Cinema Q: A Walk into the Sea - Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory
USA, 2007, 75 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Art, Biopic, Documentary, Substance Abuse
In 1965, the creative force that was young Danny Williams appeared to be unstoppable. Dropping out of Harvard against his family's wishes, he moved to Manhattan to begin a film career – and quickly became a fixture at The Factory, where he just as quickly fell in love and moved in with Pop Art pioneer Andy Warhol. All the while he was making art - designing, most notably, the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (EPI), a light show featuring the Velvet Underground and Nico. But in 1966, Warhol ended their affair – and the other Factory members his career: after a Variety reviewer referred to Danny as the EPI mastermind, they accused him of taking credit for Warhol's work and maneuvered for his ouster. Danny returned home to his family in Massachusetts with nothing but a wooden box containing personal effects and a shaving kit filled with drugs. One night shortly thereafter, he went out in his mother's car – and was never seen again.
A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory is director Esther Robinson's personal inquiry into the truth behind her uncle's mysterious disappearance. Having discovered 20 luminous, never-before-seen experimental films that Williams made during his time at The Factory – featuring Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, and the Velvet Underground, among others – Robinson makes judicious use of clips from them, as well as footage from her intimate interviews with surviving Factory members, to quietly dismantle the Warhol myth-making machine and examine the fragility of its inner human workings.
Sponsored by Meininger Art Supply
DIRECTOR: Esther Robinson