Cinema Under The Influence and the Third Annual Chain NYC Film Festival present:
Michael Kupperman/ THE CHRISTINE JORGENSEN STORY
After two sold-out screenings with R. Kelly for “Trapped in the Comfort,” Cinema Under the Influence returns with an exploration of surrealism and transgender identity co-hosted by NYC-based comic artist, illustrator, and writer Michael Kupperman in conjunction with the Third Annual Chain NYC Film Festival.
At 9 pm, join us in the Chain’s performance space for a live-reading of some of Mr. Kupperman’s work. Armed with a projector, an array of voices, and–occasionally–a Mark Twain costume, Kupperman has been entertaining audiences around NYC with these performances for years.
Following the performance will be a screening of the Adult Swim special SNAKE ‘N’ BACON (2009, 11 minutes.) Based on Kupperman’s comic strip of the same name, it follows the adventures of the titular duo: a piece of bacon whose every utterance is a fact about bacon and a snake who can only hiss. Featuring the talents of Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live, Superbad, Trainwreck), Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords, 30 Rock), Dan Bakkedahl (Legit, Veep), and James Urbaniak (The Venture Brothers), the episode showcases Kupperman’s taste for the surreal as it stretches into another medium.
A brief Q&A as well as an intro to our feature will follow.
Our feature presentation will be a screening of THE CHRISTINE JORGENSEN STORY (1970, 98 minutes), a selection that Kupperman hand-picked for this program. In this true-life drama about the transwoman who was the subject of the first sex change operation, director Irving Rapper explores and critiques political attitudes of the day. The film also remains an important time capsule of public attitudes toward transgender people, a topic that has thankfully received more attention in recent years.
Please join us for this one-of-a-kind program, as we journey deep into the rich and bizarre world of a true New York treasure.
Tickets are $15 and include the film, a raffle, and beer.