From November 16-22, Facets Multi Media is having a retrospective of Andy Warhol’s films. Refreshingly, they are mostly showing his narratives and shying away from the often drooled on but ultimately snoozey screen tests. Lonesome Cowboys is a naked mock-cowboy w/ drag story loosely based on Romeo and Juliet, another I, A Man, has a comical but eerie scene with Valerie Solanas, and Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar will show us archival and interview footage that will be included in an upcoming documentary directed by James Rasin. Check out the entire schedule at the Facets site here.
Arthur Russell is the subject of an upcoming documentary as well, directed my Matt Wolf. The past few years have seen his cello, compositional and disco work get reissued by Soul Jazz Records, Audika, Rough Trade and DFA. It’s almost as if the mysterious musician only needs to be featured on a Volkswagon commercial to get Nick Draked. Soon enough, I guess. I was happy to find out this movie will be ready by next year, myspace is still good for something. In any case, while not yet a household name, music geeks already know he worked with David Byrne, Philip Glass, and innovated sounds steeped in loneliness, joy and nature, sometimes all at the same time. This past summer Rough Trade also issued an EP called Four Songs featuring Arthur Russell covers by Joel Gibb, Vera November, Victoria Bergsman and Jens Lekman. See the trailer for the movie below and go visit the official website here.