in front of us presents “Portrait of Jason” and “Jason and Shirley”

March 22, 2017 at 7PM

Admission: Free

“Portrait of Jason” is a 1967 documentary film directed, produced and edited by Shirley Clarke and starring Jason Holliday (né Aaron Payne, 1924-1998). A gay African-American hustler and aspiring cabaret performer, Jason is the sole on-screen presence in the film. He narrates his troubled life story to the camera, behind which Clarke and her partner at the time, actor Carl Lee, provoke and berate Jason with increasing hostility as the film progresses. The film employs avant-garde and cinéma vérité techniques to reach the tragedy underlying Jason’s theatrical, exaggerated persona.

“Jason and Shirley” is a 2015 drama comedy fantasy film by Stephen Winter. The film is a historical re-imagining that revisits the making of Shirley Clarke’s 1967 documentary Portrait of Jason. The film premiered at the 2015 BAMcinemaFest at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and went on to screen at Frameline, Outfest, Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, and New Orleans Film Festival. Jason and Shirley’s NY theatrical premiere will be at the MoMA in October 2015.

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