Isaacs Art Installation Would Screen Charged Film

LOS ANGELES — Ira Isaacs hopes to open a gallery installation that will involve one of the charged films in his obscenity indictment just prior to trial in spring.

But screening the film, “Hollywood Scat Amateurs No. 7,” could be a tricky proposition, Isaacs told XBIZ, because he's worried that there's a possibility that authorities could go after gallery property owners on local obscenity charges when the installation opens.

"Because the film is part of the federal indictment and it would be shown to an audience but not mailed, it could interest local authorities on state obscenity charges," said Isaacs, who noted he's interested in opening the installation in the Los Angeles area. "But I will figure out a way to make this happen."

Isaacs has been charged with federal obscenity violations over the mail distribution of “Gang Bang Horse — ‘Pony Sex Game’” and “Mako’s First Time Scat,” as well as “Hollywood Scat Amateurs No. 7,” which would be shown to an audience in a closed room in the gallery where a camera records their reaction to the film in real time.

The real-time reaction video then would be projected on to a screen outside the viewing room for gallery patrons to see.

Isaacs, a self-described filmmaker in the Postmodernism 'Shock Art' style, said that it could be the first time an exhibit captures two perspectives of the same artistic event. He says his films are not only about the obvious — what you see — but also what you don't see, like the audiences reaction to the film.

Isaacs already has come up with sketches on how the installation would work and is actively in talks with gallery operators.

Sketch of Isaacs Installation