IT CAME FROM KUCHAR is the definitive, feature documentary about the legendary, underground filmmaking twins, the Kuchar brothers. George and Mike Kuchar have inspired two generations of filmmakers, actors, musicians, and artists with their zany, "no budget" films and with their uniquely enchanting spirits. George and Mike Kuchar grew up in the Bronx in the 1950's making "no-budget" films, compulsively copying Hollywood melodramas with their aunt's 8mm, home-movie camera. In the 1960's the New York underground film scene embraced them as the "8mm Mozarts". Their early films deeply inspired many filmmakers, including John Waters, Buck Henry, Atom Egoyan, Todd Haynes, Cory McAbee and Wayne Wang. IT CAME FROM KUCHAR includes numerous clips from the Kuchar brother's early films including HOLD ME WHILE I'M NAKED, SINS OF THE FLESHAPOIDS, and many others. IT CAME FROM KUCHAR features interviews of many of the filmmakers, artists and writers who've been inspired by the Kuchars. The film also... Written by
Cinematic Fever Dreams In 8mm (and sometimes in 16mm)
Sometime in the mid 1950's,a new realm of cinema started to rear it's head to make people stand up & take notice (and succeeded after a while). Up & coming film makers such as Stan Brakhage,Kenneth Anger, and Mike & George Kuchar. The brothers Kuchar shot most of their epics with virtually no budget,in 8mm (although they would make the big move to 16mm & video years later),and starring either their families,friends,next door neighbours & total strangers,with titles such as 'The naked & the nude','Hold me while I'm naked','Sins of the fleshapoids',and many others. I had only heard of the films of the Kuchar brothers via J.Hoberman & Jonathan Rosembaum's excellent book, 'Midnight Movies',which had a chapter on underground films of the 1950's,thru the early 1980's (when the book was published),along with other offbeat films of that era,including the films of John Waters, David Lynch,Jack Smith,and others. Jennifer Kroot's 'It Came From Kuchar',is a documentary that showcases the Kuchar brothers,Mike & George (twins,although it's never really revealed if they are fraternal or identical,as each brother really doesn't look like one another),tell their individual tales on growing up in New Jersey & what made them want to make movies. In addition to a treasure trove of clips from what I could only call "a cinematic fever dream",also has no lack of interview footage from Mike & George,as well as their fans (which include,among others:John Waters,Buck Henry,critic B.Ruby Rich,Atom Egoyan,Wayne Wang,Guy Maddin & Bill Griffith,creator of Zippy the Pinhead),and friends that acted in their short epics (such as Bob Cowan,Donna Kerness,Cynthia Mailman,and others). Jennifer M.Kroot (Sirens of the 23rd century)directs this inspired documentary for those who fancy the truly bizarre (i.e.:midnight cult movies,underground cinema of the 1960's/1970's & beyond),with cinematography by Christopher Million & editing by Jesse Spencer. It (for sure)won't be everybody's cup of tea,but those interested should seek it out. Not rated by the MPAA,this film contains raunchy language,flashes of full frontal nudity,sexual content & other lurid goings on that's not for innocent eyes
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