Following the smashing success of last month’s REPRESENTATIONS, Boston Hassle has again teamed up with the good folks at Under the Underground for another night of music, fun, and exciting local filmmakers! This time around, UtU will focus on two individual talents with a cockeyed take on American life: Cate Giordano and Josh Deveau.
Coming from a background of drag culture and fine art, Cate Giordano creates heavily constructed worlds in which musty Americana is refracted through a heavily ironic 16mm lens. The production values are deliberately makeshift – sets are made out of plywood, costumes culled from thrift stores, fake mustaches literally held on with masking tape – but the emotions are real, and frequently underscored with a haunting soundtrack of raw, howling folk and gospel. Think of a burlesque Matthew Barney, or perhaps a post-millennial Robert Downey, Sr., and you’re on the right track.
Where Giordano’s work evokes haunting notes of melancholy with an underlying sense of humor, Josh Deveau effectively flips that formula with his brash, garish brand of absurdist comedy. His heavily stylized, deeply tongue-in-cheek camp melodrama calls to mind underground mavericks from John Waters and Andy Warhol to Tim & Eric and Tommy Wiseau. You’re sure to be laughing – though whether it’s an out-loud guffaw or a nervous titter will likely change from moment to moment.
On top of all of this, the night will also feature musical performances from The Michael Character and a solo set from Harmoos, as well as the sense of artistic community that is the essence of Under the Underground. Admission will be on a sliding scale of $5-$10, and, as always, offensive or disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated. Check it out!