Sad Disco Fantasia

Steve Reinke

2001 | 00:24:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Autobiography, Humor, LGBTQ

“Living in Los Angeles is like being on vacation, or in a coma. I don’t really like it, but it’s so pleasant I don’t want to leave. I’ve only had one idea since I’ve been here and that was to video a cake in the rain in MacArthur Park. But it’s only rained once, briefly in the night, and I was asleep, and dreaming of snow.” —Steve Reinke

Sad Disco Fantasia is Reinke’s episodic tour through the void of L.A., slips of pop culture, and Reinke’s own astringent self-regard. Despite the blasts of dry wit and the hopeful embrace of gay porn, this is a lament. What grounds the tape like a bass line is Reinke’s response to the death of his mother. What stops it cold is his tossed-off remark that this is ‘my last, my final video.’” —Cameron Bailey, “iMAGES: Reinke’s Final Cut,” NOW Toronto 20:32 (12-18 April 2001) 

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Athens Int'l Film/Video Festival (OH), 2002