We all know about Andy Warhol. Art neophytes or pop culture collectors alike are familiar with the man who made art of death, commodity and famous faces. Behind the artist was the Factory, where many circled, but few made lasting names for themselves to the world at large. It was hardly the environment to achieve singular greatness, between the shadow of Warhol himself and the ego and drugs that surrounded him. It is in this mess that the world never really noticed Danny Williams, a Harvard dropout, Factory member and presumed Warhol lover.
One day in 1966, he borrowed his mother's car, drove to the sea, and vanished. His disappearance left a deep, cavernous question in the lives of the family that he left behind. Years later by chance, niece Esther Robinson and her family were presented with forgotten films made by her uncle during his tenure at the Factory. This fuelled Robinson to create A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory -- a documentary meant to try and suss out who Danny was, and what happened to him in the time leading up to his disappearance. The film features scenes from Williams' silent films, family mementos/interviews and of course, a number of chats with the surviving members of the Factory, such as Paul Morrissey, Brigid Berlin, Danny Fields and Billy Name.