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Underground Film Links: June 13, 2010

  1. The Portland Underground Film Festival running this weekend brought out a lot of preview write-ups: The Shadow Over Portland looks at some horror movie offerings; the Portland Mercury asked fest director Seth Sonstein for some picks; Bob Moricz scans a nice write-up on his own film in PUFF written for the Willamette Weekly; and Oregon Live has some of its own picks.
  2. Michael P. Heneghan, director of the animated feature The Romantic, discusses his screening at the 2010 Boston Underground Film Festival back in March — and the troubles with submitting to fests in general.
  3. Amos Poe, one of the leading figures in the No Wave cinema movement, has penned a piece for Ted Hope’s Truly Free Film. It includes his inspiration for becoming a filmmaker — a story about Adolph Zukor of all people.
  4. Landscape Suicide gets lots of frame grabs from Jean-Luc Godard’s latest polemic Film Socialisme, and posts a quickie review of the film. Plus, screen grabs from classic films devoted to the monuments of Paris, namely the homeless sleeping under the Eiffel Tower.
  5. Making Light of It has storyboards, of a sort, from Michael Snow regarding plans on making his classic La Region Centrale. Maybe they’re more like blueprints for two films that didn’t get made, but I’d love to see.
  6. I haven’t read this entire article on the history of Chinese film, but it does mention the modern day Sixth Generation’s underground cinema being born as a revolt against state censorship, and listing a couple filmmakers in this movement, such as Wang Xiaoshuai, Zhang Yuan, Jia Zhangke and Lou Ye.
  7. This is absolutely hilarious: Grinding on the Greeks by Nick DeMarco and Nicolas Colon. (Found courtesy Rhizome.)
  8. Wheel Me Out interviews experimental filmmaker Michael Robinson, well, one of the Michael Robinsons making films out there.
  9. Movie Moxie joins the ranks of reviewers taking on It Came From Kuchar. This is a good one because it’s by someone who had never heard of ol’ Mike and George. Does the film appeal to non-Kuchar fans? Apparently, yes.
  10. The Spanish art site Zoom 96 posted a nice interview with Nick Zedd, along with a glorifying intro.
  11. DINCA invokes a 1960 quote by Ingmar Bergman about basing movies on vague ideas. Plus, screen grabs from Harry Smith’s classic The Tin Woodsman’s Dream.
  12. John R. Hand has a campfire-lit photo from the second day of shooting his third feature, The Synthetic Man.
  13. Here’s a very handsome picture of a young Jonas Mekas.
  14. Electric Sheep has a long interview with the Brothers Quay.
  15. According to IndieWIRE, the documentary American Grindhousereviewed on the Underground Film Journal and which played at the Boston Underground Film Festivalwill be getting released by Lorber Films this month.
  16. Richard Wolstencroft has a report from the opening night of the St Kilda Film Festival 2010, which is less about the films and is more about getting drunk and picking fights. Sounds like a good time.
  17. Bill Plympton posts some words of wisdom from late Hollywood producer David Brown (Jaws, A Few Good Men), things you’d wish more Hollywood producers would be inspired by.
  18. Bobby Wise profiles Serbian filmmaker Dušan Makavejev through the lens of the Cinema of Transgression.
  19. Kinda underground: Twitch is interviewing festival directors and this time they picked Fantastic Fest’s Tim League. Plus, Twitch jumps into the By Brakhage Blu-ray reviewing fray.
  20. Not underground: Indie film critic j. j. murphy reviews Tiny Furniture, the current indie fest darling directed by Lena Dunham.
  21. And speaking of murphy, a Film Panel Notetaker reporter invokes his book Me and You and Memento and Fargo while attending the type of screenwriting seminar I thought died out in the ’90s, but apparently are still being hosted around the country, including my ol’ college town of Rochester, NY.

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