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February 11: Excavating Taylor Mead

(2005) Directed by William Kirkley


An official selection at the Raindance London Film Festival, the International Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and the TriBeCa Film Festival and named one of the top ten films of 2005 by Artforum, Excavating Taylor Mead is the story of one man’s journey and struggle for survival in America’s independent film and art community.  Known primarily in the inner circles of New York’s art historians and followers of Warhol, Mead’s resumé demonstrates how he may be one of underground film’s most prolific yet overlooked artists.

Filmed over a four-year period and spanning nearly eight decades, we follow Taylor’s eviction from his lower east side apartment to co-starring in Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee & Cigarettes.  Filtered through his life choices, Excavating Taylor Mead is an endearing character study of someone who has lived a unique artistic path.  Best put by Taylor, “It’s the opposite end of the Robert Evans spectrum.”

Featuring many clips from the early independent film movement including never before seen Warhol footage, Excavating Taylor Mead considers the fate of those who helped bring about the new American cinema of the 1960s and raises questions as to the sacrifices we make for art.