Artists' Television Access

Auntie Dote:

Rare flicks by The Cockettes and Jack Smith

Thursday, January 20, 2005, 8:00 pm, $5

Prepare for another four years with a nostalgic romp through the
Nixon era with camp stars from East and West. Come to our
AntiAuguration Special Program of films by SF’s own original
drag collective The Cockettes and NY’s underground master
performance artist Jack Smith.

The Cockettes’ “Tricia’s Wedding”
33 min. 1971, 16mm color/sound

“The world-famous Cockettes enact Tricia Nixon’s wedding to
Edward Cox on June 11, 1971. Hurtme O. Hurtme, television
correspondent, covers the wedding and interviews celebrities in
attendance such as Golda Mier, Indira Ghandi, Jaquelyn Onassis,
Queen Elizabeth, and Elizabeth Taylor. Coretta King sings.
During the reception, Eartha Kitt puts LSD in the punch. All
hell breaks loose. A hilarious comedy filled with the real-life
band of characters who inspired the Cockettes documentary.”

Jack Smith’s “No President”
45 min. 1968, 16mm, color/sound on CD

“NO PRESIDENT was Jack Smith’s third feature film. In this
version, restored by filmmaker Jerry Tartaglia, the scenes
alternate between elaborate tableaux shot at Smith’s Green
Street loft with found footage of former presidential candidate
Wendell Willkie. The film features underground stars from 1968,
including Tally Brown, Jerry Sims, Irving Rosenthal Donna
Kerness, Mario Montez, and Charles Henri Ford.”

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