Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, February 28, 2013
L.A. Plays Itself

Part of More Than Just Queer: Luminaries Past and Present

L.A. Plays Itself

Date + Time

Thursday, February 28, 2013
7:00 p.m.


Phyllis Wattis Theater


Fred Halsted, 1972, 51 min.

Before there was mainstream gay pornography, there was Fred Halsted and his daring approach to the genre. In L.A. Plays Itself, tracking shots of the gritty landscape of L.A. and the pastoral parkland of Malibu Canyon play backdrop to rough scenes of S&M. Yet Halsted's aesthetic approach to cinematography, narrative, and editing has earned the film a place in experimental film history, and as such it holds the distinction of being the only gay porn film in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Halsted scholar William E. Jones.

This program is intended for mature audiences.


William E. Jones, artist and filmmaker

Admission + Ticketing

$10 general; $7 SFMOMA members, students, and seniors.

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Image: Fred Halsted, L.A. Plays Itself (still), 1972; Courtesy William E. Jones