Unstreamable – Liquid Sky [In-Person Only]

This event took place Jun 2 - Jun 4, 2023

$14 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 NWFF Members

Slava Tsukerman
1h 52m
Series - Unstreamable


(Slava Tsukerman, US, 1982, 112 min, in English)

** Unstreamable’s Jas Keimig and Chase Burns will introduce the opening night screening, June 2 at 8pm! **

Slava Tsukerman’s Liquid Sky is a nihilistic New Wave snapshot of New York City’s punk scene in the early ‘80s, featuring copious amounts of heroin, every imaginable neon color, and orgasm-hungry aliens…

New York has never looked trippier than in Liquid Sky.

The film centers around two cocaine-addicted models in Manhattan, Margaret and Jimmy, who are both played by the gender-bending Anne Carlisle. Jimmy is suave with slicked-back hair and sleek suits, while Margaret—a bisexual with a drug dealer girlfriend—is often decked out in vibrant colors with bold geometric shapes painted across her face. In fact, the whole movie is soaked in neon colors and moody lighting as it moves from bedroom to club dance floor, trippy like the inside of a kaleidoscope. When a UFO lands on the roof of Margaret and her girlfriend’s apartment building, the alien inside feeds on the orgasms of people Margaret bangs. The feeding then kills them in a process depicted with a filter resembling a psychedelic heat sensor. It’s wild.

Liquid Sky is one of the highest-grossing indie movies of its time and eventually had a lasting influence over early 2000s culture. In particular, the movie deeply informed the electroclash/Berliniamsburg scene in New York City at the turn of the millennium. You can see bits of Jimmy and Margaret in the way artists like Peaches, Chicks on Speed, and even Lady Gaga at the end of the decade styled themselves. Neon and Liquid Sky live on forever…

Synopsis courtesy of Jas Keimig/Unstreamable.

⚠️ Content Warning ⚠️

Rape, SA, pervasive drug use, slurs, and general sleaze. For more specific warnings, visit here.

⚠️ Covid-19 Policies ⚠️

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.

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Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.

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We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.

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