By Bryce J. Renninger | Indiewire August 19, 2013 at 1:25PM
The first American retrospective for New Queer Cinema provocateur Gregg Araki will come to the Museum of Arts & Design, at New York's Columbus Circle, this September and October. The series will feature rare films from Araki's oeuvre, including his classic film "The Living End," his first feature "Three Bewildered People in the Night," and a pilot for a television show that never came to be, described as "Twin Peaks for MTV."
Araki will also host a master class on Saturday, September 28.
"God Help Me: Gregg Araki" was curated by MAD's Director of Public Programs, the filmmaker Jake Yuzna. The entire lineup, with links to more information on the MAD website, is below.
The Living End
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 7 p.m.
Araki's entry into the New Queer Cinema movement, The Living End humorously and honestly tackles the effects of HIV on Generation X through the experiences of star-crossed lovers that take to the American roads in search of a future for themselves.
Three Bewildered People in the Night
Friday, September 20, 2013, 7 p.m.
Araki's first feature film, Three Bewildered People in the Night (1987)—made with only $5,000—follows an unlikely threesome who fall head-first into a love triangle that forever changes their lives.
The Doom Generation
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 7 p.m.
A road-trip film like no other, The Doom Generation established Rose McGowan as a rising star for her portrayal of 1/3 of a criminal ménage à trois who embarks on a crime spree across America. Encountering a bizarre cast of characters, played by Parker Posey, Margaret Cho, and Skinny Puppy, the three discover the shadows of the American dream.
Friday, September 27, 2013, 7 p.m.
Aptly described by director Gregg Araki as Beverly Hills 90210 on acid, Nowhere features a sterling cast of has-beens and yet-to-bes including Shannen Doherty, Traci Lords, Ryan Phillipe, Heather Graham, Mena Suvari, Christina Applegate, and John Ritter tooling around the teenage wasteland of L.A.
666: A Master Class with Gregg Araki
Saturday, September 28, 2013, 3 p.m.
Join Gregg Araki for a rare and intimate master class. The session follows the trajectory of Araki's career and includes segments from his newest film, giving insight into the practice behind this original's greatest cinematic works.
Totally F****ed Up
Thursday, October 3, 2013, 7 p.m.
A vivid portrait of the lives of six young gay and lesbian characters as they tackle everyday adolescent pressures compounded by a host of extraordinary burdens: AIDS, homophobia, gay bashing, parental rejection, and escalating gay teen suicide rates.
This is How the World Ends
Friday, October 4, 2013, 7 p.m.
Director Gregg Araki describes this pilot episode of a never-realized television show, This is How the Worlds Ends, as "Twin Peaks for MTV." Dancing midget rock fans transform into gun-wielding robbers. Things that are, aren't. Zombie, a narcoleptic, keeps waking up in bizarre situations. A rare glimpse into the Araki TV show that never was!
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 7 p.m.
Based on the novel by Scott Heim, Gregg Araki's poignant and touching Mysterious Skin stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a tale that explores the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse on the trajectories of two young men.
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 3 p.m.
Unapologetically libidinous and hilarious, Kaboom follows a college student, Smith, as he begins to uncover the truth about his birth, fate, and cult prophecies. College isn't what it used to be as Smith and his friends face the troubles with dating witches, the issues around drooling over your hunky roommate Thor, and-of course-the end of the world.