Mystery School
Jerry Tartaglia, US, 2009
Directed by: Jerry Tartaglia
Format: video
Running time: 26'

Part of the great American tradition of satirical/political/genre collage (Bruce Conner, Arthur Lipsett, Luther Price), 'Mystery School' forms its own identity through fragmented bodies – from educational films intended for the care of body and mind: boys reading, showering, fucking – as well as interrupted chapters from the history of Western thinking and religion.

Directors Biography
Jerry Tartaglia is an experimental filmmaker and writer whose work in Experimental Film and Queer Cinema spans four decades. He studied with the Abstract Expressionist Painter, Harry Koursaros, who introduced him to the work of Jack Smith, Jonas Mekas, and Gregory Markopoulos. He co-founded Berks Filmmakers Inc, one of the longest surviving Micro-Cinema Showcases for Experimental Media Art in the U.S. In the 1970s he produced his lost feature, 'Lawless' with Warhol 'Factory' star Pope Ondine. He also assisted Tony Conrad in the manufacture & production of the 'Yellow Movie' series in 1973. He was the first to write about the gay sensibility in American Avant-Garde film (1977) and his work is an ongoing examination of Gay Identity and Queer media politics through Cinema. 'The A.I.D.S. Trilogy' made during the early days of the epidemic in America, has been screened around the world. His work was included in the Century-end retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘The Art of the 20th Century.’ Seven of his films have been premiered at the Berlinale since 1990. In 1993 he was one of the twelve artists who created the Red Ribbon as a symbol of A.I.D.S. awareness through the Artists' Caucus of Visual AIDS in NYC, paving the way for awareness ribbons of all kinds.

Location and screening schedule: ZAGREB DANCE CENTER, Thursday, October 24th at 23.00