Herb Shellenberger

Taylor Mead (1924–2013): It's My Party and I'll Die if I Want To
July 25, 2013
Vox Populi Gallery
Philadelphia, PA, US

Part of Black Circle Cinema, co-programmed with Jesse Pires

Black Circle Cinema lovingly presents our tribute to the recently-passed Taylor Mead (1924-2013), lifelong poet, actor of stage and screen, and Warhol superstar. Famous for roles in films by Robert Downey, Ron Rice, Adolfas Mekas, Jonas Mekas and Andy Warhol (among many others), Taylor Mead lit up the screen and drew the viewer in to every role, no matter how minor. He was also a fixture on the Bowery poetry scene and a superstar who made himself accessible to all. We are proud to present rare diary films that Taylor Mead made during his travels in the 1960s, as well as a vastly underseen (even by us!) 1960 film by Vernon Zimmerman that promises Taylor Mead in eleven roles!

My Home Movies, Taylor Mead, 1964, US, 16mm, 38'
Home Movies: Rome/Florence/Venice/Greece,Taylor Mead, 1965, Italy/Greece, 16mm, 14'
Home Movies: NYC to San Diego, Taylor Mead, 1968, US, 16mm, 19'
Lemon Hearts, Vernon Zimmerman, 1960, US, 16mm, 26'