Jack Smith: Hot Air Specialists

Sunday, January 26, 2014 — 2:00 pm


701 Mission Street (at Third St)

San Francisco, CA 94103 - MAP

(415) 978-2700

Ravishing, Radical and Restored: The Films of Jack Smith

Double Feature: Roy Cohn/Jack Smith & Shorts and Ephemera

Admission: $10 regular/$8 YBCA Member, Cinematheque member, senior, student, teacher

Purchase advance tickets here

Roy Cohn/Jack Smith


By Jill Godmilow

A riveting cinematic translation of a theatrical performance by one of the founding members of The Wooster Group. Actor Ron Vawter interprets the dual roles of Roy Cohn – the reactionary prosecutor of the McCarthy era who battled against civil rights for homosexuals despite being gay himself – and Jack Smith. Vawter switches from one character to the other, finding links between two people who couldn’t be more opposite. (1995, 88 min, digital)


“Shorts and Ephemera”

A program of Smith’s short films and rare performance documentation. Program includes Hot Air Specialists, Jungle Island, Song for Rent, Overstimulated, Scotch Tape, and the posthumous Respectable Creatures, which blends footage from his first film Buzzards over Baghdad with material shot at Carnival in Rio in 1967. (1950 – 1980s, 63 min, 16mm)


Image copyright Jack Smith and Courtesy Jack Smith Archive and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.