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Underground Film Links: November 7, 2010

  1. These first two links to the website Cineflyer I had on the site earlier in the week, but I want to make sure they get read. One is an interview with film curator Brett Cashmere about his new series investigating Canada’s little-known Escarpment School movement. And the other is an interview with Escarpment School member Philip Hoffman. And, by the way, the Underground Film Journal”s Screening section has all kinds of interesting information, so please check out those posts even if you don’t live in the city in which those Screenings take place.
  2. Searching for “underground film” articles every week sometimes brings up interesting results in ways I don’t typically think of the term. Anyway, doing so this week led me to this piece on Donna Magazine about the “green movement of Iran” being celebrated at the 10th International Diaspora Film Festival.
  3. Jack Sargeant reprints his nifty profile of Edward D. Wood Jr. superstar Criswell, the world’s most inaccurate prognosticator. Plus, a brief history of the “roughie” exploitation film genre.
  4. MassArt Film Society has a brief explanation by Martha Colburn on how she animates her films, which I’m always particularly curious about.
  5. Making Light of It has scanned in Culture, Stan Vanderbeek’s manifesto on Expanded Cinema. Man, that dude liked to write manifestos. Plus, the hell with Waldo. Where’s Kenneth Anger?
  6. Electric Sheep takes a look at Dario Argento’s “Animal” TrilogyThe Bird With the Crystal Plumage, The Cat O’ Nine Tails and Four Flies on Grey Velvet — and includes some really beautiful, large poster images. Plus, highlights from the 18th Raindance Film Festival, which includes Son of Babylon, Armless, Donoma and Vampires.
  7. Landscape Suicide looks towards the horizon courtesy of Peter Hutton’s Skagafjördur. Plus, the ongoing debate over Godard’s alleged anti-semitism.
  8. Who is the most profiled and interviewed filmmaker living today? I don’t know officially, but my guess is Jonas Mekas.
  9. Ekrem Serdar goes through the history of sewing, connecting it to the way film is “threaded” through a camera and a projector.
  10. Why does this old Russian video about digitizing photos look and sound like a horror movie? (Courtesy Rhizome)
  11. Film Studies for Free collects articles about the artistry of the split screen, including Catherine Grant’s own video essay on Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream.
  12. Patrick Smith has some tips for animation professors, although I think some of these could apply to other film classes.
  13. I found this Avant-Garde blog this week, which I’m not entirely sure what it is, but reads like a film student posting his homework. I haven’t read all the posts, but some of it’s interesting to see someone beginning to wrap their mind about how makes underground film special.
  14. In other school news, another student, J’mal Riley, attended a Facets Fright School screening and wrote it up for his class. The film he saw? The Mystics of Bali, an exploitation film from Indonesia.
  15. DINCA reviews Laida Lertxundi’s pensive short film My Tears are Dry.
  16. Via DINCA, I found out about the website Last Address, which provides profiles of artists who have died of AIDS. They include underground hero Jack Smith and John Waters’ superstar Cookie Mueller.
  17. Sounds like Mike White had a good time in my old stomping grounds, Philadelphia, while on his Impossibly Funky book tour.
  18. Also, courtesy of Mr. White, I was led to Topless Robot’s list of 10 Non-Cult Movies Most Worthy of Rabid Cult Fanbases.
  19. The Onion A.V. Club interviews Due Date director Todd Phillips who makes the interesting revelation that he co-founded the New York Underground Film Festival just because his doc Hated didn’t make it into Sundance.