Monday, July 25, 2011

"A Walk into the Sea": Esther Robinson's indirect biography of Andy Warhol, based on the disappearance of her nephew

A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory” (2007, 77 min, Arthouse, Chicken and Egg, Thatgrl) is a tribute by director Esther Robinson to her uncle Danny Williams, a collaborator and probable lover of Andy Warhol.  One night in the 1960s, Williams went out along the beach of the Massachusetts coast “for some air” and disappeared.

The non-appearance of someone when expected can generate interesting storytelling, but most of this film is a memoir, with lots of old footage, of Danny’s involvement with Warhol and the “Factory”, which is also the name of a short bw film embedded in this documentary.  Warhol’s “non-conformist” personality and creative temperament are shown, as in many other documentaries.  Williams’s mother talks about “domination” and submission, and refers to domination as “evil”.

What led to the disappearance?  A fall?  Something related to drug use?

The website for the film is here

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