MCASD to screen Warhol’s lost La Jolla surf film
The La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD) will screen the film Andy Warhol shot in La Jolla just prior to his attempted murder in June of 1968.
The partially edited footage from May 1968 was largely forgotten until decades later, when it was reassembled as “Surf San Diego.” The film will screen on the West Coast for the first time 5:30 p.m. March 16 at MCASD La Jolla’s Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St.
Guests are invited to come early for a pre-screening happy hour beginning at 4:30 PM, which will include light snacks and a no-host bar, as well as the opportunity to view archival footage of Warhol and Paul Morrissey making the film. This never-before-seen footage was filmed by La Jollan Lee Pratt.
“San Diego Surf” was filmed in color with two cameras manned by Warhol and collaborator Paul Morrissey. The film features Factory superstars Viva, Taylor Mead, Louis Waldon, Joe Dallesandro, Tom Hompertz, Ingrid Superstar, Eric Emerson, Nawana Davis, and others.
Its loose narrative concerns an unhappily married couple (Taylor Mead and Viva) that rent their beach house to a group of surfers. In 1995-96, The Andy Warhol Foundation commissioned Morrissey, under the supervision of Foundation curator Dara Meyers-Kingsley, to complete the editing based on existing notes and the rough cut. Andy Warhol produced more than 4,000 reels of film between 1963 and 1971, when the works were withdrawn from circulation. In the early 1980s a project began to preserve and re-release his films. One of the last films in which Warhol had direct involvement, “San Diego Surf” is being released by The Andy Warhol Museum.
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