MoMA Presents: Stephen Winter’s Jason and Shirley


A fictionalized retelling of Oscar-winner Shirley Clarke’s 1967 film Portrait of Jason, Stephen Winter’s Jason and Shirley filets the meaty racial, social, and sexual issues raised by the original documentary encounter. Artist and filmmaker Jack Waters doesn’t so much play as channel Jason Holliday, the aging hustler, wannabe/has-been cabaret artist and lascivious lush that so fascinates and infuriates Clarke (incarnated here by renowned writer Sarah Schulman). A film within a film, shot on vintage-looking pixelated video and intimate to the point of invasiveness, Jason and Shirley ingeniously inverts the gaze of the original: now it’s a black, Jewish gay man probing and prodding the white, Jewish woman of privilege and power with his lens. The only constant in both films is the vicious strength and ultimate triumph of Jason, a screen icon if ever there was one. 

Jason and Shirley. 2015. USA. Directed by Stephen Winter. Screenplay by Winter, Sarah Schulman, Jack Waters. With Waters, Schulman. 79 min.
Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 21, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 22, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, October 23, 7:00 p.m. Post-screening discussion with Stephen Winter and Jack Waters, moderated by Steven G. Fullwood, Assistant Curator, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Saturday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 25, 5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 26, 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.

Modern Mondays: An Evening with Stephen Winter
In anticipation of the New York theatrical premiere run of his new film Jason and Shirley at MoMA, filmmaker-writer-producer Stephen Winter joins us to discuss the challenge of reinterpreting and fictionalizing a beloved work of nonfiction film (Shirley Clarke’s 1967 masterpiece Portrait of Jason). “Stephen Winter is a supernova. Every once in a while, in our often unscrupulous world of film, riddled with beautifully insane people, a person will come along, if one should be so lucky, that will share and shine their preternatural supereminence, brightly, in one’s life, cutting bone deep, through curious mélange of cinema-making” (Jonathan Caouette).
Monday, October 19, 7:00 p.m.

Organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film.