The opening night of NoirCon 2012 kicked off at PhilaMOCA with a presentation by Heide Hatry about her performance art using pigskin and pig's blood to create rooms, sculptures, paintings, and other art projects. Certainly a provocative, unexpected, and wild way to kick off the convention. These sorts of surprises are part of what makes NoirCon so exciting -- you never know what's around the corner.
Next, Peter Rozovsky of Detectives Beyond Borders took the stage to discuss Noir Music from around the world, culminating in Tom Waits' "Hell Broke Luce." You can view Peter's full list of Noir Music here. It's a fantastic list, covering a wide variety of styles, performers, and nationalities, proof that Noir is a universal language (something that Peter touched on during his presentation).
Filmmaker Oren Shai shared his excellent short women-in-prison film, Condemned, followed by an articulate and thought provoking speech about the need for genre reform in contemporary cinema.
Edward Holub was up next with a short film, as well as an extended preview of his work-in-progress adaptation of David Goodis' Cassidy's Girl.
Next, The Scovilles took the stage to end the evening on a raucous, rockin' note. Heavy garage rock, great riffs, tight solos, solid grooves. A great end to the evening!
As always, one of the best parts of NoirCon is meeting old friends and making new ones. Here's just a few of the great people who showed up to Opening Night.
|Peter Rozovsky, Ed Petit, Duane Swierczynski, Mike White and friends.|
|Charles Kelly, author of the excellent article on Dan J. Marlowe, "The Wrong Marlowe," as well as the recently released full-length book Gunshots in a Another Room: The Forgotten Life of Dan J. Marlowe. Can't wait to read that one!|
|Mike White and The Philly Poe Guy (Ed Pettit).|
|Jeff Wong, Lou "Mr. NoirCon" Boxer, Heide Hatry, and Eric Rice.|
|Jonathan Woods and Jon McGoran.|
|Ed Pettit, co-Master of Ceremonies, pointing out troublemakers, or maybe just commanding us to buy more raffle tickets.|
|Charles Benoit, co-Master of Ceremonies, man of a million laughs, and man with a great hat.|
|Robert Polito and Lou Boxer.|