This Week’s Absolute Must Read is an absolute for sad reasons: David Hudson compiles the best tribute to famed film curator Amos Vogel, who passed away last week. Actually, “curator” probably isn’t the best word to summarize all that Vogel did in his life in promoting indie, avant-garde, experimental and underground film, but no word has been invented to how important his contributions to film curation, programming and scholarship have been.
After actress Elizabeth Banks dissed the ’90s underground film Surrender Dorothy in which she starred, the movie’s director, Kevin DiNovis, politely chided her for not only insulting him, but the entire indie film scene. We here at the Underground Film Journal don’t have to be so polite. To quote the late, great Divine, we find Banks guilty of assholism. If you want to see Surrender Dorothy, which won Best Narrative Feature at the 1998 Chicago Underground Film Festival, it’s available on Amazon and Netflix.
Making Light of It also put up a bunch of material regarding Hollis Frampton’s films that were recently released on Criterion disc. The films that MLoI posted about were: Magellan, Critical Mass, Zorns Lemma and (nostalgia).