phantom limbs

journal by Sam Zimmerman concerning new media arts in New York City, curated events at Monkeytown (the video dinner theater in Williamsburg) and his personal projects

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bacchanale in Vienna

Bacchanale is screening in in Vienna on Saturday, February 14th at Symposion Pornonom:

Thanks to Sabine Sonnenschein for including the film in this event!

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Monday, February 02, 2009

Bacchanale in Amsterdam

Big thanks to Jennifer Lyon Bell and the folks at Rated X for including Bacchanale in the Amsterdam Alternative Erotica Film Festival, Jan. 15-18 2009!

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Bacchanale in Berlin

Many thanks to the Pornfilmfestival Berlin 2008 for screening Bacchanale as a feature selection on Oct. 24:

Here's their kind words from the program notes:

"To pay homage to this underground cult film, 57 audio artists set themselves at the behest of the New York Art Collective Monkey Town to re-interpret it and sew a new sonic garment on its entire body. The result is amazing: Not only does it boost the intoxicating character of "Bacchanale" to an immense degree, but also through the various themes of the musical background, there emerges a collection of 57 short, totally different miniatures, that in the end make a whole. Bacchanale 2006 - it is more than a film, it is an experience!"

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Bacchanale in Chicago

Making it's third festival appearance, the Monkey Town remix of Bacchanale is screening at the Chicago Underground Film Festival on August 18th, 2007. For details, visit


Sunday, June 03, 2007

Bacchanale in San Francisco

Bacchanale screened at ATA in San Francisco on May 11, 2007 as a selection in the Mission Creek Music/Film Festival:


Sunday, April 01, 2007


The Monkey Town revival/remix of Bacchanale (1970, dir. John and Lem Amero) was included in the New York Underground Film Festival:

Bacchanale is an inspired adult arthouse film from the tail end of the "grindhouse" era. I discovered the film four years ago while exploring the community of self-appointed librarians of lost exploitation and porn films. Bacchanale is currently not available commercially - in fact we are working to track down any surviving prints.

This remix project involved cutting the original film into its individual scenes which were passed out to 50 artists to create entirely new audio for the visuals in their clip. The clips were reassmbled back into the feature length film, which debuted at Monkey Town in December 2006.

At the NYUFF screening were participating artists Luke Dubois, Bradley Eros, Nick Hallett and Zach Layton. Nick has been corresponding with John Amero, who was unable to attend but gave his approval to our reappropriation of his film.

Thanks to Mo Johnson and everyone at NYUFF!