Ronald Tavel (R.I.P.)

Casey McKinney


From the Screen Tests to Chelsea Girls and on, Ronald Tavel was best known as Andy Warhol’s screenwriter.  Above is an interview from 2007 with Tavel, but flip around Youtube and rewatch some of the old Warhol flicks.  Speaking of Warhol’s movies, we are headed out tonight to see a Jack Smith documentary called Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (a part of a three week series of underground film, the first of which, which includes the Smith documentary, is titled “Is My Brain a Germ or Disease: The Underground 60s” curated by Brad Lapin) at Whitespace Gallery here in Atlanta.  Warhol said of Smith that he was “the only person who I’d ever copy.” Oh yeah, bet Tavel would argue with that line, but hey… Tavel died late Wednesday.  He was much more than simply Warhol’s screenwriter, and if you are unfamiliar with his total impact, can start with the Village Voice obit here (then follow up on your own).