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“Reframing Andy Warhol: The Film Festival”

Most of Andy Warhol’s notorious (for both aesthetic and erotic reasons) films have been kept in the vaults since the epigrammatic artist died. Some, notably the sprawling The Chelsea Girls, were nearly impossible to see even before that. Linked to the University of Maryland Art Gallery’s “Reframing Andy Warhol: Constructing American Myths, Heroes and Cultural Icons” exhibit, this series includes five of Warhol’s deadpan celluloid works, including one shown a few years ago at Filmfest D.C.: The Velvet Underground documents an hour-long 1966 jam in which the camera never moves (although it does zoom in and out distractingly) as the band plays and Nico’s young son Ari wanders in and out of the frame (April 19). The unscripted and unfocused Factory life of The Chelsea Girls also features Nico and Ari, among other Warhol regulars, the most amusing of whom is Ondine (April 5). My Hustler and Blow Job directly address the gay life Warhol represented more often on film than on canvas. The former’s account of the competition for a Fire Island hustler is one of the painter’s more dramatic scenarios; among its characters is the Sugar Plum Fairy, later immortalized in Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” (April 12). Also included is Warhol’s 1968 camp western, Lonesome Cowboy, (pictured, April 26), which also inspired a Reed tune. At noon Sunday, April 5, and 3 p.m. Sundays, April 12, 19, & 26, at the University of Maryland’s Hoff Cinema, Stamp Student Union, University Blvd. & Adelphi Rd., College Park. Free. (301) 405-2763. (Mark Jenkins)