Anthology Film Archives Film Night

Film screening night overview

Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 8pm, Anthology Film Archives will host an evening of film and video works by Ira Cohen and Piero Heliczer. At the center of this event is the underground classic, The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda (Dir. Ira Cohen, 1968), showcasing the music of Angus MacLise and the Universal Mutant Repertory Company. The program will also include works by Heliczer starring MacLise, Marty Topp portapak video from the Ira Cohen Jefferson St. loft (1971-72), and the world premiere of a new film, Heavy Canon (Dir. Ira Cohen, 1968/2011), comprised of unseen 16mm footage shot in Cohen’s Mylar Chamber and scored with tapes from the Angus MacLise archive.

NOTE: This screening, planned for months, was meant to open with a brief introduction by Ira Cohen. Ira passed away April 25th, 2011. Will Cameron, Mr. Cohen’s assistant and a Boo-Hooray curator, will hold a moment of silence to mark his passing alongside the grief and joy we feel reflecting upon how our lives were touched by this great man.

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“Angus MacLise was the Velvet Underground’s first drummer. He withdrew when he found out that at a paying job he had to start and stop playing when told to. No one told Angus to stop playing. So the job of a working musician was impossible for Angus, and he taught us all a lesson about purity of spirit.
Angus was a dream percussionist. A dream person.”

– Lou Reed


The Art and Life of Angus MacLise 1938 – 1979
May 10 – May 29, 2011

Art Exhibition


Boo-Hooray Gallery Chelsea

521 W 23rd Street

Sound Installation


Boo-Hooray Gallery Chinatown

Location to-be-announced, Chinatown, NYC

Opening party: Tue, May 10, 2011, 6pm at Boo-Hooray Chelsea

Film Screening at Anthology Film Archives: Thurs, May 12, 2011 at 8pm

Walks and Talks at Chelsea Location: Sat 5/14 at 3pm, Sat 5/21 at 3pm

DREAMWEAPON is curated by Johan Kugelberg and Will Cameron.

For more information
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Exhibition series overview

Sound installation overview

About Angus MacLise