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Underground Film Links: May 12, 2013

George Kuchar in the shower
  1. This week’s Must Read: Winnipeg filmmaker and author Cecilia Araneda wrote a very impassioned article titled The Importance of Making Memorable Films that, well, everyone should read. The point being that in a world of non-stop product making, that before you make another “product,” you should be clear that you have something important to say to rise above the rabble. Lots of great, clear-headed advice in the essay. (Picture of George Kuchar in Hold Me When I’m Naked above for inspiration after reading the article.)
  2. David Hudson has compiled several links eulogizing the late Taylor Mead, who was pretty much the only true underground film superstar. Yes, the Underground Film Journal is included, but there’s also links to pieces by J. Hoberman, Douglas Martin and more.
  3. Quick, what’s a harder film term to define: “Cult” or “Underground”? Well, some chaps tried to define “cult” and caused an uproar. And here’s the “cult film” list that started the whole argument. (h/t Chicago Underground Film Festival’s Bryan Wendorff)
  4. Bill Plympton was recently a judge at the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film and he has a rundown of what he saw there.
  5. Welcome to the future: Movies on postage stamps.
  6. For the most part, I stayed out of the whole Zach Braff/Kickstarter debacle, but I have to agree: Stop giving your money to rich people.
  7. Not underground: Worst film marketing idea ever.

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