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Martha Colburn: 1stFILM

For the 1st day of the 1st month of the new decade, I thought it appropriate to post Martha Colburn‘s First Film in X-tro, which was made way back in 1994. On Colburn’s filmography on her official site, she has it listed as her second film ever made, but it’s called “1st,” today’s the 1st, so there. (And it’s listed as 1stFILM on YouTube.)

For those familiar with Colburn’s modern animated films may be surprised — I was — to see her working with just found footage here. However, her trademark wild, chaotic, fast pacing is still on display here. The music is by Eye Yamatsuka, who goes by the name Yamantaka Eye now; plus Martha and Jason Willett‘s experimental music band the Dramatics.

'50s era man and woman driving in a convertible

In other news: 2009 was a mixed year for me personally, but as far as┬áthe Underground Film Journal goes, it was a great year with interest in the site ramping up slowly but steadily. Ok, a little too slowly for my impatient self, but I’m heading into 2010 with confidence. Thanks to everybody who stops by regularly and irregularly and let’s spread the underground film word around even wider this year. There’s so many great filmmakers out there that need wider recognition. Let’s make sure their work gets seen and make the world a better place.


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