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Underground Film Links: May 22, 2011

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  1. This week’s Must Browse link is the new Cinemad Presents website for Mike Plante’s distribution arm of his legendary zine and blog. He’s currently representing some amazing films, including perennial Underground Film Journal hits Heavy Metal Picnic and Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then.
  2. Not sure when this happened, but the Video Data Bank completely revamped their website and it looks amazing! They’ve also made it easier to watch lots of clips of videos in their collection, so go browse around.
  3. Migrating Forms is happening right now this week in NYC and the fest got a ton of press. First up, for the Brooklyn Rail, Aily Nash interviewed organizers Nellie Killian and Kevin McGarry.
  4. For the Village Voice, Nick Pinkerton wrote a nice Migrating Forms fest overview.
  5. For The L Magazine, David Phelps considers the notion of what’s “experimental” in the context of Migrating Forms’ offerings.
  6. Art in America takes a look at Migrating Forms’ opening night film: Popular Unrest by Melanie Gilligan.
  7. I’m a little confused of when this actually took place, but UnionDocs put up the transcript of a very interesting panel discussion on the Need for Documentary Criticism. Sitting on the panel were Richard Brody, Ed Halter, Thom Powers, Lisa Rosman, Aaron Hillis and Karin Chien.
  8. Filmmaker Bob Moricz and his artist wife Irina Beffa were profiled for Foster Powell PDX, a website dedicated to a neighborhood in Portland, Oregon where they live.
  9. This is from 2009, but Annalee Schafranek profiled Maya Deren for BitchMedia. (Found via the good folks of the Aurora Picture Show.)
  10. J. J. Murphy reviews Matthew Porterfield’s Putty Hill and praises the film for its semi-improvised fictional realism.
  11. For Check Your Tension, Maggie Scott interviewed artists Richard Tuohy and Marcia Jane about their use of “old-fashioned” film equipment, techniques and processes. Personally, I hadn’t heard of these guys before, but this is a fascinating interview.
  12. For FILMink, Jack Sargeant reviewed the pointless remake of I Spit on Your Grave. Actually, “rips into” is more apt than “reviewed.”
  13. Interested in HTML5 video for your film website? For Mashable, Christina Warren details how the format will revolutionize web video.
  14. For IFC News, Stephen Saito looks at how the expense of converting to digital projection could kill the indie art house scene. Will digital microcinemas take their place?
  15. For Electric Sheep, Eleanor McKeown takes a look at the animation of Al Jarnow. His film Celestial Navigations will screen at the upcoming Flatpack Festival.
  16. Michael Tully has a brief review of Jessica Oreck’s Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, which just came out on DVD.
  17. MoMA/PS1 Inside/Out has a video interview with Dani Leventhal about her video 54 Days this Winter, 36 Days this Spring for 18 Minutes.
  18. This is from a few weeks ago, but Manola Dargis took a look at the history of the avant-garde and experimental film scene in San Francisco.
  19. Peaches Christ herself has updates on upcoming screenings.
  20. Not quite film: For The Green Orange, Tai Ho looks at political art, particularly that of China’s Ai Weiwei and the U.S.’s Shepard Fairey, who was featured in the documentary Andre the Giant Has a Posse that screened at the 1995 NYUFF.
  21. Speaking of Fairey, Candlelight Stories is coming around to his style.

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