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Ted Rees + Danielle LaFrance, with films by Curt McDowell

Still from film Wieners and Buns by Curt McDowell, 1972.

Ted Rees and Danielle LaFrance read their work alongside shorts by the legendary artist and filmmaker Curt McDowell.

We will be joined by Melinda McDowell, Curt's sister, actress and collaborator who appeared in his films Thundercrack!, Sparkle's Tavern, George Kuchar's The Devil's Cleavage, and more. 

Films will be shown on 16mm:

Ainslie Trailer (1972 | 1:40 minutes)
Kathleen Trailer (1972 | 1:35 minutes)
Truth for Ruth (1972 | 3:03 minutes)
The Mean Brothers Get Stood Up (1973 | 3:20 minutes)
Wieners and Buns Musical (1972 | 13:39 minutes)

Projectionist: Linda Scobie
Co-sponsored by Canyon Cinema.

     “…Life for [McDowell] was a fast track to fast times that included devilish detours into forbidden erogenous zones. He explored all those zones with a zealous zeal: painter, pornographer, poet of the plebeian and the perverse…”    —George Kuchar

More on McDowell:

Visual AIDS
Et al. exhibition
curated by Margaret Tedesco, 2018
Canyon Cinema + UNTITLEDCinema
, 2018

Friday, November 18, 2022
7:00 pm


Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia St, SF  

Register to attend in person
The readings will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube.


Artists' Television Access' gallery is on the ground floor; the entrance and gender neutral bathrooms are wheelchair-accessible.

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Ted Rees

Ted Rees is a poet, essayist, and editor who lives and works in Philadelphia. His most recent book of poetry is Dog Day Economy, published by Roof Books in February 2022. Thanksgiving: a Poem, published by Golias Books in April 2020, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. His first book of poetry, In Brazen Fontanelle Aflame, was published by Timeless, Infinite Light in 2018. Chapbooks include Dear Hole, Big Dearth in Whir, the soft abyss, and Outlaws Drift in Every Vehicle of Thought. Recent essays have been published in The Poetry Project Newsletter,  Libertines in the Ante-Room of Love: Poets on Punk, Full Stop Quarterly, and ON Contemporary Practice’s monograph on New Narrative. He is editor-at-large for The Elephants, as well as founder and co-editor of Asterion Projects with Levi Bentley. Since summer of 2020, he has been running Overflowing Poetry Workshops, an extrainstitutional online workshop space.
Danielle LaFrance

Following the would-be poetics mapped in JUST LIKE I LIKE IT (Talonbooks, 2019), Danielle LaFrance arrives at thinking and acting from a position where illusions are just that, illusions, and can be destroyed. She authors Friendly + Fire (Talonbooks, 2016) and species branding (Capilano University Editions, 2010). Their fourth poetry project #postdildo thinks and writes through the limitlessness and limitations of sexuality, communication, and desire. Focusing on the dildo as sexual object and social relation, they ask “How shall You fuck without causing harm?” Her poetry and critical writing have appeared in The Capilano Review, LESTE, Tripwire, Organism for Poetic Research, among other journals and magazines. They try to live and hate to rent and work on the stolen lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ peoples.

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