Produced by PGE in association with Zarafa Films, France Television and OvationTV
A Film by Emmy Award winner Catherine O’Sullivan Shorr, Edited by Vincent Vierron
Produced by Patrick Nagle and Yves Billon, Executive Producer Patrick Nagle
Andy making "Nude Restaurant" with Viva and Taylor Mead.
“Andy Warhol’s FACTORY PEOPLE”, tells the story of the 60’s Silver Factory that Andy founded in 1964 in an abandoned hat factory on East 47th Street in New York City. The Silver Factory lasted until 1968 when Andy gave up the lease and moved to the White Factory on Union Square. Shortly after moving in the Spring of ’68 Andy was shot by Valerie Solanas and this event bookends the period of time covered in “Factory People”. The idea of the film is to tell the real story of the culture, who was there with Andy, who participated in the work with Andy, and what really happened during this period…all without passing judgement on Andy, his work, his friends, and the people who were there at the time. The film takes and in-depth look at the lives and times of the people who hung out with Andy and “worked” at the Silver Factory during the Sixties, making it all click as a new counter-culture arose and began to exert its influence throughout the arts.
Interviews in the Film include:
Warhol Biographer, Victor Bokris.
Silver Factory Creator and live-in photographer/gate keeper, Billy Name.
Poet and original Warhol Silver Factory assistant, Gerard Malanga.
Independent Film Maker/Archivist and Warhol supporter, Jonas Mekas.
Serendipity Founder and early Warhol pal, Steven Bruce.
Warhol SuperStar Drag Scene Photographer Leee Black Childers.
Warhol Photographer Nat Finklestein
Warhol SuperStars UltraViolet, Taylor Mead, Mary Woronov, Bibbi Hansen, Geraldine Smith, Louis Walden, Allen Midgette and David Croland.
Warhol Muse, Brigid Berlin
Playright Bob Heide
SuperStar Edie Sedgewick’s Pal and Sixties Music Scene Impresario, Danny Fields.
SuperStar DragQueen Holly Woodlawn
Warhol Foundation Executive Vincent Fremont
Comment from Warhol Director Paul Morrissey,
And the Voices of Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick.
Based on fifty hours of new original interviews, Warhol screen tests and films, and thousands of photos and rare film clips that chronicle factory life and Andy filming. “Factory People” is not an Andy Bio, but a revealing and fun take on those around Warhol who garnered their illusive fifteen minutes of fame, like Billy Name, Andy’s first live-in lover and official Factory photographer who acted as ‘gate keeper’ of the Factory….
“ Everyone was a peer, everyone played with everyone else (in and out of their artworks, performances, and happenings), and money was never considered a barrier, since nobody really had any, and the subsequent “marketizing” of the art world after the “POP explosion” was yet to come.”
“Factory People” discovers the influence of the beats on sixties culture, savours the irony of the rising tide of independent film making, and plays to the origins of the alternative down-town music scene, all of which swirled around and influenced Andy over his most productive period of making art, making films, and making friends.
Part 1 “Welcome to the Silver Factory” ‘63-‘64
Beyond The Beat Generation
The Silver Factory Opens for Business
‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’
Back to Work
The Triangle…Ondine, Billy, and Gerard
Over Credits: "The Statue of Liberty" poetry by Taylor Mead
Part 2 “Speeding into the Future” ’65-‘66
The Sixties in New York City
Dylan at the Factory
Factory Sex Life
Andy Makes a Movie
Edie Sedgwick…Silver Girl
The Velvet Underground and Nico…Silver Goddess
“Chelsea Girls”…and Boys
Trilogy…Films! Books! Music!
Over Credits: "The Andy Story" poetry by Taylor Mead
Part 3 Factory Finale…Your 15 minutes are Up! ’67-68
Factory Life...End of the Sixties
Out of Control…
Out of Money…
Welcome to Max's Kansas City
Drag Queens, Superstars...and a "25 Hour Movie"
I Shot Andy Warhol.
Your 15 Minutes Are Up!
Over Credits: Taylor Mead Explains How the World Has Become