- Jonathan Caouette
Gay filmmaker Caouette began filming, journalling, photographing, and investigating his family at the age of 11, which led to this formally explosive collage of memories, fantasies, and nightmares. Caouette’s mother is a former child model whose confused, possibly abusive parents subjected her to over 100 electro-shock treatments; his own father does not know he exists; and a series of foster parents, addictions, performative acts, and acting-outs erupt across his life. Tarnation fits all of that heady material into a stunning, innovative package that will haunt you for days. Half a dozen major reviewers call it “a masterpiece.” Listed as one of the best films of 2004 by the New York Times, LA Times, Village Voice and Film Comment. Shown with Caouette’s amazing new music video that chronicles in 9 minutes the history of gay rights in America.
Cosponsored with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Studies Film Series