Working in a variety of art forms and media, including video, feature film, and installation, Beth B creates provocative narratives that mine the violence below the surface of contemporary life. A forerunner of the explosive New York New Wave/punk scene of the late 1970s, B first garnered critical acclaim with her short films and features produced with Scott B, including the stylized film noirs Black Box (1979) and Vortex (1983).
Her subsequent work, including her videotapes, merge documentary and fiction, the personal and the cultural, horror and lyricism, with references that range from Artaud and Bataille to Jim Thompson and Brett Easton Ellis. Themes of loss, death, oppression and desire — the darkness at the core of the everyday — run through her video works, such as Belladonna (1989), Thanatopsis (1991), and Under Lock and Key(1994).
B’s works include the feature films Visiting Desire (1996), Small Bodies (1993) and Battlefields of Recovery, a documentary on Vietnam… read more
Beth B. and her husband Scott were among the best-known New York underground filmmakers of the late 1970s and early 80s. They made a lot of their first short films and then feature films on 8mm film, They went on to make the feature film “Vortex” on 16mm with Lydia Lunch playing a detective, it also starred Ann Magnuson. Interestingly for that time, the B’s had a fascination with terrorism. The “Bs” 8mm films were full of downtown obsessions: terror politics, torture, sexual domination and submission, and Punk music. They would cast musicians and other popular downtown personalities in their films, the “Bs” cleverly used the scene’s social energy with weekly film shoots that were quickly edited and then screened as film serial episodes at the music club, Max’s Kansas City. —last.fm