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Mary Jordan, Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis

One of the most influential underground artists of the '60s, Jack Smith - filmmaker, photographer, actor and full-time, life-long eccentric - had a willful disdain for celebrity even as he became the mentor and model for Andy Warhol, who famously admitted that Smith was "the only person I would ever try to copy." For her film The Destruction of Atlantis, writer-director Mary Jordan spent five years assembling interviews and, most importantly, extremely rare footage - including Smith's notorious, censored, sued, banned 1962 sex-drugs-nudity masterwork Flaming Creatures - for her incisive look at the late East Village denizen who was, in many respects, his own worst enemy.


Beyond the Subtitles


Stephen Schaefer hosts candid conversations with actors, filmmakers, producers and movie people near and far. Schaefer has over three decades of writing and talking about movies behind him. He is the author of the Hollywood spoof The Autobiography of Marla Del Marr as told to Stephen Schaefer  and is currently a film critic and entertainment writer for The Boston Herald; and a contributor to USA Today and Entertainment Weekly.