new subject: Fred Halsted, a 70s porntrepreneur who opened Halstead’s, a stand-and-fuck bar in Silverlake, ran the magazine Package, and directed experimental sex films like LA Plays Itself, A Night At Halsted’s and the short, The Sex Garage. Dirty Looks brings together these obsessions.

Dirty Looks is a monthly platform for queer experimental film and video.

the screening contains explicit material not suitable for minors

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