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Underground Film Links: April 29, 2012

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Here’s some fun scans of underground cartoonist Spain’s adaptation of Jodorowsky’s El Topo.
  5. London Short Film Festival director Philip Islon offers his personal thoughts on film curating in the 21st century, beginning with his work at the seminal Exploding Cinema.
  6. [re]Search My Trash interviewed English horror movie director James Eaves about his modern classic, Bane, which is still generating interest after being out quite a few years now.
  7. The Brooklyn-based Brownstoner blog interviewed filmmakers Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, particularly about their acclaimed doc Battle for Brooklyn, of course.
  8. Jennifer Clary, director of the recently reviewed The Silent Thief, has a snazzy new website made using WordPress, which we doubly approve of.
  9. This is a new concept to us that sounds intriguing: Database documentaries. Harvard Magazine profiles Jesse Shapins, who co-created the software Zeega that works to create this new medium.
  10. J. J. Murphy reviews Ben Rivers’ latest film Two Years at Sea, which he describes as “a depiction of a present that’s nonetheless imbued with a strong sense of the past.”
  11. Filmmaker Robert Putka raves about the Florida Film Festival, which screened his Mouthful.
  12. Not quite underground: Rhizome has a neat piece on Rebecca Allen, who created 3D computer graphic versions of Kraftwerk.
  13. Not underground: Mark Evanier has a funny bit on not compensating DVD bonus feature documentary participants.

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