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Underground Film Links: May 9, 2010

Things are looking good for the links program. Really a nice mix this week, too:

  1. This week’s must read article is j. j. murphy’s awesome think piece Indie Film in the Cross Fire, in which he smacks down the slowly creeping idea that filmmakers had better adjust the conception of their films in order to be more “market friendly” in order to survive. And, yes, I’ve written several pieces on the Underground Film Journal about filmmakers doing better online marketing — but DON’T PUT YOUR MARKETING BEFORE YOUR FILMS! Devour murphy’s piece, then click through to the “Straight Talk” article he links to.
  2. In that vein, No-Fi filmmaker Bob Moricz explains exactly why he makes No-Fi films.
  3. I’d also really like to thank Jacob W. for picking up and extending the conversation around the Anthology Film Archive’s Essential Cinema collection that was curated in the ’70s. I posted up that list last week and Jacob explains just how controversial the whole thing was at the time. Jacob also finally posted up the Ken Jacobs primer he’s been threatening us with the past couple of weeks.
  4. The Film Society of Lincoln Center put up the results of their polls regarding the top experimental films of the past decade, the top 50 experimental filmmakers of all time and 25 emerging filmmakers.
  5. ApeEngine has a very long interview up with Craig Baldwin about Mock Up on Mu, which is making its U.K. premiere, and his underground filmmaking career.
  6. Congrats to filmmakers Brent Green and Donna K. for getting their Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then reviewed in the New York Times.
  7. Also reviewed: The Groovy Age of Horror digs into Nick Zedd’s autobiography, Totem of the Depraved.
  8. Phil Solomon has put up some ominous, gorgeous images from The Maid of the Mist/The Great Blondin.
  9. In support of the Plastic Paper festival, Cineflyer has reprinted a dual interview with master animator Bill Plympton and master puppeteer Heather Henson. Meanwhile, Plympton visits the soon-to-be-demolished home of Windsor McCay.
  10. Facets’ Susan Doll gives a quick recap of this year’s EbertFest, which included screenings of the 2008 underground film festival hit Song Sung Blue directed by Greg Koh and the early Russian underground documentary Man With a Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov. Also on Facets, they’ve dug up a 1986 video interview with Luis Bunuel about Un chien andalou.
  11. Coincidentally, DINCA also has put up some choice Bunuel quotes. Plus, also in the quote department, Jennifer MacMillan has a few from Godard, Cohen and Tioseco.
  12. Then, back on DINCA, Guy Maddin’s Sissy Boy Slap Party short film gets  a five-word review. Here’s my 4-word review: I love that film.
  13. Not sure how I feel about reading books on Google Books, but I found something called Hollywood Quarterly that includes some very lengthy avant-garde chapters by Lewis Jacobs, Hans Richter and Amos Vogel. I have to try to find a print version of this.
  14. Lastly, I started with a smackdown, so now I’m ending with one: The Phantom of Pulp writes cable TV’s early obituary.

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