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Mario Montez in Berlin

One of the highlights of the Live Film! Jack Smith! festival of the arsenal cinema in Berlin was seeing and meeting legendary underground superstar Mario Montez, who had not appeared in public for 30 years. Mario started his career with the Jack Smith films Flaming Creatures (as Dolores Flores) and Normal Love before becoming one of he first Warhol superstars.
With Jack Smith, he shared a fascination of 1950’s/60’s gay camp icon Maria Montez, who became the source of inspiration for Mario’s drag name.

More:
Jack Smith on Ubuweb
Mario Montez on Warholstars.org
Article on Mario Montez with some pictures by Avery Willard, 1971


Marc Siegel and Mario Montez at the opening of Live Film! Jack Smith!

The next few photos have images from Mario Montez’ scrapbook projected in the backdrop. The first two are Maria Montez movie posters.


Poster by Jack Smith


Mario with White Pussy (Warhol’s cat)


Tony Conrad in conversation with Mario Montez


Mary Messhausen, Mario Montez, produzentin

Packed Sundays

I’m almost on my way. Packing, packing, packing. Hauptstadtfeeling, here we go. My trip to the motherland and other bits of old Europe starts this Friday. And at the end of October, I’m going to meet up with Mary Messhausen, Oliver, Prancey Girl and Toffi in Berlin. There are two exciting events for what is going to be a super extra long (but not very halloweeny) weekend in the capital.

On Sunday, November 1st, I’m going to be djing for my friend ND Baumecker’s birthday at Berghain Kantine. Mary Messhausen will be a hosting as The Juicy Punne. Starts around 9 or 10 pm.

The Wednesday before sees the opening of the Live Film, Jack Smith festival at arsenal. All the Jack classics will be screened. So many events, films and performances, there is barely time for shopping. What can you do? My favourites are posted below & make sure to read arsenal’s press clippings for all the 411.

Mark your calendars for Oliver’s premiere of Purfled Promises, Sunday afternoon, November 1st, 4:30pm. This is going to be one packed Sonntag.

LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! Five Flaming Days in a Rented World

From Oct. 28 through Nov. 11, Arsenal Berlin presents the event “LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! Five Flaming Days in a Rented World“. The performances, films and videos, slide presentations, exhibitions, concerts, lectures, and discussions, look at the gender-bending and genre-breaking works of Jack Smith, Andy Warhol and other avant-garde artists of the 1960s, from a number of angles. The work of Jack Smith is juxtaposed with recent works of numerous international contemporary artists. A special guest is the legendary drag performer and underground superstar Mario Montez, who on this occasion will appear in public for the first time in thirty years.

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Jack Smith (photo by Helmut Herbst)

Mittwoch, 28. October 2009

18:00 LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! Five Flaming Days in a Rented World Eröffnung
– Jack Smith (ST315) Andy Warhol USA 1964 4 min
– LIVE FILM! Susanne Sachsse, Marc Siegel, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus über Five Flaming Days in a Rented World
– Der Superstar in Berlin. Ein Gespräch mit Mario Montez
– Lost and Found. Jerry Tartaglia über die Restaurierung der Jack-Smith-Filme
– Jungle Island/Reefers of the Technicolor Island Jack Smith 1967 20 min
– Hot Air Specialists Jack Smith 1970er 7 min
– Song For Rent Jack Smith 1970er 4 min
– Kino-Catering von Gordon W.
– Ausstellungen: John Edward Heys, Michael Krebber, Klaus Mettig, Uzi Parnes, Kristian Petersen, Jerry Tartaglia/ Sean Michael Kirk
Kino 1

Friday, 30.October 2009

19:30 Konzert von Kinky Justice (Justus Köhncke), Im HAU 1, Foyer

20:30 Mario Banana 1 & 2, Andy Warhol 1964 8 min
Mario Montez im Gespräch mit Marc Siegel, Im HAU 1, Saal

21:30 Memory Island, Performance von Vaginal Davis & Chocolate Grinder Collective , Im HAU 1, Saal

22:30 In Erinnerung an Ronald Tavel: Ronald Tavels The Life of Juanita Castro
Performance mit Rainald Goetz, Mario Montez, Katharina Sieverding, Bruce La Bruce, Susanne Sachsse, Diederich Diedrichsen, u.a. , Im HAU 1, Saal

Saturday, 31. October 2009

22:00 Konzert & Performance von Tony Conrad und Gordon W., Im HAU 2 , (Bis 2.30 Uhr, Einlass durchgehend)

23:00 Denial of Death, Performance von Penny Arcade , Im HAU 1, Bühne

Sunday, 01. November 2009

16:30 Purfled Promises, Oliver Husain 2009 10 min
In Anwesenheit von Oliver Husain, Kino 2

17:00 Playing Hide and Seek with Odors
Ein Gespräch über Performance in Film und Video mit Deirdre Logue, Nao Bustamante, Isabell Spengler, Oliver Husain, Moderation: Vaginal Davis, Kino 2