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The definitive documentary about the zany, underground filmmaking twins, George and Mike Kuchar. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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George Kuchar ... Himself

Mike Kuchar ... Himself
Dan Carbone ... Himself
John Carlson ... Himself
Floraine Connors ... Herself

Christopher Coppola ... Himself
Mike Diana ... Himself

Atom Egoyan ... Himself
Lewis Gillian ... Himself
Bill Griffith ... Himself
Michele Gross-Napolitano ... Herself

Buck Henry ... Himself
Brook Hinton ... Herself
Denah Johnston ... Herself
Larry Jordan ... Himself
Donna Kerness ... Herself
Andrew Lampert ... Himself
Noel Lawrence ... Himself
Larry Leibowitz ... Himself

Guy Maddin ... Himself
Gerard Malanga ... Himself
Linda Martinez ... Herself
Melinda McDowell ... Herself (as Melinda McDowell-Milks)
Evdoxia M. Mpras ... Herself (as Evie Mpras)
Cullen Quave ... Himself

B. Ruby Rich ... Herself
Andy Rodriguez ... Himself
Mark Rokoff ... Himself
Rock Ross ... Himself

Jeffrey Schwarz ... Himself
Tina Sinclaire ... Herself
Whitley Strieber
V. Vale ... Himself
Marian Wallace ... Herself

Wayne Wang ... Himself

John Waters ... Himself
David Weissman ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nyq Bonaventura ... Himself
Marion Eaton ... Herself (archive footage)
Justine Suzanne Jones ... Herself
Joshua Kanies ... Himself
Cory McAbee ... Himself
Curt McDowell ... Himself (archive footage)
Jonas Mekas ... Himself (archive footage)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Stevenson ... Himself - Author / Film Curator

Andy Warhol ... Himself (archive footage)
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Directed by
Jennifer M. Kroot 
 
Produced by
Lewis Gillian .... associate producer
Jennifer M. Kroot .... producer
Tina Kroot .... producer
Holly Million .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Million 
 
Sound Department
Chris Barron .... assistant sound editor (as Christopher Barron)
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Marilyn McCoppen .... sound editor
Daniel Peterson .... sound recordist
Lora Hirschberg .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
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Jesse Spencer .... special effects
 
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Jesse Spencer .... on-line editor
 

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Argentina:86 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | USA:86 min
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fun history of Kuchar twins & their offbeat films, 22 December 2010
Author: ksf-2 from southwest US

Featuring interviews of John Waters, Atom Egoyan, Buck Henry, and even George Kuchar's cat, this is a fun, live, on-the- scene look at the Kuchar brothers, George and Mike and the making of their wild, bizarre, indie films. According to Wikipedia, George was hired to teach film classes at the SF Art Institute in 1971. Making these films, which starred monsters, wacky, offbeat people and gender-bending plots with his twin brother Mike, George was also a part time painter. We hear director Jennifer Kroot (who attended and worked at the SF Art Institute) asking the brothers questions about their tempestuous childhood, with conversations by the actors in their films, co-workers, and friends in the business.

In 1965, Mike made "Sins of the Fleshapoids" probably the best known of their films, which J. Waters has said is one of his favorite films of all time. Mike also directed my favorite "The Secret of Wendel Samson", which was quite ahead of its time. It's quite ironic when early in the film, Mike Kuchar, missing teeth, and sporting a looooong beard, says "Old people.... are weird." Apparently, I'm not the only only amused by the brothers' manner and appearance, since Bill Griffith says he created the cartoon "Zippy the Pinhead" based on Mike Kuchar. We also hear the comments of Christopher Coppola, yet another of the Coppola offspring in the film industry.

It's also interesting to note that "Statue in the Park" 1993, starring Mike Diana, is NOT currently listed in IMDb, and also not found on amazon. "Thundercrack!" 1975, (Marion Eaton) IS in IMDb, and purports to be in DVD format on amazon, but is "not available" for order. "Loads" 1985 (Curt McDowell) IS listed in IMDb, and the VHS tape IS currently available on amazon. Ascension of the Demonoids IS listed in IMDb, but not on amazon. Also not found in either IMDb or amazon are some of their obscure films, which are probably shorts: Cocktail Crooners, Paradise Gone, Garden of Goodies, Midsummer's Nightmare, and Secrets of the Shadow World. Too bad... Glad this documentary is helping us keep an inventory of these now missing films which will probably never make it to DVD. If you have the opportunity, find and watch "It Came from Kuchar". Well worth the 86 minutes spent watching this study of indie, bizarro films. Fun, entertaining, and a little chunk of history of the film industry. Distributed by Indiepix Films, it has 48 minutes of extras.

" I knew we wouldn't make any money because anything I work on is a financial disaster."

-- George Kuchar:

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