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Motion Picture Purgatory: Chicken Hawk: Men Who Love Boys

12 August 2010 12:25 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Trembles is again taking us a bit off the beaten path this week with his latest Mpp entry, the documentary Chicken Hawk: Men Who Love Boys. Interestingly enough, as I was doing a little research on the flick, I found a site that categorized it as "Educational, Horror". So I guess it is worthy of a mention on Dread Central!

Directed by Adi Sideman and co-written by Sideman and Nadav Harel, Chicken Hawk: Men Who Love Boys follows members of the controversial group Nambla (North American Man/Boy Love Association) discussing why their organization supports "boys and men who have or desire engagements in sexual or emotional relationships."

As Trembles himself says, "Uh, all I can say about this one is ... wasn't Freddy Krueger a child molester?"

Fowl play?

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- The Woman In Black

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Todd Phillips: From The Underground To The Golden Globes

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

Congratulations to director Todd Phillips for winning the Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Golden Globe for his hit film The Hangover. Phillips, it may not be popularly known by anyone other than regular readers of this site, holds a special place in the history of underground film as the co-founder of the New York Underground Film Festival in 1994.

Prior to that, Phillips directed the documentary Hated, about controversial punk rock musician and performance artist Gg Allin, who regularly defecated, urinated and self-mutilated himself live on stage. According to the book Deathtripping: The Extreme Underground, Phillips financed the film through cab driving, “credit card scams” and by selling an advance poster signed by convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Three days before the film’s NYC premiere, Allin died of a heroin overdose.

Upon completion, Hated screened at film festivals all over the world. Phillips was especially impressed and inspired »

- 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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