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Underground Film Links: June 23, 2013

Curtis Harrington directing a scene
  1. This Week’s Must Read: Razorcake digs up and posts a “lost” interview with director Curtis Harrington from back in 2004. The piece is very in-depth and covers all of Harrington’s career, including his early USC days with Kenneth Anger. (h/t to David Arrate) (Image above from NYTimes obit of Harrington.)
  2. Recently Discovered Websites Dept.: Jerry Tartaglia — filmmaker; film writer; founder of Berks Filmmakers, Inc.; restorer of Jack Smith’s work — has a website where you can learn all about his unbelievably amazing underground film career.
  3. Recently Discovered Part II: Somebody kick me for this, but I didn’t know Japanese/Australian underground filmmaker Kenta McGrath has a blog, but I subscribed when I found out. So should you.
  4. After having taken a couple weeks off, BadAzz MoFo is back with its “White 100” list, this time looking at the amount of people of color in Sunset Boulevard and other Billy Wilder hits.
  5. Here’s a nice, brief review of a recent show at Artists’ Television Access called “Her Tail Was Cut in Two.”
  6. What does a urinal have to do with the art of remixing?
  7. Donna k. investigates on whether documentary filmmaking can be a kind of fiction or not.
  8. Temple of Schlock gets a case of Female Fever.
  9. Fugitive Cinema conducted a two-part interview with filmmaker Shane Ryan, who made his mark with videos such as Amateur Porn Star Killer, but is currently working his way into more thoughtful material. Click for Part One. Click for Part Two.
  10. Bill Plympton has pictures from the wrap party of his latest feature, Cheatin.
  11. What do “film masters” look like in the digital age? Jay Hollinsworth shows us.
  12. 366 Weird Movies ponders whether or not Calvin Lee Reeder’s The Rambler will make their weird movie list.
  13. Not film, but could have an impact: We learned this week that if you are being sexually assaulted, that it’ll take Kickstarter over two hours to make a decision on whether or not to help you. But, at least they’ll apologize for it later. Plus, Professor Chutry takes a look at the controversy.

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  • Rups says:

    Regarding the last link, it’s funny though, I spent a lot of time during my CrowdFunding campaign which was not successful unfortunately, trying to not be explicit in my campaign simply because the TOS of the CrowdFunding site I went through would have pulled my project straight away. Not that mine was encouraging anything that could be considered inhumane but mine was heavily religious and sexual based – and ultimately didn’t comply with any of the CrowdFunding TOS out there – very frustrating, as I considered my micro-movie quite relevant as a theological exercise in ‘sacred fact’, so on the flip side, projects can gather funding because they in some way appeal to the sadistic side to human nature and other projects who would like to test the boundaries of human thought get immediately stopped at the TOS gates of Saint Peter. Troubling for me.

  • Rups says:

    Yes, Mike, it does seem so. When I got funding for my last micro-movie my proposal had to be very carefully written in order not to spell out actually what I intended on doing – not that it should have effected the grant but I knew it would.

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