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Directed by Doris Wishman

United States 1961 83 mins. In English

Legendary sexploitation director Wishman delivers one of the most surreal “nudie cuties” of all time with this zonked slice of culture wherein two square-cut scientists visit a far-flung, strangely lush planet populated only by topless people.

Some thirty years ago, the artist Peggy Ahwesh began to cultivate a fascination with the films of Doris Wishman, the prolific director behind grindhouse gems like Nude on the Moon (1961), Bad Girls Go to Hell (1965), and Let Me Die a Woman (1977). Determined to meet the doyenne of the skin flick in the flesh, Ahwesh flew down from New York with fellow filmmaker M.M. Serra in 1994 to surprise Wishman at her workplace, the Pink Pussycat Boutique in Coconut Grove, Miami. The fruits of this encounter would go into the making of The Films of Doris Wishman, a one-issue zine produced by Ahwesh in 1995.

The newly re-printed zine will be available at the screening! Inpatient Press and Light Industry’s new publication includes a complete facsimile of the original zine—long unavailable—as well as the heretofore unpublished transcript of Peggy Ahwesh, MM Serra, and Tom Smith’s 1994 video interview with Wishman at the Pink Pussycat, plus a brief essay on Wishman by Ahwesh, which first appeared in the Village Voice.

Read more about the zine here. Pick it up at the screening for only $10.

Ahead of Wishman’s Nude on the Moon will be Ahwesh’s 10 minute short The Color of Love (1994), an erotic found-footage tribute to Wishman.

Content warning.

Co-presented with the Brooklyn, NY film curatorial organization Light Industry.

Genres: Nudie Cutie

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