The Films of Willard Maas [introduced by Gerard Malanga]
New York: Film-makers Cooperative, ca. 1964. Mimeograph to recto and verso on pink stock. Two horizontal lines from folding; otherwise, near fine. Item #5925
The flyer and program for a series of films by Willard Maas, presented by the Film-makers Cooperative, screened at the Gramercy Arts Theatre, and introduced by Gerard Malanga.
The four films shown were made from 1943-1958, and are praised on verso by the likes of Maya Deren, Arthur Miller, John LaTouche and others. Maas was the husband of filmmaker Marie Menken, and starred in Andy Warhol’s film Blowjob. Together, Menken and Maas were experimental filmmakers throughout the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s, staging salons to bring together writers, filmmakers, and intellectuals.
A rare glimpse into the films of this understudied artist, and an artifact of an important event bridging two generations of queer downtown artists.