PITTSBURGH, PA.- The Andy Warhol Museum
announces the release of Andy Warhols film San Diego Surf. Warhol is widely regarded as one of the most important artist of the second half of the 20th century, and he brought the vision of a successful artist to his filmmaking activities. He produced more than 4,000 reels of film between 1963 and 1971, when the works were withdrawn from circulation. It wasnt until the early 1980s, a project began to preserve and re-release the films of Andy Warhol, with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. In 1997, The Warhol received the copyright to this material as a gift from The Andy Warhol Foundation. Of great interest even in his lifetime, Warhols films have attracted overwhelming public and scholarly attention since they have become newly available. Their wide-ranging influence can be seen in the work of contemporary artists, as well as numerous exhibitions, and publications.
San Diego Surf was filmed in La Jolla, California, about 30 miles down the coast from Los Angeles, in May, 1968. It was filmed in color on 16mm with two cameras, manned by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey, and featured Superstars Viva, Taylor Mead, Louis Waldon, Joe Dallesandro, Tom Hompertz, Ingrid Superstar, and Eric Emerson, plus Nawana Davis and others. Its loose narrative concerns an unhappily married couple (Taylor Mead and Viva) with a baby who rent their beach house to a group of surfers. After it was shot, it was only partially edited and never released. In 1995-96, the Andy Warhol Foundation commissioned Paul Morrissey, under the supervision of Foundation curator Dara Meyers-Kingsley, to complete the editing, based on existing notes and the rough cut.
One of the last films in which Warhol had direct involvement, San Diego Surf was the first time Warhol had made a movie in California since the early Tarzan and Jane Regained, Sort of
in 1963. The month after San Diego Surf filming was completed, Warhol was shot by Valerie Solanas, which virtually ended his work behind the movie camera. The film is being released by The Warhol, who holds all the copyrights to this film which has never before been publically shown.
Geralyn Huxley, The Warhols curator of film & video states, I am thrilled to see a new Andy Warhol film being released to the public after more than 40 years. Shot in the style of his late color films, it features two of Warhols Superstars - Viva at her most radiant and Taylor Mead at his most radical. We are proud to extend our mission to promote and share the work of Warhol with our global audience with this vibrant work.
Eric Shiner, director states, Even twenty five years after his death Warhol continues to surprise contemporary audiences. This never-before-seen film expands Warhols filmic legacy and demonstrates Warhols read on the west coast and its surfing culture. Were delighted to collaborate with The Museum of Modern Art on the world premiere of this film, and as always, we appreciate their enthusiasm toward Andy Warhol and his films.
The world premiere screening of the film will take place at The Museum of Modern Art as part of To Save and Project: The Eleventh MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation in New York City on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.