Dan Asher: Near Life Experience
Feature Length documentary by
Three years in the life of the high-functioning autistic artist Dan Asher,
his rants and raves, his postures and funks, as he goes about the Herculean task
of mounting his next
New York gallery show.
Friday, August 31st, 2007
8:30 - Live Music
9:00 - Movies Begin
11:30-1AM -After Party: Open Bar at Bar
Courtesy of Dewar's Scotch Whisky and Martin Miller's Gin
On the lawn of Automotive High School
50 Bedford Ave, between N. 12th and Lorimer, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
In the event of rain the show is indoors at the same location.
Drive at All Automotive Shows:
your old books to the Automotive library! Details HERE
Tickets -$8 at the door or online HERE
Ticket include FREE open bar at Bar
Presented in partnership
with - IFC.com, New York magazine & Automotive
Dan Asher: Near Life Experience
(Stephanie Schwam| New York| 1:15:00)
Dan is a picture-perfect example of the eccentric artist: wild-eyed, bushy-haired,
given to flights of fancy, prone to bouts of depression. But upon closer inspection,
what one finds is a man in a constant state of conflict with his surroundings,
able to communicate best by means of his art.
Dan is autistic. Dan is manic-depressive and bipolar.
Different doctors say different things. He is a magnificent
pain and has the biggest heart of anyone you know.
Unable or unwilling to hold down a regular job, Dan
barely scrapes by on his art sales, and has been doing
so for over 30 years - by the skin of his teeth.
In the 1970’s he haunted the CBGB punk scene.
In the 1980’s he circled Soho. In the '90’s
he explored the world, from Antarctica to Mongolia
and back. Over the course of his career, Dan has made
and squandered fortunes, always returning to the knife's
edge of creditors and eviction notices as though to
a state of rest.
Near Life Experience takes the viewer on the rollercoaster
ride that is Dan's existence. The film begins with
the inception of his latest project, a photographic
exploration of Backyard Wrestling, where amateur fanatics
beat themselves bloody in the ring. It ends with the
last minute demise of his long-awaited solo show --
another opportunity squandered by Dan's inability to
interact with the world in an “appropriate” way– and
then he surprises us again by parlaying that disaster
into something even better.
Ciguia (Alberto Gonzalez Vazquez| Spain | 2:15)
A clever short animation about a man who
may be a surgeon, may be a musician, or may merely
attempting to seduce you over dinner. Regardless,
you needn't worry about his tremor.
Supposed To (Aleesa Cohene| Canada | 7:00)
TV movies, refracted and recut, holding up a mirror to our daily lives, and
smashing through it.
Book Drive for Automotive
As part of the their ongoing efforts to improve the
educational environment for their students, this year
Automotive High School is making efforts to substantially
expand their library. Of course, the most important thing in the library is
the books, so if you want to help out a public high school that is chronically
short of funding, drop off your old books at any Rooftop show at Automotive
High and they will be added to the library's collection. Pretty much
any and every book is useful, but remember that these are high school students,
so your graduate school text books might not be that useful to them! But novels,
age-appropriate textbooks, non-fiction and historical books and just about
everything else is very useful and would be much appreciated.