Jack Smith was a pioneer of underground cinema, and generally acclaimed as the founding father of American performance art. He helped to create the “trash cinema” aesthetic, using his no-budget means of production as a component of his aesthetic, rather than an obstacle. He created his first film “Buzzards Over Baghdad” in 1952 at the age of 20 and moved to New York City a year later. His film in 1963, “Flaming Creatures,” scandalized New York and a great deal of the rest of the country when authorities seized Smith’s prints of it at the premiere, labeling it “pornographic.” His work greatly influenced Andy Warhol and John Waters, among others, and galvanized the efforts of a multitude of future transgressive filmmakers. It’s also credited with creating drag culture. Jack Smith created costumes for John Vaccaro’s avant-garde troupe, known as Playhouse of the Ridiculous.
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