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Underground Film Links: March 11, 2012

Strange Beauty Loves Winnipeg
  1. This Week’s Must Look: The Strange Beauty Film Festival, held last month in Durham, North Carolina, sent love letters to the numerous Winnipeg, Manitoba filmmakers who screened work there. What an incredibly lovely gesture! Some of the recipients include many¬†Underground Film Journal faves, such as Jaimz Asmundson, Leslie Supnet and Aaron Zeghers.
  2. Plazm has a lengthy interview up with Portland area filmmaker Vanessa Renwick about her career, specifically about how she’s incorporated the city into it and vice versa.
  3. Robert Maier has photographic evidence of a violent scene cut out of Polyester, featuring Divine being mauled by members of the press. Also, a production office photo at the same film.
  4. In anticipation of the upcoming Hollis Frampton DVD by Criterion, Making Light of It has scanned and posted Scott MacDonald’s interview with him in A Critical Cinema.
  5. Documentary filmmaker Jessica Oreck has started a new short film project: Mysteries of the Vernacular.
  6. Cartoonist Sam Henderson unleashes the best film concept of all time.
  7. Electric Sheep analyzes why Ken Russell’s films were so controversial upon their release.
  8. Filmmaker Magazine interviews writer/director Jordan Roberts about his film frankie go boom, which is debuting at SXSW and is getting a good amount of buzz. I’ve actually met Jordan a couple times. Nice guy, so I’m hoping this is a huge hit for him.
  9. Not underground: The world lost a brilliant talent the other day, visionary artist Jean “Moebius” Giraud. Mostly known for his graphic novel work, his influence on films was immense as well, working as a conceptual artist for Alien and other sci-fi flicks. And he also founded the magazine Metal Hurlant, which translated into Heavy Metal in the U.S., which was made into a beloved cult animated film.

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