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
In 1983, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, along with Media Study/Buffalo, created a touring retrospective of avant-garde films, primarily feature-length ones and a few shorts, which they called “The American New Wave 1958-1967.” To accompany the tour, a hefty catalog was produced that included notes on the films, essays by film historians and
Nov. 9: Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman will screen and lecture about Jack Smith’s legendary underground classic, Flaming Creatures.
A list of 10 film books that have been overly inspiring and influential to me, including books by John Waters, Jonas Mekas, Jack Sargeant and more.
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.
Anthology Film Archives presents restored versions of Robert Downey Sr.’s earliest films, like Babo 73 and Chafed Elbows. Downey was inspired by Jonas Mekas.
In both Dear Lori and Kill John Wayne, underground filmmaker Vivian Wong examines war through a politically, violently and sexually charged lens.
The Dream Life by J. Hoberman is an excellent survey of the cinematic and political scenes of the ’60s that has some segments about underground film.
J. Hoberman is the long-running film critic at the Village Voice, who is screening some of his favorite underground films, like Eraserhead and Black Box.
Why isn’t Jack Smith’s films available on DVD? Here’s the breakdown on why and the efforts of Penny Arcade and J. Hoberman to bring them to the masses.