Summer Movie Party

It’s time for our 17th Annual Summer Movie Party!

    Friday, August 19, 2016 • Party 6pm • Film Screening 7:30pm
    William Way LGBT Community Center • 1315 Spruce Street • Philadelphia

    Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door

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      Secret Cinema presents Boom!
      by Jay Schwartz of Secret Cinema

      “BOOM! is beyond bad, the other side of camp…a film so genuinely beautiful
      and awful that there is only one word to describe it: perfect.” – John

      On Friday, August 19, the Secret Cinema will return to the William Way Community Center to help present the 17th annual summer movie party for the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. The festivities will once again include food, fun and film, including a screening of BOOM! – a one-of-a-kind, art/camp explosion of ripe dialogue and acting histrionics that John Waters has frequently cited as his all-time favorite movie (and yes, the exclamation point is part of the film’s title).

      There will also be a surprise short subject. Film historian (and past movie party guest) Richard Barrios will introduce and discuss the feature.

      AS ALWAYS with Secret Cinema events, the films will be shown using real film (not video) projected on a giant screen.

      A full description of the feature follows.

      BOOM! (1968 Dir: Joseph Losey)
      “I have a test — I can’t fall in love with anyone who doesn’t love this movie. I’d throw them out of my house.” – John Waters

      Never known for restraint in their career choices, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton made a cycle of bickering film duets in the 1960s that saw their stock with critics suffers a steady decline. But none of these efforts made for a more delirious movie experience than Joseph Losey’s BOOM!, adapted from a Tennessee Williams’ screenplay. Taylor plays Sissie Goforth, the “bloody bitch of the world,” who lives in wealthy seclusion on an island near Sardinia. There she spends her days drinking, popping pills and screaming at her army of servants while wearing a variety of ludicrous kabuki outfits and a reported $2 million in jewelry. A mysterious poet (Burton) named “the Angel of Death” arrives one day, eluding the island’s evil midget guard, and becomes the sounding board for Sissie’s non-stop delivery of neo-beat aphorisms (“What’s human or inhuman is not for human decision”). It all takes place in the surreally beautiful setting of a clifftop house of starkly minimalist design, captured in gorgeous, widescreen Technicolor. Sir Noel Coward appears in the brief but deliciously bitchy role of “the Witch of Capri.” Audiences and film critics were not impressed in 1968, and BOOM! was one of the most notorious flops of its era. Forty-eight years later, after Post-Modernism, continually evolving concepts of “good” and “bad” art, and steady championing by John Waters — who called Taylor’s character “the ultimate drag queen role” — BOOM! can be considered a kind of perverse masterpiece.

      About our guest speaker:
      Richard Barrios’ last book DANGEROUS RHYTHM: WHY MOVIE MUSICALS MATTER was reviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Philadelphia Inquirer. He is also the author of A SONG IN THE DARK: THE BIRTH OF THE MUSICAL FILM, and SCREENED OUT: PLAYING GAY IN HOLLYWOOD FROM EDISON TO STONEWALL. Richard Barrios has written on film for the New York Times, provided commentary tracks for several DVDs, and appears in the documentary feature DO I SOUND GAY?


      Sponsorship Opportunities

        Movie Producer – $750
        • Large listing on the sponsor board
        • Logo featured in the Movie Party program
        • Twelve (12) tickets

        Movie Star – $500
        • Large listing on the sponsor board
        • Large feature in Movie Party program
        • Eight (8) tickets

        Co-­Star – $250
        • Large listing on the sponsor board
        • Logo featured in the program
        • Six (6) tickets

        Extra – $100
        • Listing on the sponsor board
        • Recognition in the program
        • Three (3) tickets

      Every sponsor will be listed in the Fall issue of Good Counsel, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania’s newsletter.

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Please save the date for Boo! at bahdeebahdu, a sit-down, catered dinner followed by live performances and a Halloween dance party – Friday, October 28, 2016. Stay tuned for more information!