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By Mark Bell | June 13, 2011

Reclusive filmmaker and sometimes Cineleaks writer, J.X. Williams, will have a collection of his work presented during the 2011 North By Northeast Festival & Conference. Named “Kunst-Camera: J.X. Williams’ Cabinet of Curiosities,” the gala event will include rare footage from the J.X. Williams Archive and is hosted by Film Threat writer Noel Lawrence and will also include a panel of J.X. Williams experts and aficionados. From the official press release:

“Kunst-Camera”: J.X. Williams’ Cabinet of Curiosities

North By Northeast Festival & Conference
186 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON
Thursday June 16th, 8:00

Films by J.X. Williams

Panel moderated by Shael Stolberg with David Kleiler, Mina Shum, and Ilko Davidov

Presentation by Noel Lawrence

North By Northeast is thrilled to present the Canadian premiere of “Kunst-Camera: J.X. Williams’ Cabinet of Curiosities” as the Gala Film of its 2011 festival. This rare screening offers a rare look at the work of legendary avant-garde director J.X. Williams. Acknowledged as a huge influence on Tarantino and Scorsese and as a pioneering director of 1970’s L.A. punk-rock videos, Williams remains notorious for his films’ incendiary content: “Kunst-Camera” sparked a police crackdown at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival.

In this film program and live presentation, the J.X. Williams Archive opens it vault to screen a collection of rare cinematic artifacts from its holdings. Many of these fragments come from feature films that vanished decades ago. Others offer a sneak preview of works currently undergoing restoration. Due to the sensitive legal nature of the films, the final program will not be announced until time of screening.

A panel discussion about J.X. Williams with David Kleiler, Mina Shum, and Ilko Davidov will follow the screening.

“A spiritual vortex of sub rosa Americana.” — Paul Cullum, The New York Times

“Underground movies cannot dig much deeper than those of J.X. Williams.” — Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal

“A musician friend once observed that the most intriguing artists don’t just create individual pieces; they’re iconic figures who project a philosophy or personality, a life force that becomes a conceptual umbrella covering everything they make. J.X. Williams, a cult filmmaker, conspiracy theorist, enemy of the Mafia and the FBI, and all-around outlaw visionary, is that sort of figure.” — Matt Zoller Seitz,

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