STEVEN ARNOLD: HEAVENLY BODIESDirected by Vishnu Dass
Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Simon Doonan
Anjelica Huston narrates this exploration of the spectacularly dreamlike world of Salvador Dali’s protégé, Steven Arnold, and his strikingly creative and influential body of work filled with occult rituals, Hollywood camp, and surrealist art nouveau whimsy. Taken from more than 70 hours of original and archival footage, including rare scenes of Holly Woodlawn, director Vishnu Dass digs deeply into the decadent countercultural and inspiring life of this unheralded multimedia artist of the queer community.
Expected to attend: Director Vishnu Dass
Vishnu Dass is a first-time filmmaker based in New York who spends the majority of his time acting as Director of the Steven Arnold Museum and Archives, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and disseminating the work of American artist Steven Arnold. He is currently an adjunct curator for an upcoming Steven Arnold exhibition with the International Center of Photography, which will be supported by the film Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies and an accompanying book. Born in Arkansas as Blake Moffitt, he was given the name Vishnu Dass by renowned spiritual teacher Ram Dass, with whom he spent 10 years on the island of Maui.
Directed by Leila Jarman, Peter Kalisch
Disquieting and discomforting step into the queer noise world of the captivating and crushingly honest Peter Kalisch.