I guess there's some hoopla goin' on tomorrow night in Washington - I heard some guy on the TV talkin' about how Jenna Bush's dress is gonna be "cut down to here" - but I've been saving the date of January 20 for a very different kind of gala. At MoMA's An Evening With Kenneth Anger, the former child actor/experimental filmmaker/inventor of critical scandal studies will be on hand to introduce three recent works: The Man We Want to Hang (2002), Anger's treatise on the paintings of his spiritual mentor, Aleister Crowley; Anger Sees RED (2002); Elliott's Suicide (2004), a rumination on the death of indie-rock martyr Elliott Smith; and, the world premiere of Anger's latest short, Mouse Heaven (2004), a critique of consumption via the world of Disney memorabilia.

A couple of years ago, I went to see Anger introduce his Magic Lantern Cycle at The Castro Theater in San Francisco. He showed excerpts from the as-of-then-untitled Crowley film, but spoke of it as though he was having a hard time finding the energy to finish it. Apparently, not only did he finish that film, but has since made three others. This is a remarkable burst of achievement for the 77-year-old Anger, who has been largely inactive as a filmmaker since the early 70s. Cross your fingers, kids - this could mean that Hollywood Babylon III isn't far behind.

An Evening with Kenneth Anger will commence on Thursday, January 20, at 8:15pm. The Museum of Modern Art, located on 53rd Street near Fifth Avenue in New York City. For more information on this and other MoMA film programs, please visit their website.

categories Cinematical