“Submit to Me” is a 1985 Super-8 film directed by Richard Kern. It dispenses with narrative entirely, being simply a record of brief performances by some of Kern’s friends and actors. A series of scenes depicting bondage, violence, sex, suicide, self-mutilation, crucifixion, blow jobs and other divertissements are on florid display here, many of which were suggested to Kern by the actors themselves. –filmthreat
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