The short film “Joey Skaggs: Celebrity Sperm Bank” is one of ten featured videos in Perpetual Motion, foundational media art curator Barbara London’s first streaming-on-demand exhibition at Pérez Art Museum Miami. Perpetual Motion explores how technological change, mass media, and the universality of moving images impact the dynamic activity of contemporary video artists.
Running December 6, 2023 through May 31, 2024, the films in this exhibition will be available free for streaming on PAMMTV (registration required) where viewers around the world can access cutting-edge video art through their web browsers, mobile phones, tablets, or Apple TV.
Other participating artists include Kamari Carter, Richard Garet, Bang Geul Han, Cornelia Parker, Wong Ping, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Aki Sasamoto, Federico Solmi, and Claudix Vanesix.
Thank you Baltimore Next Media (BNM) Web Fest and The NewsFest International Film & Writers Festival for honoring films #6, #7, & #8 of the “Joey Skaggs Satire and Art Activism, 1960s to the Present and Beyond” Oral History Series:
Joey Skaggs: Metamorphosis, Cockroach Miracle Cure:
WINNER Best Documentary
WINNER Best Documentary Writer (Joey)
WINNER Best Host/Narrator (Joey)
and, cheeky as it is,
Joey Skaggs: Celebrity Sperm Bank:
HONORABLE MENTION: Best Guest Stars Richard Sher, Oprah Winfrey from “People Are Talking”, 1981
Joey Skaggs: WALK RIGHT!:
1st PLACE WINNER Best Human Interest
Joey Skaggs: Celebrity Sperm Bank:
GRAND WINNER Best Short Doc <15 Min.
In 1971, Joey Skaggs saved a derelict opera house that was about to be torn down in Earlville New York. Today, 50+ years later, it is a thriving cultural centerpiece for Central New York. WBNG Channel 12 News covers its remarkable journey.
Earlville Opera House brings arts and culture to Chenango County for past 50 years, by Autriya Maneshni, WBNG Channel 12 News, November 20, 2023
The Earlville Opera House brings about 15 performers to Chenango County every year
EARLVILLE, NY (WBNG) — The tale of the Earlville Opera House is one of perseverance. It’s about how a group of volunteers came together to save an abandoned building from the wrecking ball.
In 1887, the opera house was housed in an old Baptist church. That structure burned down. After a second structure was built, half of that building also burned down a couple of years after it was built. The third reconstructed opera house was beloved in the community and this one felt indestructible. However, the building closed its doors in the 1950s due to the evolution of technology.
In 1971, the opera house was threatened to be demolished. With this threat looming on the horizon, it felt as though the opera house would disappear from Earlville for good. A young artist and social activist named Joey Skaggs decided this wasn’t going to happen. “If I hadn’t come along and decided to save it, it wouldn’t be there. It would be a parking lot,” said Skaggs. Read the rest of the article and watch the video here.
“Joey Skaggs: Celebrity Sperm Bank”, which screened at the Burbank International Film Festival on Sunday, September 24, was nominated for Best Documentary Short Film. This is the story told by Joey himself of his (a.k.a. Giuseppe Scaggolini’s) 1976 celebrity sperm bank auction which goes awry when the sperm is stolen.
The film will also screen at The NewsFest International Film and Writers Festival in LA and the Baltimore Next Media WebFest in Baltimore in early November. Dates & times TBA.
More info about the whole oral history series is here: https://joeyskaggs.com/videos/oral-histories
In 1976, Joey Skaggs’ Celebrity Sperm Bank auction went awry due to a pre-mature withdrawal!
Catch this film, which is oral history film #9 in the ongoing series “Joey Skaggs Satire and Art Activism, 1960s to the Present and Beyond at
one of two theatrical film festival screenings: August 8 in New York at the ChainNYC Film Festival or September 24 in California at the Burbank International Film Festival.
Schedule and ticket information is here.