Platform 2016: Charles Atlas: Son of Sam and Delilah (Howl! Happening)
Son of Sam and Delilah (Dir. Charles Atlas, 1991, 26:59 min, video, color, sound)
Created by pioneering multimedia artist Charles Atlas, Son of Sam and Delilah is “a dark vision of an America where life is cheap and even the moments of tenderness have a life threatening edge.” An amalgam of cross-cut scenes, Son of Sam and Delilah features New York performance luminaries John Kelly (as Delilah), Hapi Phace, Almon Grimsted, Brian Butterick, Anna Levine-Thompson, Casey MacDonald, Lucy Sexton & Anne Iobst (DANCENOISE), and Sunny in the late 1980s through 1991. Atlas explained in 2012: “[Son of Sam and Delilah] was unusual because I had people to help, and I didn’t know where it was going at first. I only realized after I made it what it was about – all my friends who were dying of AIDS.”
This evening will conclude with a post-screening discussion with Atlas and Stuart Comer, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, Museum of Modern Art.
Part of PLATFORM 2016: Lost and Found