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Underground Film Timeline: Phase 4 Complete

8 November 2010 11:00 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

It’s been awhile since I promoted Bad Lit’s Underground Film Timeline, but I finally finished inputting all the data culled from my secondary reference source, David Curtis’ book Experimental Cinema. Since it’s been so long between updates, I’ll provide some background info on what this project is again.

The Underground Film Timeline is a year-by-year list of every significant film and event in underground film history from 1909 to, currently, 1970. I’m pulling data to include in the timeline strictly from books, not from other websites. The first book I referenced was Sheldon Renan’s An Introduction to the American Underground Film and the second book, as I wrote above, is Curtis’ Experimental Cinema.

In certain instances, data from both books do not agree with each other. The books mostly contradict each other regarding the completion years for specific films, usually giving dates that are a year or two off. »

- Mike Everleth

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Underground Film Timeline: Phase 3 Complete

6 August 2010 11:06 PM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

This Underground Film Timeline project update should come with the disclaimer “As far as I know for now.”

So, as far as I know for now, I’ve completed a DVD Underground index page that includes all the DVDs and DVD box sets — plus one Blu-ray — that includes avant-garde and experimental films that appear on the Timeline. A further disclaimer by me goes that the list only includes products released by U.S. distributors and are available on either Amazon and/or Netflix.

With that in mind, I’ve only added sixteen entries, which really surprised me at how few old avant-garde films are available to today’s audiences. If I’m missing any, please feel free to drop me a line — again keeping in mind I’m only interested in U.S. products right now. For example, I know re:voir puts out some great DVDs, but — also, again, as »

- Mike Everleth

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Underground Film Timeline: Phase 1 Complete

20 July 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Announced somewhat prematurely a couple weeks ago, Bad Lit’s Underground Film Timeline has reached the end of its first phase, which involved inputting all of the significant events, films and filmmakers in underground film history culled from Sheldon Renan’s An Introduction to the American Underground Film.

Despite Renan’s title, he does cover the early European avant-garde, so many filmmakers from England, France, Germany, Holland and Russia — such as Oskar Fischinger, Luis Buñuel, Marcel Duchamp, Len Lye, Joris Ivens, Dziga Vertov — appear alongside the usual U.S. suspects, such as Kenneth Anger, Jonas Mekas, Stan Brakhage, Shirley Clarke, etc.

Actual events are few and far between, but they’re there if you dig around, like the meeting of the International Congress of Independent Film and its swift disbanding; and the formation of the New American Cinema Group. One thing that Renan included a lot of that I like »

- Mike Everleth

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Introducing: The Underground Film Timeline

7 July 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

I am pleased to announce a new addition to Bad Lit’s Underground Film Resources section. It’s the Underground Film Timeline, a chronological listing of significant events, films and filmmakers in underground film history.

Of course, in typical Bad Lit fashion, I’m probably announcing this project way ahead of when I actually should be. That means, yeah, it’s currently a bit skimpy, but it has enough content to give a sense of where it’s going, so I wanted to show it off already.

Current plans for the project call for me to cull the data to include in the timeline from books, not off of the Internet. Yes, that means the same books found in Bad Lit’s Underground Film Bibliography. As of right now, I’ve only included data from Sheldon Renan’s indispensable An Introduction to the American Underground Film.  But, I already have »

- Mike Everleth

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Who Was Underground In ‘67?

16 April 2010 10:21 PM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

So, I’m currently working on a big research project, the results of which won’t be seen unless you happen to be poring through Bad Lit’s sister site the Underground Film Guide — and the way that site is woefully under-updated, why would you?

The Ufg, as I like to call it, is a database project of underground filmmakers and films. Recently I decided to halt adding new entries and to make the old filmmaker entries I previously uploaded more comprehensive. One way I’m doing that is going through books on underground film and, if a filmmaker is written up in each book, I’ll add that book’s info to the filmmaker’s profile. If you’re interested and want an idea of what I’m talking about, go look at John Waters’ entry and scroll down to the book section.

One book that is a tremendous »

- Mike Everleth

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Afaik, This Is The Only Photo Of Filmmaker Ron Rice On The Web

16 April 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Ron Rice (from An Introduction to the American Underground Film)

Yeah, as far as I know, this is the only photograph of ’60s underground filmmaker Ron Rice on the web, which I scanned from Sheldon Renan’s book An Introduction to the American Underground Film. I don’t know why there aren’t any photos of Rice, but I thought I’d post this up in case anybody’s interested. Feel free to disseminate so that the title of this article becomes obsolete. Click the above image for a larger version.

Rice, though, did die at a very young age. He was only 32 in 1964 when he passed away from complications from pneumonia in Mexico. Sadly, he only made four films, but they made an incredible impact on the underground scene. Only his last film, Chumlum (1964), has officially been released on DVD, which you can find on the Treasures IV: American »

- Mike Everleth

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What’s An Underground Film, Anyway?

12 January 2010 5:00 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

The term “underground film” has never enjoyed a popular definition. Oh, some writers have attempted formal definitions, but I doubt there will ever be one that is popularly agreed upon. It’s not even a term that can be agreed upon to be used. But, it is used and I personally have billed this site “The Journal of Underground Film,” so I thought I’d give my general perception of what “underground film” might mean to contribute to an ongoing dialogue about it.

And I prefer to consider writing a post like this as contributing to a dialogue because I do not have any interest in trying to build a definition myself. However, what I can say is that “Underground film” is not a genre. Actually, what leads me to use the term “underground” is that it feels to me to be a catch-all for other genres.

Avant-garde, experimental, poem, »

- Mike Everleth

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