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The Cinema of Transgression {1979-1993}
« on: April 03, 2016, 10:32:54 AM »





“If it’s not transgressive, it’s not underground. It has to be threatening the status quo by doing something surprising, not just imitating what’s been done before.” - Nick Zedd



New York City’s Lower East Side in the early Eighties saw an explosion of the downtown film scene, as a variety of film-makers, photographers, performers and artists, inspired by the post-punk No Wave music scene, began to explore new, direct, and confrontational cinematic forms.

In 1984 the manifesto for the Cinema of Transgression was announced, a movement looking to transform values by breaking all taboos of cinematic expression, conservative religion, politics and aesthetics.




Cinema of Transgression Manifesto
by Nick Zedd

We who have violated the laws, commands and duties of the avant-garde; i.e. to bore, tranquilize and obfuscate through a fluke process dictated by practical convenience stand guilty as charged. We openly renounce and reject the entrenched academic snobbery which erected a monument to laziness known as structuralism and proceeded to lock out those filmmakers who possesed the vision to see through this charade.

We refuse to take their easy approach to cinematic creativity; an approach which ruined the underground of the sixties when the scourge of the film school took over. Legitimising every mindless manifestation of sloppy movie making undertaken by a generation of misled film students, the dreary media arts centres and geriatic cinema critics have totally ignored the exhilarating accomplishments of those in our rank - such underground invisibles as Zedd, Kern, Turner, Klemann, DeLanda, Eros and Mare, and DirectArt Ltd, a new generation of filmmakers daring to rip out of the stifling straight jackets of film theory in a direct attack on every value system known to man.

We propose that all film schools be blown up and all boring films never be made again. We propose that a sense of humour is an essential element discarded by the doddering academics and further, that any film which doesn’t shock isn’t worth looking at. All values must be challenged. Nothing is sacred. Everything must be questioned and reassessed in order to free our minds from the faith of tradition.Intellectual growth demands that risks be taken and changes occur in political, sexual and aesthetic alignments no matter who disapproves. We propose to go beyond all limits set or prescribed by taste, morality or any other traditional value system shackling the minds of men. We pass beyond and go over boundaries of millimeters, screens and projectors to a state of expanded cinema.

We violate the command and law that we bore audiences to death in rituals of circumlocution and propose to break all the taboos of our age by sinning as much as possible. There will be blood, shame, pain and ecstasy, the likes of which no one has yet imagined. None shall emerge unscathed. Since there is no afterlife, the only hell is the hell of praying, obeying laws, and debasing yourself before authority figures, the only heaven is the heaven of sin, being rebellious, having fun, fucking, learning new things and breaking as many rules as you can. This act of courage is known as transgression. We propose transformation through transgression - to convert, transfigure and transmute into a higher plane of existence in order to approach freedom in a world full of unknowing slaves.

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Re: The Cinema of Transgression (1979-1993)
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2016, 10:34:41 AM »
Thrust in me, Co Directed by Nick Zedd and Richard Kern, 1985


http://www.ubu.com/film/kern_thrust.html

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Re: The Cinema of Transgression (1979-1993)
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2016, 10:37:16 AM »
My Nightmare, Written, Directed, Produced by Richard Kern, 1993


http://www.ubu.com/film/kern_nightmare.html

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Re: The Cinema of Transgression (1979-1993)
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2016, 10:44:22 AM »
Where Evil Dwells, 1985 by Tommy Turner & David Wojnarowicz


http://www.ubu.com/film/wojnarowicz_evil.html

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Re: The Cinema of Transgression {1979-1993}
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2016, 05:27:13 PM »
Excellent! Haven't checked out the vids shared yet but most certainly will! More inspiration!

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Re: The Cinema of Transgression {1979-1993}
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2016, 07:25:34 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2016, 01:04:47 AM »

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Re: The Cinema of Transgression {1979-1993}
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2016, 10:49:53 PM »
Great message in this interview for budding filmmakers...


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Re: The Cinema of Transgression {1979-1993}
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2016, 10:27:42 AM »
Been on a voyage of discovery within this realm of filmmaking. Feels like a relationship with what I have been working on...in an incidental way. I almost dread it as I can imagine fingers pointing or whatever....but hey, whatever! I really got into Thrust In Me and My Nightmare. Where Evil Dwells was great for the most part as well, just felt a certain element of it could have been shorter, but hey its not my film!

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Re: The Cinema of Transgression {1979-1993}
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2016, 10:34:07 AM »

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Re: The Cinema of Transgression {1979-1993}
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2016, 04:08:25 AM »
A friend asked Zedd why he didn't use a camera guy:
"It wouldn't be my vision!" he said.
So why don't you bother with focus?
"My vision is impaired!"

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Re: The Cinema of Transgression {1979-1993}
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2016, 10:30:28 AM »
Love the quote, it's perfect!

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Re: The Cinema of Transgression {1979-1993}
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2016, 07:04:22 PM »
“If you’re doing [art] for the money, you’re not doing art. You’re doing commerce. Being an artist is not a career choice, but a necessity “if your blood boils”.

-Lydia Lunch

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Re: The Cinema of Transgression {1979-1993}
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2016, 11:50:49 PM »
Wa surprised at how explicit fingered (1988) is compared to the youtube version. Guy jacks off and cums while he is talking to Lydia Lunch's character. They meet up and he finger fucks her in full sight before eating her snatch and fucking her...no penetration in the fuck is seen though.

This was part of Kern's short film collection I got a while back.