Steven Arnold’s Luminous Procuress

Steven Arnold’s Luminous Procuress

The film's power is in its creation of an alternative world, a new way of seeing and living that alters experience itself, including the film viewing experience."
The Staff, Los Angeles  

Presented in collaboration with Dirty Looks

In person: Steve Seid and Bradford Nordeen

A gender-obliterating funfest unleashed by the cantankerous cross-dressing Cockettes, Luminous Procuress (1971) is an elusive masterwork of early seventies mystical queer cinema. Restored in an immaculate new print, Luminous Procuress brazenly recounts the passage of two lissome hippie lads who enter a strange mansion where a magic potion promises glimpses of a transformational realm. Led by the mystical “Procuress” (the ever-sculptural Pandora), the two naïfs are privy to a delirious vision of consciousness unbounded by gender or desire. Created in San Francisco’s Mission District by Steven Arnold, Luminous Procuress, an exotic amalgam of outrageous wearable art, oneiric imagery, and erotically charged tableaux, gloriously drags on.

Funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund. Curated by Bradford Nordeen, Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud, as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series.

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MON 3/26
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff