Zev Asher remembered at Cinematheque
The Cinematheque pays tribute to one of its alumni this week.
On Thursday (January 16), filmmaker and avant-noise pioneer Zev Asher will be remembered with a screening of three documentaries, including his last completed film, 2010’s Subcultural Revolution: Shanghai, a portrait of extreme performance band Torturing Nurse.
Also scheduled is the doc that put Asher on the filmmaking map, 2004’s explosive Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat.
In an unpublished interview conducted when he came to town for the premiere of Subcultural Revolution at the Vancity Theatre in 2011, Straight contributor Allan MacInnis managed to capture a fitting epitaph for Asher, who died last August at the age of 50.
Speaking about his 2000 feature What About Me: The Rise of the Nihilist Spasm Band, Asher said: “It was in Vancouver that I contacted them and said, ‘You guys have a huge reputation in Japan…I’ve been a fan since I was a teenager, and I’d like to do a film.’ And they wrote me back and said, ‘Five people have tried and failed! You’re welcome to give it a shot.’ I said, ‘I don’t fail.’ ”
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