They don't make "downtown It girls" like Edie Sedgwick any more, which is why it's fortunate that Andy Warhol spent so much time capturing her on camera during the height of their artistic collaboration. The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens is devoting a retrospective to these films starting this weekend and running through Apr. 8. Featuring 15 16 mm movies, many loaned by the Museum of Modern Art, the series also includes footage of Sedgwick shot by documentary filmmaker Richard Leacock for a production of the opera Lulu. In typical, slightly vampiric fashion, Warhol said about his muse, "“Edie was incredible on camera—just the way she moved. She was all energy. She didn’t know what to do with it when it came to living her life, but it was wonderful to film.” While it may seem like we've had a bit of an Edie-overload lately, what with the Sienna Miller biopic and all, just one interesting aspect of this particular series is Moving Image's decision to use Warhol's intended double-projectors for his films Outer and Inner Space and Lupe on Sunday, Apr. 1 at 3 pm and 6 pm. Using two film projectors running simultaneously on an extra wide screen, you can watch Sedgwick captured both in profile and facing front. The refraction and duplication of her image is apparently mesmerizing. The series kicks off on Saturday with a showing of Poor Little Rich Girl at 2 pm and culminated with her infamous full length documentary, Ciao! Manhattan, made just before Edie died at 28, on Apr. 8 at 6:30 pm.
Some other repertory selections of note playing around town this weekend include a B Musicals series at Film Forum, midnight screenings of David Lynch's delightfully perplexing Mulholland Drive at IFC Center and the homage to late night snacking Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle at the Sunshine, both on Friday and Saturday nights. A Crave Case will not be included in the price of admission.
[Pictured Edie and Andy in Ciao! Manhattan. Photo: Maron FIlms/Photofest. Courtesy Museum of the Moving Image.]