Directed by Ed Ruscha
November 10, 2016 7:30 pm Not Available
One of only two films made by Ed Ruscha over his dynamic artistic career, Premium is a filmic translation of 1969’s Crackers, one in an influential series of conceptual photography books created by Ruscha in the 1960s and 70s. Both the book and the film are based on the short story “How to Derive the Maximum Enjoyment from Crackers” written by Mason Williams, a musician and comedic writer for the Smothers Brothers, and a childhood friend of Ruscha’s. Featuring perhaps one of the greatest appearances by salad in art history, Premium stars fellow L.A. art icon Larry Bell on a hilarious and absurd late-night adventure. Ruscha’s film is an exploration of storytelling and the conventional narrative codes of Hollywood, featuring his signature deadpan humor and keen translation of the contemporary American condition.
Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery.
80 minsThe ART SEEN section of the Nitehawk Shorts Festival explores the influential relationship between art and cinema. Thursday, November 10 at 7:30pm. Q&A with filmmakers.
In This Program: MY HOLY GHOST, SOFT FLOOR, HARD FILM: 50 YEARS OF THE LONDON FILM-MAKERS CO-OP, WASTED BEAUTY, REMIND THEM, WHERE WE ARE NOW (WHO ARE WE ANYWAY?), THE LATECOMER, OBJECT CINEMA, ED RUSCHA: BUILDINGS AND WORDS, PREMIUM