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Underground Film Links: November 25, 2012

Film still from Kenneth Anger's Fireworks avant-garde classic

Hope everyone in the U.S. had a nice holiday weekend! I’m thankful I actually got this week’s edition done, even though I guess most folks were busy as I only have a few links:

  1. This week’s Must Read is an oldie, but a goodie. And by “oldie” I don’t mean two weeks ago in Internet time! This is an article from 1948 by filmmaker Lewis Jacobs that is considered the first substantial history of American avant-garde filmmaking called “Experimental Cinema in America.” It was published in the Hollywood Quarterly and is broken down into a couple chapters, exploring the typically little written about period of 1921-41, then gets into the post-war boom of Deren, Anger, etc., as well as a brief bit on Amos Vogel’s groundbreaking Cinema 16. Plus, lots of great pictures!
  2. Here’s some Dirty Pictures for you to look at. Plus, Cockfighter and a few other cool old movie ads.
  3. Bob Moricz has a quickie, quirky interview with Damon Packard.
  4. Don Swaynos has a round-up of reviews of his amazing comedy feature Pictures of Superheroes. Of course, the¬†Underground Film Journal was so super lame we didn’t get our review up to be included, even though we’ve been promising it for weeks. But, we’re thrilled so many other folks love it, too!
  5. One+One profiles the 1975 French avant-garde drama India Song by Marguerite Duras.
  6. Michael Varrati interviews indie filmmaker Jeff Burr, director of the little known Eddie Presley and the more well-known Leatherface.
  7. Donna k. continues to look at new cinematic languages, examining influences from neuroscience, technology outside of film, archetypes and others.

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