Fitzroy Gallery screen Gravity and Grace, with an introduction by Jim Fletcher on Wednesday, September 25 at 7pm.
Gravity and Grace are two college students in New Zealand turning tricks with wealthy tourists for titillation and profit. When the pair meet a group of average-yet-slightly-pathetic suburbanites joined in an apocalyptic cult, Gravity remains skeptical, while Grace ingratiates herself. When the world fails to end on the prophesized night, they burst into ecstatic cheer, choosing to believe they have saved the world from the flood. Disgusted with the group’s delusion, Gravity flees to New York, and becomes an artist. The film ends after a disappointing meeting with an art-speaking curator, on the sky above Mulberry Street where a flying saucer briefly appears.
Chris Kraus is a writer, critic and former filmmaker now based in LA. Her books include Summer of Hate, I Love Dick, and Where Art Belongs. A critical edition of her second novel, Aliens & Anorexia, that partly chronicles the doomed adventure of making Gravity & Grace, is being published by Semiotexte this fall.
The film will be introduced by Jim Fletcher, who is featured in Parnes’ County Down, Blood & Guts in High School, The Only Ones Left and Ten Ways of Doing Time. He has been a performer in downtown New York theater for 15 years, mainly with Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players, and with the Wooster Group, Elevator Repair Service, and, in England, Forced Entertainment. His work doing small parts and voiceover in several of Chris Kraus’s films predates his current acting career by a decade. Jim has also collaborated with the artist collective Bernadette Corporation on several of their written works.