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THROW ME LIKE CLAY by John Ledbetter + John Gruber


2017  |  33 min looped  |  written + directed + edited by John Ledbetter + John Gruber  |  produced by John Ledbetter + April Day  |  photographed by John Ledbetter

In 1970 an artist sanctuary-of-sorts hidden under Hollywood’s oldest gym to the stars closed its doors for good. After forty-five years and a set of fortunate meta-circumstances, DVNTV producers John Ledbetter and April Day are ushered in through a steel door and down a rickety set of wooden stairs into the primordial studio/fuckpad, abandoned like a counterculture village left to peel in the damp basement air. It is exactly here, from this subterranean sculpting studio, from this Beverly Boulevard lair that the soon-to-be hippie king, Vito Paulekas, would operate his Center for Freaks, spewing a healthy supply of painted-up dancers and sculptors out onto the Sunset strip to thrash their smelly food-sacks right into high-culture hotbeds like Canter’s Deli and The Troubadour for a little late nite dance-a-thon/love romp.




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