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Underground Film Links: March 20, 2011

Rupert Owen slideshow
  1. Been meaning to link to this for a few weeks now, but Rupert Owen has posted up the slides from a talk he gave about starting a viable streaming video business. Of course, these would be much better with Owen talking along with them, but still very interesting to flip through and gives much to think about.
  2. News worth rejoicing over: Waylon Bacon’s putting together a compilation DVD of his amazing short films. He picked the best picture for the cover, too.
  3. Felix Vasquez Jr. of Cinema Crazed recently interviewed two of my favorite documentary people, Vic Zimet and Stephanie Silber of Random Lunacy fame.
  4. For the L Magazine, Mark Asch has a quick round-up of some of this year’s SXSW films, including the much anticipated The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye by Marie Losier. Asch says it’s “as intensely familiar to the doc’s core audience as it is strange to everyone else.”
  5. I haven’t heard of the Edgemar Film Festival before, but they have good taste since they’ve selected Oren Shai’s excellent short film Condemned to screen.
  6. A.S. Berman interviews filmmaker Bruce LaBruce and Richard Wolstencroft about the film L.A. Zombie and Wolstencroft’s legal problems over screening it in Australia.
  7. Richard Wolstencroft also participated in an interview with Candace Grissom, but this time about his F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation The Beautiful and Damned.
  8. Better late than never: Jonas Mekas posts up video of Kenneth Anger and Brian Butler performing as Technicolor Skull at last year’s Anthology fundraiser.
  9. I’ve also been failing to mention recently that Mike White has a new podcast show “on the air”: The Projection Booth. The second episode is all about Abar: The First Black Superman.
  10. Hear some magical tales by filmmaker Jaimz Asmundson and his artist dad Graham on Cineflyer radio.
  11. Also on the “radio,” Phil Hall discusses the short film he starred in recently — and which I keep meaning to post a review of — Uncorked.
  12. The Boston Phoenix has a quick preview of some films at this year’s Boston Underground Film Festival, including Usama Alshaibi’s Profane.
  13. Animator Andrew Gallagher is excited his short film Bookkeeper of the Universe is screening at the Boston Underground, which is coming up quick. And he should be!
  14. Temple of Schlock takes a look back at a lost counterculture comedy, Win Chamberlain’s Brand X from 1970. It’ll be screening in NYC next month at the New Museum.
  15. John R. Hand describes his obtuse connection to the upcoming horror movie Gut. It’s nice to have homage paid to oneself.
  16. For Electric Sheep, Sarah Cronin interviews filmmaker Gen Takahashi, director of Confessions of a Dog.
  17. IndieWIRE has a video interview with Su Friedrich about being in New Directors/New Films some years back.
  18. Glenn Kenny analyzes the return of Brazilian horror icon Coffin Joe in 2008’s Embodiment of Evil and doesn’t find it lacking, which surprises him.
  19. The Phantom of Pulp, meanwhile, is mighty impressed with Jee-woon Kim’s I Saw the Devil. Same goes for Dennis Yu’s The Beasts.
  20. Rodney Perkins wants to direct your attention to what looks to be a cult hit in the making: The post-apocalyptic dance video game flick The FP.
  21. Thanks to Phantasmagorical for listing the Underground Film Journal on his resources page.
  22. Not underground in the least, but I recently found out that an old friend of mine, Michael Neno, has a blog where he’s reviewing every MGM movie ever made in chronological order, called Stars in Heaven. Neno’s actually the dude who, many moons ago, brought me into the self-publishing world, which then evolved into website publishing. So, blame him. He’s also a wickedly talented artist and writer, so read his regular, personal blog, too.

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