The Awesome Fest Presents The Hometown Premiere of “DEGENERATE ART: THE ART & CULTURE OF GLASS PIPES”. Director In Attendance, Live Glassblowing Demos, And Reggae DJ Set To Follow

The Awesome Fest is proud to present, the Philadelphia Premiere of DEGENERATE ART: THE ART & CULTURE OF GLASS PIPES, (an official selection of SXSW 2012) directed by local glass artist & filmmaker M. Slinger. If that wasn’t awesome enough, following the screening and Q & A from the director, there will be a live glass blowing demo and reggae-themed DJ set from Ryan I of Blessed Coast Sound (whose music is featured in the film). The event will take place at 8pm, on Tuesday, May 29th at The Trocadero Theatre. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at This is a 21+ event.

“Degenerate Art” tells the story of glass pipe-making from the origins of the color-changing pipe, to the radical emerging art movement it has become today. Despite federal laws, pipe-makers have created a whole new genre of American folk art. A huge multi-million dollar industry has formed around this taboo culture. This subversive art challenges our right to free speech and expression, as well as reflecting the nature of the people who make and collect the pieces. One of the last true underground American scenes, glass pipe art remains invisible to mainstream culture.

About M. Slinger:
M Slinger has been a professional glassblower, filmmaker, graphic designer, painter, and installation artist for 15 years. He has taught glassblowing across the USA, Canada, and Japan, as well as exhibiting nationwide in group, and solo shows, including SOFA Chicago (2008) and SOFA NY (2009). “Degenerate Art” is his first feature film.