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A mesmerizing collage of images and audio from the life and work of Jack Smith, the underground filmmaker... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (From Underground Film Journal. 10 January 2011, 6:00 AM, PST)

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 (From Underground Film Journal. 30 May 2010, 6:00 AM, PDT)

Flaming Creatures Memories
 (From Underground Film Journal. 18 May 2010, 6:00 AM, PDT)

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  (in credits order)
Jack Smith ... Himself (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nayland Blake ... Himself
Ira Cohen ... Himself
Tony Conrad ... Composer
Richard Foreman ... Himself
Ivan Galietti ... Himself
Helen Gee ... Limelight Gallery founder
Robert Heide ... Himself
Henry Hills ... Himself
Gary Indiana ... Himself
Ken Jacobs ... Himself
Mike Kelley ... Artist

George Kuchar ... Himself
Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt ... Himself
Sylvere Lotringer ... Himself
Agosto Machado ... Performer

Judith Malina ... Theatre Director / Actor
John Matturri ... Himself

Taylor Mead ... Himself
Jonas Mekas ... Anthology Film Archives / Filmmaker
Mario Montez ... Himself
Billy Name ... Himself
William Niederkorn ... Author
Uzi Parnes ... Himself
Lawrence Rinder ... Himself
Ari M. Roussimoff ... Himself

Andrew Sarris ... Himself
Mary Sue Slater ... Herself
Sue Slater ... Sister
Abbe Stubbenhaus ... Assistant 1967 - 1972
Jerry Tartaglia ... Himself
Ronald Tavel ... Himself
Ela Troyano ... Filmmaker
John Vaccaro ... Himself

Andy Warhol ... Himself (archive footage)

John Waters ... Himself
Robert Wilson ... Director

Holly Woodlawn ... Himself

Mary Woronov ... Herself

Nick Zedd ... Filmmaker
John Zorn ... Himself

Directed by
Mary Jordan 
Writing credits
Mary Jordan 

Produced by
Mary Jordan .... executive producer
Mary Jordan .... producer
Stephen Kessler .... executive producer
Ross Morgan .... executive producer
Kenneth Peralta .... executive producer
Kenneth Peralta .... producer
Richard Prince .... executive producer
Kenneth Wayne .... producer
Alessandra Zeka .... line producer
Original Music by
Robert Aaron 
Joel Diamond  (as Joel A. Diamond)
Thurston Moore 
Matt Morandi  (as Matthew Morandi)
Cinematography by
Jon Fordham 
Mary Jordan 
Film Editing by
Alex Marquez 
Sound Department
Richie Nieto .... sound re-recording mixer
Richie Nieto .... supervising sound editor
Bill Seery .... sound editor
Kelly Spivey .... sound editor
Andrew Sterling .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
J.M. Silverman .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Konstantin Bojanov .... additional editor
Brian Gates .... additional editor
Sharon Hughes .... assistant editor
Delia Kelly .... assistant editor
Richard Kryszko .... assistant editor
Emir Lewis .... additional editor
James Lyons .... consulting editor
H. Spencer Young .... additional editor
H. Spencer Young .... contributing editor
Paul Zucker .... additional editor
Paul Zucker .... contributing editor
Music Department
Deirdre Corley .... assistant music supervisor
Carlton DeWoody .... assistant music supervisor (as Carlton DeWoody III)
Connie Howell .... music supervisor (as Connie M. Howell)
Mary Jordan .... music supervisor
The Wowz .... musician
Other crew
Michael Almereyda .... script advisor
Ariana Bernstein .... production assistant
Rachel Mary Cox .... production assistant
Nicholas Feitel .... intern
Sam Grossman .... assistant writer
Gregory Segal .... production assistant
H. Spencer Young .... script advisor
Daniel Nevitt .... uncredited

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USA:94 min
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating documentary about an unique figure, 22 December 2007
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

Jack Smith was, as several noted in the film, the artist's artist. His work was unique, revolutionary, and quite daring. However, his greatest asset (a highly uncompromising nature) was also his greatest downfall. His insistence on doing things his own way and having no interest in commercial prospects was commendable, but certainly no way to live. He starved for most of his life, seeing his most notorious work "Flaming Creatures" gain more and more infamy with all the proceeds going to its distributor. While artists he influenced such as Andy Warhol and John Waters became cultural landmarks, Smith is still largely unknown. However, his output is truly amazing even today and this film is probably the easiest way to see clips from his work.

The documentary itself takes on a highly subjective tone, but I feel that it for once works in the favor of its subject. The makers obviously felt great sympathy towards Smith, and their biased format makes it easier to tap into Smith's mind and his disdain for commercial art. The film finds the perfect balance between interviews and archival footage - this is far more than just a series of talking heads and is much more quickly paced than the average documentary. "Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis" is a highly valuable cultural artifact and the easiest way to learn about an influential artist who's still unfortunately overlooked. (8/10)

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