Charles Henri Ford 
Johnny Minotaur

23 April 2024, 7 pm

Tuesday 23 April, 16MM RUN, the experimental film festival in collaboration Villa Lontana returns with Johnny Minotaur (1971, 80’), a film by surrealist artist and poet Charles Henri Ford.

Johnny Minotaur is a lyrical explosion of taboos: incest, intergenerational desire, pansexuality and autoeroticism are a few of the issues he grapples with through mythopoeic and sensual imagery. Shot during a soujourn on Crete, the film revives the Minotaur myth in modern times and includes appearances and footage by Allen Ginsberg, Warren Sonbert and other artists and writers who had migrated to Greece during the 1960s.



The screening will take place in the sala cinema. 
Free entrance. 


The next 16MM event will be held on Wednesday, 15 May 2024, with a screening of a selection of works by Bruce Conner.



CHARLES HENRI FORD (1908–2002) was a surrealist poet, magazine editor, filmmaker, photographer and collage artist. He published more than a dozen collections of poetry, exhibited his artwork in Europe and the United States, cofounded and edited the Surrealist magazine View (1940-1947) and directed an experimental film. He was the co-author of the first proto-queer American novel; he was also part of the inner circle of Gertrude Stein in Paris in the 1930s and, in the 1960s, Ford was an important influence on Andy Warhol and New York’s literary and art communities. His oeuvre is grounded by a consistent interest in the pairing of word and image and by a tendency toward playful, twisted appropriations of the various cultural movements of which he was part.