Free screening! Reality director Steven Lippman in person for Q&A!
A treasure trove of rare and unseen footage, this close-up look at Bowie is a crash course for the ravers: it’s ingeniously structured around five pivotal phases in his artistic evolution—1971-72, the time of Bowie’s breakthrough (Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust); 1974-75 (the Thin White Duke’s sojourn in America from Young Americans to Station to Station), 1977-78 (the artistic regeneration of his Berlin/Brian Eno phase from Low to Heroes), 1979-80 (the triumph of Scary Monsters and Super Creeps) and 1983 (Bowie’s reemergence and global crossover success with Let’s Dance). With material culled from archives all over the world, it includes behind-the-scenes scenes from the recording sessions for Young Americans featuring Luther Vandross, hilarious talk-show appearances and revealing new interviews with Bowie producers Brian Eno, Tony Visconti, and Nile Rodgers, guitarists Carlos Alomar, Earl Slick and Robert Fripp, longtime associate and backing vocalist Warren Peace, keyboardist Rick Wakeman, and Candy Clark, Bowie’s co-star in The Man Who Fell to Earth. Presented by BBC Worldwide / Showtime.
Steven Lippman | USA | 2003 | 28m
“Reality” as interpreted from conversations with, and songs by, David Bowie. This rarely-seen film is an abstract portrait of Bowie in which questions and answers chase themselves, and meaning is profoundly absurd. Songs include “Never Get Old,” “The Loneliest Guy,” “Bring Me The Disco King,” and “New Killer Star” from Bowie’s 2003 album Reality.