Along with Yoga, Damon Zex’s other passion is chess. He had begun playing the game at the age of five and renounced it after winning a state championship years later. After emerging from a creative hiatus, Zex returned with his 27 minute film Checkmate. Checkmate represents a return on many faceted levels. Zex labored long on Checkmate and that labor paid off brilliantly. Checkmate is Damon Zex’s diaphanous train wreck that one simply cannot look or turn away from. It is horrifying, perversely amusing, unbearably intense, highly contrarian, and Damon Zex at his most quintessentially bizarre. Even knowing Zex’s previous … Continue reading DAMON ZEX’S CHECKMATE
While there might still be quality, dramatic television, there is little doubt the medium has lost it’s imaginative powers and any penchant for innovative, experimental, provocative, quirky aesthetics. Ernie Kovacs and Andy Kauffman are long dead. In addition to Kauffman, the 80’s did see Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Bakshi’s “New Adventures of Mighty Mouse”, but they have been relegated to distant memories. Then, in the 1990’s came Damon Zex; the underground cult icon from Columbus, Ohio’s short-lived public access television. One writer speculated that Charlie Chaplin was nearly the sole silent super star to have survived sound because he alone … Continue reading DAMON ZEX: INTELLECTUAL PROVOCATEUR
“When I don’t think about film, I think about sex. Every 10 seconds. I have the sense that my head is very close to my genitals.” So speaks Latvian animator Signe Baumane in the documentary Signe and…. It’s part of an indispensable and unique collection of Baumane’s animated shorts called Ten Animated Films by Signe Baumane.
True to her word, there is sex aplenty in most of the films in this collection, including her Teat Beat of Sex, and Baumane goes a long way to prove obsession in art is indeed a good thing.
In Natasha, a lonely housewife finds a vacuum cleaner is just as effective as any man. In Five F___king Fables the head of a decapitated princess gives a man oral while a dog performs cunnilingus on her, penises do indeed come in every shape, size, color and form, and Georgia O’Keefe’s erotic flowers are taken to a whole new level. These are just a few of the repeated erotic images and themes that make up Baumane’s world.
This was our short film for the 2008 48 HR film festival. I supplied the narrative (co-scripted by myself, J. Ross Eaker, and Terry Dellinger). James Mannan and Robin Panet co-directed. I co-acted with Jason Hignite. It is based of the tragic, true story of my assistant manager (having taken place in the early 90s). Continue reading “Hallows Dance”
“A short film about the quest for sacred art in Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh” Director’s statement La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura (trans: Nostalgia for a Distant Future Utopia) takes its title from a work by Italian avant garde … Continue reading “La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura”