The Underground Film Journal has successfully added data from P. Adams Sitney’s landmark book, Visionary Film, to its ambitious Underground Film Timeline project.
P. Adams Sitney
Aleister Crowley’s two most famous filmmaking “disciples” are underground legends Kenneth Anger and Harry Smith, but don’t count out Raymond Salvatore Harmon.
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.
Notable underground film events of 1973 were P. Adams Sitney publishing Visionary Film, John Waters made Female Trouble and David Lynch directed The Amputee.
Underground film historian P. Adams Sitney, who wrote Visionary Film, is giving a lecture and showing films at Ed Halter’s Light Industry.
Avant-garde screening series kino21 is hosting a retrospective of the underground films made by Warren Sonbert.
Edited by Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Experimental Cinema is a very academic film book with some very engaging bits.
Visionary Film by P. Adams Sitney is still a must-read history of underground film even though it basically says that history petered out in the early 70s.
In the ’60s, Film Culture gave out one award per year to an underground filmmaker, such as Andy Warhol and Kenneth Anger. Here’s the full list of winners.
Back on Sept. 28, 1960, film diarist Jonas Mekas organized a meeting of the world’s best underground filmmakers to form the historic New American Cinema Group.