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Video clip of Son of Sam and Delilah

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Son of Sam and Delilah

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See the record for "New Television, Episode 111 (1991)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

Copyright Date:

Copyright Holder:
Charles Atlas

Materials Date:

Atlas, Charles

Some stations did not broadcast this work because it was seen as "violent and incoherent." Individual stations, including WGBH, WNET, and KQED, showed the work.

File folder contains handwritten notes, memorandum, and correspondence. Black-and-white photographic prints show a monitor still from the piece. See the record for "New Television, Episode 111 (1991)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

"Son of Sam and Delilah," 1991, was created by video artist Charles Atlas and aired as an episode of "New Television." The work opens with a statement explaining that it is a response to both sorrow over AIDS-related deaths and increasing urban violence. A long-haired man with a ferocious dog wanders the streets killing people. Interspersed with these images are operatic numbers performed by a cross-dressing John Kelly. Some of the characters we are introduced to (many of whom become murder victims) are a jailed homophobe; two female performance artists, wearing slips and combat boots; two drag queens named Hapi and Sunny; and a host of garishly dressed disco-dancing party-goers. The work ends with the dancers being shot, one after the other, in front of a shiny set. Despite the gory tone, the work is humorous, as well. The deaths seem equally tragic, contrived, and comic.

Atlas, Charles
Gibson, Paul (Director of Photography)
Lifshutz, Scott (Art Director)

Dowling, Susan (Executive Producer, New Television, WGBH)
Bianchi, Lois (Executive Producer, New Television, WNET)
Mertes, Carla (Associate Producer, New TV)

Kitchen, The
WNET, New York

Atlas, Charles
FOX America (Offline Edit)
Feist, Rick (Video Editor)
Klotz, Joe (Video Editor)

National Endowment for the Arts
New York State Council on the Arts
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Kelly, John
Phace, Hapi
Grimstead, Almon
Butterick, Brian
Lobst, Anne
Levine-Thomson, Anna
MacDonald, Casey
Sexton, Anne
Adelsic, James (Dancer)
Baron, Rikki (Dancer)
Beal, John (Dancer)
Beyond, Billy (Dancer)
Bullock, Ken (Dancer)
Super DJ Dimitry (Dancer)
Giddio, Tobie (Dancer)
Gisler, Peter Sven (Dancer)
Grodin, Marion (Dancer)
Haney, Theresa (Dancer)
Harwood, Kate (Dancer)
Horatio, Joey (Dancer)
Johnson, Jerry (Dancer)
Kenny, Kenny (Dancer)
Lady Miss Kier (Dancer)
Lobst, Anne (Dancer)
Powell, Cynthia (Dancer)
Rags (Dancer)
Sexton, Lucy (Dancer)
Thomson, David (Dancer)
Trade (Dancer)
Vicky, Sticky (Dancer)
Zaldy (Dancer)
Zuleta, Richard (Dancer)

AIDS (Disease)
Female impersonators

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