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Joining the chorus of artists like Nan Goldin, Hito Steyerl, and Domenic Esposito in decrying the complicity of pharmaceutical companies in the opioid epidemic, conceptual artists-turned-filmmakers Karen Hess and Daedalus Howell have released their feature film "Pill Head."

SPECIAL SERIES: BURNING DOWN THE ART HOUSE

Burning Down the Art House, Part One

Whilst developing my feature-length art film, Pill Head, I ask why I'm drawn to the genre and whether it's really a genre at all.

Burning Down the Art House, Part Two

Still in pursuit of the elusive art film, I find my way to Ingmar Bergman through the portal of parody and pubescent thanatos.

Burning Down the Art House, Part Three

The third and final installment of the mini-series "Burning Down the Art House" focuses on Tom Schiller’s hat tip to Fellini, "La Dolce Gilda," starring Gilda Radner and evoking a nostalgia trip for your host.

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As a creator of narrative works in fiction, film, and culture journalism, Daedalus Howell is the author, most recently, of the novel "Quantum Deadline" and the writer-director of the recently released feature film "Pill Head." MAGAZINE | Daedalus Howell collects his research into the recherché and related cultural curios.
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