Jim Shaw Selects
Co-Presented with Gagosian

JIM SHAW SELECTS
CO-PRESENTED WITH GAGOSIAN

Artist Jim Shaw presents a program of the conspiracy-minded cinema that kept him uneasy company during the paranoiac pandemic times.

"During the lockdowns, I found myself watching depressing documentaries; they could be about anything, as long as they were gloomy. I trace that to my feeling guilty about being a human being, especially a white American male; I feel guilty about being a consumer in the world. By not being an organic farmer in the middle of nowhere, I’m contributing to global warming, which will lead to my daughter’s world being horrible.

The motif of the detective who finds out that he the guilty party was interesting for this reason. Not every film fits that description entirely, but they all share a paranoiac relationship to the world, and a relationship with conspiratorial thinking generally. I would have loved to have included fringe conspiracy-theory documentaries, but since they feature legally unverifiable facts, it became complicated.

Leo the Last, Winter Kills, They Live, Total Recall, So Dark the Night, and Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion all tie into the quest for truth, and how it can become complicated. In the studio, I’ve been thinking a lot about the term “Frazzledrip,” which is a conspiracy theory that’s related to the whole QAnon thing. Their need for these stories involving adrenochrome and satanic rituals speak to a desire that I think many of us have for lurid fantasies and stories of betrayal, conspiracy, and the slaughter of the innocents (a possible explanation for the popularity of true crime, serial killer bios, whodunits, sex-and-violence-filled cable series like Game of Thrones, and so on), which serve to stimulate our depleted serotonin receptors. In a way, all of these films can serve as our very own Frazzledrip." - Jim Shaw

In Theater

In Theater

Leo the Last

DIRECTED BY JOHN BOORMAN

Live intro by Jim Shaw

An exiled prince reduced to living in shabby gentility in his London mansion begins to take an active interest instead in the poverty in the neighborhood around him.

Tue, Oct 12 6:45pm

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WINTER KILLS

DIRECTED BY WILLIAM RICHERT

One of the maddest movies ever to come out of Hollywood, Richert’s sprawling, JFK assassination-inspired conspiracy epic features Jeff Bridges at the head of one of the most impressive ensemble casts ever assembled.

Tue, Oct 12 9:30pm

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TOTAL RECALL

DIRECTED BY PAUL VERHOEVEN

Gleefully perverse Dutchman Verhoeven teamed up with an Austrian-born weightlifter to make a big-budget adaptation of a mind-bending Philip K. Dick story.

TUESDAY, OCT 19 7:30PM

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So Dark the Night

DIRECTED BY JOSEPH H. LEWIS

A Paris police detective’s vacation becomes rather less relaxing when he starts tracking the psychopathic killer who’s terrorizing the countryside around where he is staying.

Tue, October 26 7:30pm

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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

DIRECTED BY ELIO PETRI

Intro by Jim Shaw and Tony Oursler

Sadistic Roman police investigator Gian Maria Volonté’s idea of a good time involves putting the boot to political dissidents, but he risks facing actual real-world consequences after he slashes the throat of his mocking mistress.

Tue, October 26 9:30pm

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Streaming At Home

Streaming

Jim Shaw Selects
They Live

Directed by John Carpenter

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper is Nada, just another out-of-work stiff in a country full of them, stuck wondering why nothing seems to go right in his life… until one day a pair of special sunglasses gives him a shocking answer.

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Available through Oct 27