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Underground Film Links: October 31, 2010

  1. Happy Halloween! If I can start off on a scary — albeit a bit self-serving — note, if you’re looking for some spooky, creepy, frightening and sometimes a bit disgusting films to watch today, please visit the Underground Film Journal’s short horror movie index page. Some great stuff in there if you click around. Now onto our regular links:
  2. If short horror movies are my “must see” link of the week, then my absolute Must Read link is j.j. murphy’s review of Andy Warhol’s recently preserved and unleashed Face, which focuses on the beautiful face of Edie Sedgwick. This film has sadly been out of circulation for 40 years.
  3. The Phantom of Pulp took a time out while making a documentary in Australia to take some awesome photos of a cemetery.
  4. Ella thinks that Kanye West is a filmmaker who should be considered on the same level as Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. Most likely that’s a bit of hyperbole, but at least somebody out there’s making connections like this.
  5. The Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then tour continues and, this time, Donna K. raves about the Diverseworks Art Space just outside of Houston, TX — and sounds like for good reason!
  6. Speaking of Gravity, filmmaker Brent Green re-posts Art in America‘s nice write-up of the film.
  7. Rhizome has an interesting review up of Britain’s Raven Row gallery’s current show “Polytechnic” that includes work by British video artists in the late ’70s & early ’80s. Also, Rhizome lets us know that the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, NY is looking for some video artists-in-residence.
  8. Like the total dope that I am, I completely missed the Counter Culture, Counter Cinema screenings that were recently in L.A. But, Jonas Mekas has video from the opening, Carolee Schneeman speaking and he corrects the record on his relationship with Jack Smith. (One of these days I’ll learn how to read a calendar.)
  9. Jack Sargeant let’s us know he’ll be at Sydney’s Fantastic Planet Sci-Fi and Fantasy Festival in November.
  10. Also in Sydney, Rupert of Snuffbox Films recently gave a clinic at the SPAA Fringe on innovative distribution methods.
  11. Ekrem Serdar posts up some nice pictures of his fun visit to the Magic Lantern Castle in San Antonio, TX.
  12. I agree with Landscape Suicide, I admire a filmmaker’s devotion to film projection, but sometimes it just sucks that’s the only format to see something. Plus, some environmental activism.
  13. Making Light of It finally brings justice to the greatest crime of the Internet: A lack of photos of late underground filmmaker Ron Rice. Plus, lovely stills from Raging Sun, Raging Sky by Julián Hernández, which evokes the work of Anger and Markopoulos.
  14. Ever wonder what’s the longest movie ever made?
  15. Jennifer Reeves has a filmmaker crush on Eugene Green and his new film, The Portugese Nun, which she urges everybody to go see.
  16. Andrea Grover investigates the history of scientific folk art.
  17. DIM Cinema examimes Amie Siegel’s DDR/DDR and Alex MacKenzie’s work with the wooden lightbox.
  18. Electric Sheep posted up Part Two of their lengthy interview with horror filmmaking icon Joe Dante, who, it turns out, really likes 3D along as it’s not used for totally gimmicky purposes. Plus, reviews from the 16th L’Etrange Festival in Paris.
  19. Animator Patrick Smith educates us on the importance of sketching first before animating.
  20. Student Joseph Mikhael attended a screening of Fulci’s The Black Cat at Facets in Chicago, IL and found it an enlightening experience.
  21. DINCA thinks the government should properly fund the arts.
  22. Speaking of funding the arts, Film Studies for Free links to an essential celebration of Derek Jarman by Tariq Ali that also includes some discussion on the funding issue.
  23. Rodney Perkins wants to turn everybody onto the music of Umberto, which recalls classic ’70s Italian horror movie music.
  24. Mike White got impossibly funky at a recent book release event that included a screening of his favorite film, Black Shampoo.
  25. Professor Tryon has some interesting musings on “format fatigue.”
  26. Filmmaker Jo Dery gives us a sneak peek at her latest upcoming art book.
  27. John R. Hand lets us know that Frankensteins Bloody Nightmare is now available for streaming on Amazon. Awesome film!
  28. Bill Plympton gives Ben Affleck’s The Town a rave review: 8 out of 10 stars. I have to say I agree with that.

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