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Nick Zedd (born January 25, 1958 or May 8, 1959 in Takoma Park, Maryland) is an American filmmaker and author based in New York City. He coined the term Cinema of Transgression in 1985 to describe a loose-knit group of like-minded filmmakers and artists using shock value and black humor in their work. These filmmakers and artistic collaborators included Richard Kern, Tessa Hughes Freeland, Lung Leg, and Lydia Lunch. Under numerous pen names Zedd edited and wrote the Underground Film Bulletin (1984-90) which publicized the work of these filmmakers. The Cinema of Transgression is explored in Jack Sargeant's book Deathtripping (Creation Books).
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Zedd has directed several super-low-budget movies, including the feature length They Eat Scum and Geek Maggot Bingo, as well as numerous short films. With Rev. Jen Miller he is the co-creator of the public access series Electra Elf (2004-), featuring Miller, Faceboy, Andrew J. Lederer and a "who's who" of New York downtown art and performance-types. He is the author of two books, Bleed (1992, Hanuman Books) and Totem of the Depraved, (1996, 2.13.61Publications) both of which are autobiographical. His novel From Entropy To Ecstasy was self-published in 1996.
He is the director of photography on another TV series called "Chop Chop" (2007) produced by Nate Hill. Additional writing by Zedd is featured in Up Is Up But So Is Down (NYU Press) as well as in Captured (7 Stories Press) and Low Rent (Grove Press).
Nick Zedd performed in a noise unit called Zyklon B, releasing a single called Consume and Die in 2000.
Zedd toured with Lisa Crystal Carver's Suckdog Circus and exhibited his films in the early 1990s.
Essays outlining Zedd's philosophy are the Cinema of Transgression Manifesto, published pseudonymously in the Underground Film Bulletin and The Theory of Xenomorphosis (1998).
Additionally, Nick Zedd has acted in such super-low-budget films as the Super-8 film The Manhattan Love Suicides (1985), What About Me (1993), Bubblegum (1995), Jonas In The Desert (1997), Troma Films' Terror Firmer (1999) and Thus Spake Zarathustra (2001).
Nick Zedd recently appeared in the documentaries Llik Your Idols (2007) and Blank City (2010).
After exhibiting oil paintings in 2010 at the ADA and Pendu Galleries, Zedd presented a major retrospective of films, videos and paintings at the Microscope Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn before moving to Mexico in March 2011. In 2012, he attended a retrospective of his films at the 8th Berlin International Directors Lounge and exhibited work at the Kunstwerke Institute of Contemporary Art.
They Eat Scum (1979),
"The Bogus Man" (1980),
Geek Maggot Bingo (1983),
"The Wild World of Lydia Lunch" (1983),
"Thrust In Me" (1984),
"Kiss Me Goodbye" (1985),
"Go To Hell" (1985),
Police State (1987),
War Is Menstrual Envy (1992),
"Smiling Faces Tell Lies" (1995),
"Why Do You Exist" (1998),
"Tom Thumb in the Land of the Giants" (1999),
Ecstasy In Entropy (1999),
"I of K9" (2001),
"Elf Panties: The Movie" (2001),
Lord of the Cockrings (2001),
Thus Spake Zarathustra (2001),
"I Was a Quality of Life Violation" (2002),
"Electra Elf: Dance With the Devil" (2003),
"Electra Elf: Maggot on a Hot Tin Roof" (2003),
"Electra Elf: Old Man & the Sea Monkey" (2003),
"Electra Elf: Great Shrunken Expectations" (2004),
"Electra Elf: Roof Party" (2004),
"Electra Elf: I, Nauseus" (2004),
"Electra Elf: Hellbound Heiresses" (2004),
"Electra Elf: Deadly Little Trees" (2005),
"Electra Elf: Triumph of the Ill" (2005),
"Electra Elf: Of Lice And Men" (2005),
"Electra Elf: The Beginning Parts One & Two" (2005),
"Electra Elf: Don't Worry Bee Happy" (2006),
"Electra Elf: Vile Buddies" (2006),
"Electra Elf: Battle of the Bands" (2006),
"Electra Elf: No Plague Like Home" (2007),
"Electra Elf: We All Scream For Ice Cream" (2007),
"Electra Elf: Behind the Scenes" (2007),
"Mistakes Hapen" (2007),
"Electra Elf: Hollow Be Thy Name" (2007),
"Electra Elf: Goin to the Chapel" (2007),
"Electra Elf: Gone with the Mind" (2008),
"The Birth of Zerak" (2011),
"Paintings 2009-11" (2011),
"El Manifiesto Extremista" (2013)
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