Director: Wynn Chamberlain | USA 1970 | 86 min
The Great Lost Work of American Avant-Garde Film! With the Warhol superstar Taylor Mead as the all-pervasive force who plays a number of roles, from the flamboyant workout homo to the president, "Brand X" is a biting parody of commercial American TV. The film is structured like a typical TV day in a compressed form, complete with talk shows, news reports, quizzes and sitcoms, continuously interrupted by absurd commercials. In the process, we get to see several countercultural luminaries, from Sam Shephard and Abbie Hoffman via Candy Darling to Jimi Hendrix. And apart from hitting a whole number of contemporary phenomena where it hurts most, the film contains several prophetic features, for example a vision about internet dating. But in spite of its high level of ambition, "Brand X" was the only film by the now 83-year-old painter and author Wynn Chamberlain. After just a few screenings in 1970, it was taken off the billboards for unknown reasons and disappeared off the face of the earth for four decades, until it earlier this year could celebrate its re-premiere in New York - and you can now enjoy its international re-premiere in Copenhagen. The screening is introduced by Wynn Chamberlain's son, Sam Chamberlain.
Brand X (USA, 1970, 86 min.)
Director: Wynn Chamberlain.