A Walk Into the Sea

Overview

In 1963, Danny Williams dropped out of Harvard over the strong objections of his family and set out to make a career for himself in filmmaking. After editing several documentaries for Albert Maysles and David Maysles including the award-winning Salesman, Williams met Andy Warhol, and soon became a member of the inner circle at Warhol's "Factory." Williams soon became both an advisor and a lover to the artist, and for a while lived with Warhol. When Warhol gave Williams a 16 mm movie camera, he began making films ...
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Overview

In 1963, Danny Williams dropped out of Harvard over the strong objections of his family and set out to make a career for himself in filmmaking. After editing several documentaries for Albert Maysles and David Maysles including the award-winning Salesman, Williams met Andy Warhol, and soon became a member of the inner circle at Warhol's "Factory." Williams soon became both an advisor and a lover to the artist, and for a while lived with Warhol. When Warhol gave Williams a 16 mm movie camera, he began making films that displayed his sure and striking visual sense and sharp rhythms. Williams also was a key advisor to Warhol as they created "The Exploding Plastic Inevitable," the multimedia show which launched the career of the groundbreaking rock band the Velvet Underground. But Williams fell victim to the clashing egos that were a large part of Warhol's circle, and when he began receiving press attention that suggested the EPI was as much Williams' creation as Warhol's, Warhol broke off their relationship and a shattered Williams returned home to his family. After a few days, Williams went out for a drive and vanished, never to be seen again. Danny Williams' niece, Esther B. Robinson, offers an intimate look at the remarkable life and unexplained death of an important but little-known creative force in A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory, which features interviews with a number of Factory associates including John Cale, Billy Name, Gerard Malanga, Paul Morrissey, and Brigid Berlin, as well as highlights from several of Williams' long-lost experimental films. A Walk Into the Sea received its North American premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.
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Special Features

Additional interviews with Brigid Berlin, Logan Smiley, Billy Name, Bob Helde, Chuck Wein, Gerard Malanga; Factory films excerpts
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • UPC: 767685214770
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 79,725

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brigid Berlin Participant
Paul Morrissey Participant
Danny Fields Participant
John Cale Participant
Callie Angell Participant
Gerard Malanga Participant
Albert Maysles Participant
Nat Finkelstein Participant
Ron Nameth Participant
Julia Robinson Participant
Nadia Williams Participant
David Williams Participant
Technical Credits
Esther Robinson Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Julia Parker Benello Producer
Doug Block Producer
Adam Cohen Cinematographer
Wendy Ettinger Producer
T. Griffin Score Composer
Judith Helfand Producer
Shannon Kennedy Editor, Screenwriter
Mark Maloof Sound/Sound Designer
Tamra Raven Producer
Sasha Robinson Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Walk into the Sea
1. Missing [6:42]
2. Dear Andy [7:04]
3. Light & Circuitry [9:13]
4. A Filmmaker [11:23]
5. Behind the Camera [2:35]
6. Creative Energy [3:53]
7. Sharing of Ideas [5:26]
8. Incomplete People [7:09]
9. Out of Favor [6:42]
10. Personal Demons [5:59]
11. A Casualty Of the Era [7:00]
12. End Credits [4:14]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Walk into the Sea
   Play Feature
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Brigid Berlin: What Was In Andy's Pocket
      Logan Smiley: Letter to Danny's Mother
      Billy Name: After Andy Was Shot
      Bob Heide: West Village Tour
      Chuck Wein: Fire Island Acid Trip
      Gerard Malanga: Andy's Mother
      Factory Film Excerpts
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