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THROW ME LIKE CLAY  |  John Ledbetter

In 1970 an artist sanctuary-of-sorts hidden under Hollywood's oldest gym to the stars closed its doors for good. After forty-five years and a set of fortunate meta-circumstances, DVNTV producers John Ledbetter and April Day are ushered in through a steel door and down a rickety set of wooden stairs into the primordial studio/fuckpad, abandoned like a counterculture village left to peel in the damp basement air. It is exactly here, from this subterranean sculpting studio, from this Beverly Boulevard lair that the soon-to-be hippie king, Vito Paulekas, would operate his Center for Freaks, spewing a healthy supply of painted-up dancers and sculptors out onto the Sunset strip to thrash their smelly food-sacks right into high-culture hotbeds like Canter's Deli and The Troubadour for a little late nite dance-a-thon/love romp.

 

Produced in association with DVNTV as part of REEK's group exhibition REFINE THE SHAPE: Admissions From The Chaos Theatre.

 

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2017  |  USA  |  9 MIN LOOP

 

 

JOHN LEDBETTER

 

APRIL DAY

 

CHONCEY LANGFORD

WHICKER'S WORLD - VITO + SOU PAULEKAS

MONDO BIZARRO - VITO PAULEKAS SEGMENT

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT - FEATURING VITO PAULEKAS

MONDO HOLLYWOOD - FEATURING VITO PAULEKAS

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