THE DEADLY ART OF SURVIVAL + NEW YORK CITY HIP HOP CONVENTION
Friday, October 12
THE DEADLY ART OF SURVIVAL
(1979, Charlie Ahearn) Black belt teacher Nathan Ingram stars in Ahearn’s Super -- duper low budget -- 8 ghetto disco chopsocky, The Deadly Art of Survival, a written-on-the-fly ridiculously improbable (yet lovable) cut ‘n’ paste of a now-totally vanished Lower East Side. With an evil karate school called Handsome Harry’s Disco Dojo (its slogan: “Martial Arts With Style”!), the zaniest sex scene of any film — in any gauge — south of 14th St., and two ninjas crawling around at a house party, there’s a trove of quirky shots by Ahearn and artist Beth B.: high-rise rooftops overlooking the FDR Drive, a Brooklyn Bridge bowed through a fish-eye lens, a schizo handheld fight scene and at least one scene from the POV of a cat! Shot on weekends over a year and half (1977-78) in the Smith Projects, with most of the film’s budget going to “buying pizza for the kids,” it features a cameo by artist Kiki Smith and a freshly painted Howard the Duck graf mural by LEE. Digital. Approx. 76 min.