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Julie Orlick Debuts Her Surreal Opus, Silent Lovers

Still from Silent Lovers.

Two androgynous sisters, their cheeks caked with jewel-sized tears, embracing in silvery black-and-white. Contrasted against the downtown street, with its storied past muzzled by high-priced developments, this striking portrait, located on Orchard and Broome, provides a rare public glance through a time portal. It’s a strange alchemy conjured by Julie Orlick, a Bushwick-based surrealist who specializes in tintype photography and silent 16mm films. She is currently featured in The Storefront Gallery’s group show “SaveArtSpace: The Future is Female,” which runs until July 16. That same day, Mono No Aware will host her latest film Silent Lovers, in the first of many nationwide screenings, at Brooklyn’s Center for Performance Research. Hers is a world that is at once contemporary and retroactive, populated by mimes, beached sirens, and creatures with only an eyeball for a head.

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The Museum of VHS Is On Track to Make Its NYC Debut

MoVHS’s display at the Severed film festival.

Though the final VCRs were manufactured in Japan last year, VHS is far from extinct. Forty years after it was introduced, collectors still prospect many a Goodwill and sticky-floored porno shop (this author would know) for rare and collectible tapes. With boutique companies lovingly refurbishing VHS-only films for DVD and Blu-ray, and Alamo and Nitehawk paying tribute, the once-triumphant medium is becoming more widely regarded as integral to cinema history. For the tapeheads behind the Museum of VHS, being kind and rewinding is not just nostalgia, but a way of life.

“Home video is the art form of the people,” claims Matt Desiderio, a founder of MoVHS. “Anyone with a camcorder and blank tape can create.” Desiderio, who runs weirdo imprint Horror Boobs and curates the highly eclectic DVD section of Forbidden Planet in Union Square, teamed up with friends and fellow collectors to create a pop-up exhibit of rare tapes, artwork, and related memorabilia. It’s been a hit several times over, beginning in 2015 at the annual Severed Short Film Competition in Pennsylvania.

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