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Goddess of Speed

Frédéric Moffet

2023 00:08:05 Canada, United StatesEnglishB&W and ColorStereo16:916mm film


A film titled Dance Movie (or, alternatively, Rollerskate) appears in many Warhol filmographies, but no work with this title has been found in the archive. The lost film, starring dancer Fred Herko, was shot in 1963. A year later, Herko leaped out of an open window while dancing to Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C Major. Inspired by descriptions of the missing film and the memoir of Herko’s best friend, the poet Diane Di Prima, Goddess of Speed poetically reimagines the last days of the young performer.

Director/Editor/Sound Designer: Frédéric Moffet
Performer: Stevie Cisneros Hanley
Cinematographer: Kioto Aoki
Production Assistant: Tiago Mena Abrantes
Sound Mixer: Julian Flavin
Text: Bruce Jenkins and Diane Di Prima

About Frédéric Moffet

Frédéric Moffet is a media artist, educator, editor and cultural worker. He lives between Montreal and Chicago. His work explores the slippery territory between history, lived experience and fantasy.

Recent screenings include: Rotterdam Film Festival, Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), PPOW Gallery (New York), Biennial of Moving Images (Geneva), Pleasure Dome (Toronto), Hot Docs (Toronto), PDX (Portland), Cinema Texas (Austin), Vidéoformes (Clermont-Ferrand), Other Cinema (San Francisco), Kassel Documentary Film Festival, Microwave (Hong Kong) and Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival.