An Epic Film about the life of Boyd Rice
by Larry Wessel
SPECIAL SCREENINGS AT NEW YORK’S INFLUENTIAL ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
August 20 – Anthology Film Archives, NYC - 7pm
August 21 – Anthology Film Archives, NYC - 7pm
Four hours in length and six years in the making, Larry Wessel’s documentary about the “Godfather of Noise Music” and industrial music pioneer has two screenings lined up on August 20th and 21st at the iconic Anthology Film Archive cinema in New York. To purchase tickets visithttp://anthologyfilmarchives.org
ICONOCLAST is an epic view of the controversial life of American underground artist/musicianBoyd Rice. Currently finishing his forthcoming NON album set for release on Mute in 2012, Boyd recently performed in the UK at the Roundhouse for Mute’s Short Circuit festival. Boyd Rice first came to prominence in the 1970s as one of the founders of the genre known as Industrial Music. Since then, Rice has enjoyed a career spanning four decades, encompassing the worlds of pop culture, music, art, and film. He has been dubbed ‘The Godfather of Noise Music’, authored several books, exhibited his art in a number of one-man gallery shows, and even lectured at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, despite having been a high-school dropout.
Told through the words of the provocative raconteur himself, ICONOCLAST is a roller coaster ride through the fevered mindscape of one of the most controversial artists of the modern age. From Charles Manson to Marilyn Manson, tiki bars to industrial noise, this kaleidoscopic magnum opus features dozens and dozens of interview subjects, including filmmaker Allison Anders, televangelist Bob Larson, satanist Blanche Barton, and disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer.
"My life, says Boyd Rice, "is a testament to the idea that you can achieve whatever the hell you want if you possess a modicum of creativity, and a certain amount of naiveté concerning what is and isn't possible in this world. I've had one-man shows of my paintings in New York, but I'm not a painter. I've authored several books, but I'm not a writer. I've made a living as a recording artist for the last 30 years, but I can't read a note of music or play any instrument. I've somehow managed to make a career out of doing a great number of things I'm in no way qualified to do."
Along the way, Rice worked as a celebrity bodyguard (protecting the likes of Julie Newmar and Maureen McCormack), owned a Tiki Bar (Tiki Boyd's), starred in an exploitation movie (Pearls Before Swine), and co-edited an influential book on low budget cult films (Incredibly Strange Films).
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About Anthology Film Archives: Founded in 1969 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. Its mission is to preserve, exhibit, and promote public and scholarly understanding of independent, classic, and avant-gardecinema. Anthology screens more than 900 film and video programs per year, publishes books and catalogs annually, and has preserved more than 800 films to date.