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Underground Film Links: October 23, 2011

Jeff Krulik portrait by Darrow Montgomery
  1. So, what’s it really like to make a go of it on the festival circuit, especially when you’re a much beloved cult filmmaking icon? The Washington City Paper runs a timeline of Jeff Krulik’s Heavy Metal Picnic film festival odyssey of 2011 — and it’s not a rosy journey. Much of the article is framed by a series of update emails that Krulik sends to his supporters, a group of people of which I’m a member. And those emails, thanks to Krulik’s incredible directness, frequently include some of the most hilarious exchanges ever. (The great portrait of Krulik above by¬†Darrow Montgomery is from the article.)
  2. The Count Gore De Vol documentary Every Other Day Is Halloween is still racking up great reviews, this time from the Spooky Vegan. If you haven’t had the chance to enjoy this gem yourself, this is the perfect time of year to do so.
  3. More from the horror world: Nexus Magazine interviews New Zealand’s latest scream queen: Gina Varela, star of Paul Campion’s The Devil’s Rock.
  4. Underground filmmaker Alessandro Cima also makes online games and this fun Vampire Hunter one is perfect for the season.
  5. The Phantom of Pulp raves over Alex De La Iglesia’s The Last Circus.
  6. For Electric Sheep, Robert Barry examines the pro-ant army soundtrack of Saul Bass’ cult favorite, Phase IV.
  7. Carlos Atanes has begun production on his upcoming film Gallino, which he proves with an on-set photo.
  8. OWN Magazine has some amazing film frames from Jonas Mekas’ current exhibit, This Side of Paradise.
  9. You’ll click on this SnuffBox Films post for the picture of the Super 8 film splicer, then stay for the editing lesson.
  10. Animator Tom Gasick pumps his book Frame-by-Frame Stop Motion over at Scribble Junkies. I also learned from the article that Gasick now teaches at my old alma mater, RIT.
  11. This isn’t underground, but I enjoyed this New York Times article about one of movie-dom’s most famous diners, even if you didn’t know it.
  12. Also not underground, but I can’t resist linking to Mark Evanier’s awesome ElectraWoman and DynaGirl costume story.

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