In 1976, a crudely published fanzine devoted to the experimental film scene made its debut. It was called Idiolects and the first issue offered a definition of its name: “An idiolect is the language of an individual at a particular time.” That definition certainly could be applied to both the filmmakers covered in the zine
Ernie Gehr, one of the pioneers of the structuralist film movement, was born today, July 20, in 1943. Gehr began making films in 1968 with the two films Wait and Morning, and is still currently making films with his most recent being Waterfront Follies (2008) and Hurry Up Henrietta (2009). In 1990, he was honored
From 1986 to 1996, the American Film Institute gave out the Maya Deren award to underground film artists like Kenneth Anger and Shirley Clarke.
Structuralist film pioneer Ernie Gehr will be screening several of his recent films, from 1981 to 2008, including Mirage and Hurry Up Henrietta.
The 21st annual Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival is a five-day event of great films, including ones by Ken Jacobs, Kerry Laitala and more.
Notable underground film events of 1977 were John Waters directing Desperate Living and David Lynch making Eraserhead, plus Ric Shore’s brilliant Punking Out.
Notable underground film events of 1976 were the publication of A History of American Avant-Garde Cinema and the production of Jonas Mekas’ Lost, Lost, Lost.
Notable underground film events of 1975 were the formation of Berks Filmmakers, the debut of the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Amos Poe making Night Lunch.
Some notable underground film events in 1971 were Jonas Mekas ending his Movie Journal column, Willard Maas passing away and the first festival was held.
Underground film screening series Light Industry is hosting a special curated event in honor of the late Bruce Conner, plus several more special events.