1965, 18 min, color, silent
Andy Warhol is a lyrical exploration of Warhol's creative process by filmmaker, painter, and actress (Chelsea Girls) Marie Menken. Using a hand-held camera, Menken captures Warhol and his assistants, including Gerard Malanga, as they work at the Factory. The result is an intimate portrait of the artist in the process of creating some of his most famous works, including the Brillo boxes, the Jackie series, and the Flowers silkscreens.
With her husband, underground filmmaker and poet Willard Maas, Menken (1910-1970) created the Gryphon Group (which also included Stan Brakhage, Charles Boultenhouse, Gregory Markopolous, Ben Moore, and Charles Henri Ford) as a cooperative organization to further the production and distribution of independently made films. Writes Warhol, "Marie was one of the first to do a film with stop-time. She filmed lots of short movies, some with Willard, and she even did one on a day in my life." As a painter, Menken was concerned with capturing light and its effect on textured surfaces and colors, qualities that are carried over into her films.