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The Machine That Kills Bad People: Nude on the Moon + Martina’s Playhouse
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Nude on the Moon, 1961, Dir. Doris Wishman, DCP, colour, sound, 83 min.

Doris Wishman’s recently restored sexploitation classic Nude on the Moon (1961) stands out among American sexploitation cinema of the 1960s. With the help of some inheritance funds, two scientists build a space ship to travel to the moon. When they land, the astonished men encounter a nudist camp populated by telepathic ‘moonatics’.

Accompanying Nude on the Moon is long-time Wishman supporter Peggy Ahwesh’s Martina's Playhouse (1989). A counterpoint to the excesses of Wishman’s antics, Ahwesh’s intimate home movie follows the young Martina as she explores gender with childish naiveite.

This screening marks the publication of The Films of Doris Wishman, edited By Peggy Awesh and published by Inpatient Press and Light Industry.
The Machine That Kills Bad People is, of course, the cinema – a medium that is so often and so visibly in service of a crushing status quo but which, in the right hands, is a fatal instrument of beauty, contestation, wonder, politics, poetry, new visions, testimonies, histories, dreams. It is also a film club devoted to showing work – ‘mainstream’ and experimental, known and unknown, historical and contemporary – that takes up this task. The group borrowed their name from the Roberto Rossellini film of the same title, and find inspiration in the eclectic juxtapositions of Amos Vogel’s groundbreaking New York film society Cinema 16.

The Machine That Kills Bad People is held bi-monthly in the ICA Cinema and is programmed by Erika Balsom, Beatrice Gibson, Maria Palacios Cruz and Ben Rivers

Nude on the Moon restoration provided by the American Genre Film Archive.

Nude on the Moon, 1961, Dir. Doris Wishman, DCP, colour, sound, 83 min.

Martina's Playhouse, 1989, Dir. Peggy Ahwesh, Super 8 film transferred to SD file, colour, sound, 20 min.
06:45 pm
Wed, 15 May 2019
Cinema 1

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Essay by Ara Osterweil