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Silver and Gold

Silver & Gold

Duration: 45 mins.
Media: Filmformance
Date: 2009

Description:Silver & Gold combines film, live performance, and original costumes into a self-proclaimed "filmformance" that evokes the muse of legendary filmmaker Jack Smith and his tribute to 1940s Dominican movie starlet Maria Montez in a magical and joyfully twisted exploration of race, glamour, sexuality, and the silver screen.

In this performance event she alternates between action and live narration of an 8 minute film projection. Stirred by iconic underground filmmaker Jack Smith, Bustamante interprets Smith's muse: 1940s Dominican movie starlet Maria Montez. Honing-in on Smith's interest in Hollywood's obsession with the reproduction of the exotic, Bustamante will embody Miss Montez. Using video and the body as a source of backdrop, narrative, and emotion, she takes the spectator on a bizarre and radical journey finding a new bejeweled body part, which is at once her curse and oracle. This new performance is the fruit of a commission by the LIVE FILM/ Jack Smith festival, co-organized by Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art and Hebbel-am-Ufer Theater (HAU) in Berlin.

Performance History:
Sundance International Film Festival, Park City, Utah, January 24 - 28, 2010

THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE II, Franklin Furnace, with Performa 09, Abrons Art Center/Henry Street Settlement, Manhattan, New York November 6 - 7, 2009.

LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! Five Flaming Days in a Rented World, Theatre HAU 1, Berlin, Germany October 31, 2009

PERFORM! NOW! Chung King Projects, Los Angeles, California July 25, 2009

18th Annual HOT! Festival, Dixon Place, New York, New York July 05, 2009

New Silent, organized by Rhizome, New Museum, New York, New York, June 19, 2009

Joe's Pub, New York, New York June 4, 2009

Photo Credit: Eleanor Goldsmith