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Microscope Gallery: Nick Zedd Films, Part 2

By Mike Everleth ⋅ February 6, 2011

Drawing of a microscope

Feb. 7
7:00 p.m.
Microscope Gallery
4 Charles Place
Brooklyn, NY 11221

Hosted by: Microscope Gallery

Following last month’s successful screening of Nick Zedd‘s films, Brooklyn’s Microscope Gallery is having the Master of Transgression come back for a second time with four different films spanning across his career.

This event also marks the last time you can check out Zedd’s paintings and publications that are also on display in the gallery. His oil paintings — a series he’s been working on over the past three years called “Entities” — are portraits of mutants that are pretty freaky looking, so if you haven’t seen them in person yet, now’s the time to go. You can see samples of them on the Microscope Gallery website.

The films that Zedd will be screening at this Closing Night event include his notorious 1987 classic, Police State, a 20 min. 16mm B&W film, which is described as “one of the best narrative movies to emerge from the Cinema of Transgression” in Jack Sargeant‘s definitive book Deathtripping. In it, Zedd is tortured and beaten by thuggish police officers.

Also screening are I of K9 (2000), which is part of a collaborative homage to the classic Andy Warhol film Kiss; the spoof Lord of the Cockrings (2001), starring the Rev. Jen; and Episode 10 of Zedd’s NYC public access TV show The Adventures of Electra Elf. The 2005 episode, also starring Rev. Jen and entitled “Of Lice and Men,” has the titular character facing off against radio blowhard Rush Lintball (Chuck Funk) who becomes the supervillain Captain SUV.

The below photo of Electra Elf and Captain SUV is taken from the show’s official website:

The superhero Electra Elf is gagged by the supervillain Captain SUV

The entire Electra Elf TV series is also currently available on DVD.