DIRECTOR: GREGORY MARKOPOULOS
Gregory Markopoulos, one of the most revered and acclaimed of American avant garde filmmakers, decamped for Europe in 1967, and, angry at the state of exhibition, removed his works from distribution in the mid-1970s. To this day, every screening of a Markopoulos movie is an event—and this one is no exception. Screening one night only and presented by filmmaker Robert Beavers, Galaxie is among Markopoulos’ supreme achievements: silent save for the chime of a ritual bell, it collects disarming filmed portraits of thirty men and women of the New York art world in the mid-’60s, including W.H. Auden, Susan Sontag, Allen Ginsberg, Shirley Clarke, and Jasper Johns, and pillars of the filmmaking community like Jonas Mekas and the Kuchar brothers, images edited and overlaid in-camera by Markopoulos and his trusty Bolex. A singular celebration of an extraordinary, brilliant, and fiercely uncompromised body of film art.
The book Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos gathers together almost 100 texts written by the filmmaker, and is now available in a paperback edition from www.thevisiblepress.com
Photo © estate of G.J. Markopoulos, courtesy Temenos Archive