31 August – 28 September 2019
The Island Club presents The Trip, a film by American poet Eileen Myles.
The Trip is a road trip movie through the majestic, rough-hewn landscape separating Texas towns Marfa and Alpine with acclaimed poet Eileen Myles as your guide. Inspired by Jack Kerouac’s spoken score of Robert Frank’s 1958 poetic classic Pull My Daisy, Myles talks dailiness and political realities with puppet interlocutors Oscar, Bedilia, Montgomery, Casper, and Crocky. Through the uncanny realization of its handmade characters and its deft combination of humour and insight, The Trip achieves a casual but profound poeticism which lays bare Myles’ exceptional sensibilities.
Eileen Myles came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet, subsequently a novelist, public talker and art journalist. A Sagittarius, their twenty books include evolution (poems), Afterglow (a dog memoir), a 2017 re-issue of Cool for You, I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize from the PSA, and a poetry award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2016, Myles received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. In 2019 they’ll be teaching at NYU and Naropa University and they live in New York and Marfa, TX.
Written and Directed by Eileen Myles; Produced, Filmed, and Edited by David Fenster; runtime: 17 minutes; shot on super 8mm film; made with support from the Poetry Foundation.
With special thanks to: Iordanis Kerenidis, Giannis Papagiannopoulos, Piergiorgio Pepe, Eleni Roumpani, Nikos Sarantakos, Nicolas Stylianou, Stavroula Tsiplakou