Kern himself appears in the 1993 My Nightmare, which features masturbation (by the naked Kern), spanking, and bondage scenes. —brightlightsfilm
Richard Kern (born 1954 in North Carolina) is a New York underground filmmaker, writer and photographer. He first came to underground prominence as part of the underground cultural explosion in the East Village of New York City in the 1980s, with erotic and experimental films featuring underground personalities of the time such as Lydia Lunch, David Wojnarowicz, Sonic Youth, Kembra Pfahler, and Henry Rollins in movies like “The Right Side of My Brain” and “Fingered.” Like many of the musicians around him, Kern had a deep interest in the aesthetics of extreme sex, violence, and perversion and was one of the leading lights of Nick Zedd’s coined Cinema of Transgression.
Kern’s first dabbling in the arts was a series of self-produced underground magazines featuring art, poetry, photography, and fiction by Kern and several friends. Kern’s first zine was the bi-monthly “The Heroin Addict,” which was later renamed to “The Valium Addict.” The hand-stapled photocopied magazines (a.k.a… read more
Seems influenced by Frans Zwartjes, David Wojnarowicz and 60's porn among other threads . And while My Nightmare was shot more than twenty years after these artists gave us ground-breaking work, yet Richard Kern adds no new discernible distinction. It plays remarkably adolescent, however that's a large flair in Richard Kern's signature style: kinda punk, kinda mindlessly jejune and funny like loft geeks gone nasty.
I can't recall being able to identify with a film to this degree in a while. Universally relevant, yet apparently particular to Kern, this entertaining, intelligently made short might be the most successful of what I've seen from the director. Here we vicariously experience the frustrations and disappointments of the average schmoe without the imposed superiority of the schadenfreude-concerned comedy.