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Underground Film Revolutionaries: Maya Deren

2 November 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Working on and scanning through Bad Lit’s Underground Film Timeline periodically, I am continually struck and impressed by the strong efforts of a certain, key few individuals who have both set down an official historical course and have charted a definitive future for avant-garde and experimental film. Without these individuals’ efforts, perhaps there would not be a history for me to attempt to chronicle on this website.

Typically, these individuals have worn multiple hats in their artistic careers,  serving as filmmakers, curators, lecturers, journalists and such. While much of their work was about promoting underground film as a valid and to-be-respected art form, there is also a strong component — if not a guiding component — of self-preservation.

That is not to imply a disparagement on their accomplishments as being merely self-serving, but the survival of the one does lead to a survival of the many. That is, if one can »

- Mike Everleth

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Dryden Theatre: Jeff Krulik In Person!

7 July 2011 7:18 PM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

July 8 & 9

8:00 p.m. (both nights)

The Dryden Theatre

900 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

Hosted by: The Dryden Theatre

The world’s greatest documentary filmmaker, Jeff Krulik, will make a special two-night live appearance at the Dryden Theatre on July 8 & 9! On July 8, he will be screening his latest masterpiece, Heavy Metal Picnic, along with his most infamous film, Heavy Metal Parking Lot. Then, on July 9, he will screen a collection of his legendary short docs, such as King Of Porn, Obsessed with Jews, I Created Lancelot Link, Ernest Borgnine On The Bus, Mr. Blassie Goes To Washington, and more.

As great an opportunity to see any collection of Krulik’s work may be, it’s really a special bonus to go hear him speak in person. He is an amazing yarn-spinner and, listening to him talk, you really get to understand what makes his films so wonderful. His passion for life »

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Barbara Hammer: Maya Deren’s Sink (Excerpt)

19 January 2011 6:00 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Yes, even an inanimate object can be fascinating in this excerpt from Barbara Hammer‘s Duchampian exercise Maya Deren’s Sink, in which an ordinary bathroom fixture is given great cultural significance. Of course, the movie is about much more than a sink. Instead, the object is used as a conduit to explore the legacy of Deren’s impact on the world, both by the films she made and by her, shall we say, larger than life personality.

If you happen to watch a lot of Pawn Stars on the History Channel, as I have been lately, you’ll have learned that just because an item is old and was owned by a famous person that that doesn’t magically conjure upon it great monetary value. However, there is great emotional value placed upon such things, such as this particular sink that is a great conversation starter.

“Why, this is »

- Mike Everleth

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7 Cool Documentaries About Filmmakers

10 January 2011 6:00 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

While there hasn’t been an explosion of documentaries made about the great underground filmmakers, the fact that any have been made about these groundbreaking, but still mostly obscure to the general public, directors seems like a great accomplishment.

Plus, these seven documentaries listed below are all available for easy viewing on DVD or VOD, which is more than can be said for many of the subjects’ actual movies.

Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis, dir. Mary Jordan. (Amazon | Netflix) Jack Smith is one of the most complicated figures in underground film history, but Jordan’s documentary provides an in-depth portrait of this reclusive artist who ended up alienating his closest friends and ardent supporters. Turning his back on the film world after directing one of the most notorious movies ever made, Flaming Creatures, Smith would go on to be an admired performance artist who would act sporadically in others’ art films. »

- Mike Everleth

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Netflix Streaming Underground Movies

4 January 2011 6:00 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

A lot of hay has been made lately about the future of Netflix streaming movies over the Internet for its subscribers as opposed to their original business model of being a mail-order DVD rental service. A good recent article on the subject was written by Chuck Tryon, who waded through all the hype and arguments against to try to figure out what impact Internet streaming of movies has on the movie industry.

Well, forget about the industry for the moment. How is Netflix streaming affecting the underground filmmaker?

Personally, I’m not a Netflix subscriber, so wading through their offerings is a bit more difficult for me. However, I was still curious if the company was streaming any underground movies. To find out if they were, I ended up searching a website called Instant Watcher, which is a company independent of Netflix, but uses a Netflix developer Api to scan »

- Mike Everleth

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