Jack Smith & the Destruction of Atlantis Directed by Mary Jordan, 2010
“An intoxicating portrait…A great documentary. Grade: A" Entertainment Weekly
Jack Smith is simultaneously hailed as the godfather of performance art, a groundbreaking photographer and the “William Blake of film.” His utopian ideals, artistic processes and bejeweled artworks became essential influences to contemporary art superstars like Andy Warhol, Federico Fellini and Matthew Barney.
In her feature-length film debut, director Mary Jordan combines Smith’s rare and unseen films and photographs with rare audio recordings, acting appearances and other relics squeezed from Smith’s vaulted archives. Jordan also delves into Smith’s tenuous relationship with Andy Warhol — who adopted Smith’s ideas and actors in his own work (including Smith’s “Superstars” concept) — his vilification of New American cinema pioneer Jonas Mekas and other previously undocumented biographical topics.
This documentary portrait pays homage to New York’s ultimate antihero and the original King of the Underground.
Glitter; Agosto Machado with Mario Montez on Jack the Master; Lawrence Rinder on Jack’s Photography; Ken Jacobs on Jack’s Life as Theater; Jack’s Loft; Mario Montez on Being Mario Montez; Nayland Blake on Jack and the Art World; Holly Woodlawn on Jack’s Influence; George Kuchar on Jack and His Creatures; Colette and Vivienne Dick on Jack in Germany; Ronald Tavel on Modeling for Jack; Judith Malina on Art and Capitalism; Sylvere Lotringer on Jack vs. Capitalism
2006 Tribeca Film Festival: Best New York - Documentary Feature Winner; 2007 Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival: Best Documentary Winner;
Cast:John Waters, Mary Sue Slater, Richard Foreman, Mario Montez, Gary Indiana, Jonas Mekas, Sylvère Lotringer, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Uzi Parnes, John Zorn
Crew:Richard Prince (executive producer), Stephen Kessler (executive producer), Ross Morgan (executive producer), Mary Jordan (writer and producer), Kenneth Wayne Peralta (producer), Juan Gatti (design), Alex Marquez (editor)