In October 1968, the transcript of a conversation between filmmakers Shirley Clarke and Storm de Hirsch was published in the 46th issue of Film Culture magazine. Excerpts from that conversation can be read here.
Storm De Hirsch
In 1966, as the underground film wave was sweeping the country, a Boston off-shoot of New York City’s Film-Makers’ Cinematheque opened at a performance space at 53 Berkeley Street. Underground films were shown on weeknights, while on the weekends the space transformed into a music venue called The Boston Tea Party.
The 50th anniversary of the Ann Arbor Film Festival includes a major retrospective of Bruce Baillie, a Craig Baldwin lecture, and tons of films by George Kuchar, Jodie Mack and more.
Look at some fantastic underground film posters and newspaper ads scanned from Jonas Mekas’ seminal book Movie Journal.
Here’s a list of filmmakers that author Sheldon Renan wrote bios for in his seminal ’67 book An Introduction to the American Underground Film.
L.A. Filmforum is screening six underground film classics from the Treasures From American Film Archives IV DVD. See films by Ron Rice, Marie Menken and more.
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 for 1973 were a widespread appreciation for Stan Brakhage developed; Alejandro Jodorowsky made The Holy Mountain 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.