Matthew Barney's THE CREMASTER CYCLE comes to the IFC Theater this spring;
Cremaster 1 & 2
Cremaster 4 & 5
It turns out the Cremaster Cycle / De Lama Lamina screenings in Seattle that we previously reported are part of a wider theatrical release of Matthew Barney's films via International Film Circuit. The films are currently slated to be screened in four U.S. cities: Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. International Film Circuit's web site has more information on the venues and dates. After opening in these cities, the Cremaster Cycle will tour across the country over the summer and fall. If you are interested in hosting the films, rental rates (35mm prints) are surprisingly reasonable, starting at $500 per film.
Cremaster Fanatics should note that Matthew Barney will appear for a Q&A session at the screening at the IFC Film Center in New York on May 19. Also, sadly, the press release states that the, "Epic Masterwork is Not Now Nor Will it Ever be Available on DVD".
I tried watching a bootleg d/l of all the films, but the audio/visual transfer made me nauseous. Parts of the film are slow and aggravating, and i still say that while Barney is a tremendous artist/photographer, he is no film maker... but Cremaster is bizarre enough as a visual fest with some truly interesting imagery and ideas, making it at least somewhat worthy of a glance. It seems like a theater is the way to see this.
Since i'm broke as a joke, i don't know if i'll make it out to the city to check out at least one of the viewings, but i'll see i guess. in the meantime here's the alluring trailer (a higher quality version is available on the website posted above), along with a truly bad ass scene involving Slayer/Fantomas drummer Dave Lombardo, Steve Tucker of Morbid Angel, and a fuck-lot of bees. enjoy.