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Spectacle Theater: Brothers Kuchar!

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Sept. 2, 15 & 25
7:30 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
Spectacle Theater
124 South 3rd Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Hosted by: Matthew Bonner

Curated by Matthew Bonner, Brooklyn’s Spectacle Theater will be screening movies by twin underground filmmaking legends, George and Mike Kuchar. The program will screen on three different nights in September with one program each devoted to each brother. (Full screening schedule is below.)

What makes this particular program stand-out from other Kuchar screenings is that Bonner — a former film student of George’s — has selected rarely screened, relatively modern work by the sibling enfant terribles. After becoming giants in the underground film world of the early 1960s, the Kuchars were the rare filmmakers who gleefully embraced using video to make their “pictures” later in their careers.

Although they began making films together as teenagers, as the brothers got older they went in separate directions and their creative tastes veered off in wildly different directions. George, as a professor at the San Francisco Art Institute, directed campy, genre-flavored productions with his students serving as cast and crew; while Mike made quirky portraits of people who orbited his sphere of consciousness.

George passed away one year ago this month and Mike has taken over his brother’s teaching duties in the time since.

The full program schedule is below. The same program repeats on the three nights, although the order of which brother screens first changes. All videos come courtesy of the Video Data Bank. Plus, scroll to the bottom of the schedule to watch a promotional trailer.

September 2

7:30 p.m.:George Kuchar
Flesh of Fury (2007)
(A priest travels back in time and hooks up with an evil entity.)
The Ghost of Dr. Foo (2007)
(An insatiable vixen weaves an occult web.)
Orphans of the Cosmos (2008)
(Three teenagers travel to Mars to learn what it’s like to be an adult.)

10:00 p.m.:Mike Kuchar
Zoology (2006)
(Official description: A young man’s problematic journey through the ‘Human Zoo’.)
Cupid’s Infirmary (1995)
(Official description: A ‘dinner’ reunion for two couples results in catastrophic indigestion.)
I Face the Night (2000)
(Official description: The sun sets as depressions arise.)

September 15

7:30 p.m.:Mike Kuchar
Zoology (2006)
(Official description: A young man’s problematic journey through the ‘Human Zoo’.)
Cupid’s Infirmary (1995)
(Official description: A ‘dinner’ reunion for two couples results in catastrophic indigestion.)
I Face the Night (2000)
(Official description: The sun sets as depressions arise.)

10:00 p.m.:George Kuchar
Flesh of Fury (2007)
(A priest travels back in time and hooks up with an evil entity.)
The Ghost of Dr. Foo (2007)
(An insatiable vixen weaves an occult web.)
Orphans of the Cosmos (2008)
(Three teenagers travel to Mars to learn what it’s like to be an adult.)

September 25

7:30 p.m.:George Kuchar
Flesh of Fury (2007)
(A priest travels back in time and hooks up with an evil entity.)
The Ghost of Dr. Foo (2007)
(An insatiable vixen weaves an occult web.)
Orphans of the Cosmos (2008)
(Three teenagers travel to Mars to learn what it’s like to be an adult.)

10:00 p.m.:Mike Kuchar
Zoology (2006)
(Official description: A young man’s problematic journey through the ‘Human Zoo’.)
Cupid’s Infirmary (1995)
(Official description: A ‘dinner’ reunion for two couples results in catastrophic indigestion.)
I Face the Night (2000)
(Official description: The sun sets as depressions arise.)

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