Jerry Tartaglia is an experimental filmmaker and writer whose work spans four decades. He was the first to write about the gay sensibility in American Avant-Garde Film (1977) and his films are an ongoing examination of Identity and media politics through Cinema.
In the early 1990s, he began the work of restoring and preserving the film legacy of Jack SMITH. He reconstructed Smith's three feature films and eleven shorts for the Smith Estate and the Barbara Gladstone Gallery.
He teaches Cinema, writing, and media production and is now completing a new film.
Jack Smith was not what we would call a “positive thinker.” He expected the worst from people and from life situations. He was cynical, depressing, and generally a pessimistic man. In life and art he expected the worst and invited…