A WALK INTO THE SEA: DANNY WILLIAMS AND THE WARHOL FACTORY (Esther Robinson, U.S.). 78 minutes. Tuesday (April 24), 9:45 pm; April 26, 4:15 pm, Isabel Bader. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Esther Robinson's uncle Danny Williams, a lesser member of Andy Warhol's Factory, vanished in 1966. Stitching together vintage images, letters, interviews with Factory hangers-on and family members and a goldmine of footage from Williams's own films, A Walk Into The Sea, winner of the Teddy Award for queer film at the Berlin Film Festival, follows Robinson's attempts to solve the mystery of her uncle's life and disappearance.
The film starts frustratingly slowly but gathers steam as more intimate portraits develop of Warhol's ego and of Williams as a troubled artist cruelly pushed out of the inner circle.
Note the chilling clips of present-day Factory survivors like Brigid Berlin, hollow-eyed ghosts who fried their brains with meth in the 60s.