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Underground Film Links: May 19, 2012

Jodie Mack standing in front of her colorful art installation
  1. Experimental animator Jodie Mack is interviewed for Bad at Sports by Thea Liberty Nichols, mostly about Mack’s latest long-form project Dusty Stacks of Mom, but also about Mack’s previous epic Yard Work Is Hard Work. Why is this interview a “must read”? Because, to reiterate Nichols’ intro, Mack is one of the hardest working people in underground film and her output is mind-boggling.
  2. In a somewhat similar vein, INCITE! has posted up an old interview conducted with Bruce Conner by Amelia Does. They chat somewhat about Conner’s filmmaking beginnings, but Does also grilled up about the work of Arthur Lipsett.
  3. More interviews: Making Light of It rounds up some video interviews with James Benning.
  4. Filmmaker Mark Rappaport offers up incontrovertible proof that Ray Carney has been giving inconsistent and wildly different statements — i.e. Carney’s been flat-out lying — regarding the status of Rappaport’s archival material. These concrete statements are so damning, especially in light of Carney’s vague “I don’t have to show anybody any proof” defense. While none of this looks good for Carney, where does this case go from here?
  5. Bob Moricz serves up a tasty manifesto, which includes choice statements such as: “The idea of the art of filmmaking being intrinsically linked to commerce is a scam and a sham perpetuated by powers afraid of the power of art.”
  6. Day of the Woman gives an enthusiastic review — and why wouldn’t they! — to the brilliant President Wolfman, which I believe will be coming to DVD soon.
  7. David Hudson at Fandor rounds up links chatting up Alejandro Jodorowsky’s latest film, The Dance of Reality, as well as a new documentary by Frank Pavich called Jodorowsky’s Dune, all about the film that was never to be.
  8. I’m going to guess that everybody loves a nice on-set photo from Russ Meyer’s Faster, Pussycat! Kill, Kill!. Also, a picture of somebody I’ve never seen a picture of before: Maya Deren’s 3rd husband, Teiji Ito.
  9. 366 Weird Movies reviews Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pais’s brilliant Savage Witches, calling it “an aesthetic attack on the audience’s expectations of film as entertainment.” That’s a compliment.
  10. Not underground: Photographer Christopher Molony has a genius conceit: Matching film stills with photos of the real locations. The amount of effort that goes into this is astounding.

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