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UnionDocs: David Holzman’s Diary + I Heart Staten Island

By Mike Everleth ⋅ June 17, 2013


June 20
6:30 p.m.
322 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hosted by: Northside Festival

As part of Brooklyn’s Northside Festival, this must-attend screening promises to be a particularly mind-altering event.

First up, filmmaker Jef Taylor will be present to introduce his mesmerizing short film I Heart Staten Island, a beguiling work that combines the hyper-real and the surreal to tell a demented tale about the curse of unrestrained desire and ambition. (I Heart Staten Island is also one of several films by the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective screening during Northside.)

Following I Heart Staten Island will be a screening of the iconic ’60s underground film David Holzman’s Diary and a discussion between lead actor L.M. Kit Carson and Clinton Krute of BOMBLOG.

In addition to being a perfect snapshot of Vietnam era turmoil, David Holzman’s Diary also appears to uncannily presage the narcissistic bent of today’s modern media. “David Holzman” is a young filmmaker who, while facing the draft and getting dumped by his girlfriend, slowly loses his sanity as he retreats into making moving images of himself and his life. David’s on-screen “diary” settles uncomfortably on the line between fictional narrative and documentary.

L.M. Kit Carson, after starring in David Holzman’s Diary, has gone on to write screenplays for the horror-satire The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2; Paris, Texas; the American version of Breathless; and other films.

Jef Taylor has also directed several short films reviewed on the Underground Film Journal, such as the controversial Coverage and After You Left.

Watch a clip from David Holzman’s Diary:

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