PORTRAIT OF JASON
4pm, Saturday February 22, 2014
@ Event Cinemas, George St Sydney
Presented by Queer Screen + Discover Los Angeles
in partnership with Groovescooter and Eastside FM
for the Mardi Gras Film Festival
Watch the Trailer
"The most extraordinary film I've seen in my life."
"By the end of the long night’s shoot, Clarke knew she had captured one of the most involving, uncompromising and revelatory human documents in the history of cinema."
[Stuart Klawans, The Nation]
"Serves as a sideways time capsule, creating a blurry snapshot of an Afro-camp subculture during the era of Christopher Street bar raids and burn-baby-burn rioting."
[David Fear, Time Out New York]
Portrait Of Jason
This is quite possibly the most conversation-provoking
vision you'll have all year and certainly unlike anything you've seen before or are likely to experience again in a cinema. An intense, funny, moving, ambiguous and complicated portrait of NY hustler (or is he?) Jason Holliday. Directed by Shirley Clarke, who spent a 12-hour night in December 1966 ininterviewing the - some might say 'outrageous' - Jason, Portrait of Jason is brave, provacative and game-changing filmmaking. Clarke edited the interview into 105 mintues of eyebrow-raising, direct-to-camera anecdotes from a man who spent his life challenging ideas of class, race, profession, sexuality and gender. Who gives you work and why should you do it. Who are your friends and what are their motivations? What is truth and what is fiction?
Going behind the sharp clothes, laughter, flamboyance, booze and smoke to shed light on a born-entertainer and frustrated cabaret performer, as the film builds tension and the stories become more illuminating and disturbing, viewers are drawn into an uncomfortable, unpredictable, raw and confrontational meeting of filmmaker and subject.