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Underground Film Links: September 5, 2010

Wow, this is a long list this week. Enjoy!

  1. Is Australia the most conservative country in the world right now? Luke Buckmaster of The Age newspaper reports that the illegal screening of Bruce LaBruce’s gay horror movie L.A. Zombie at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival went off without any arrests. But Buckmaster was so thoroughly disgusted by the movie, he’s practically advocating for the censorship of it. What the hell did he think he was going to go see?
  2. Or maybe England is gunning for the Most Conservative Country Award. Electric Sheep reports on Srdjan Spasojevic’s controversial A Serbian Movie being pulled from FrightFest after British censors demanded almost four minutes of edits. While the film has, and will, screen freely here in the U.S. at festivals, who knows what the MPAA would say if the film were released here theatrically?
  3. The Australian Film Reviews website has posted up a review, written by Greg King, of the film The Tumbler. The film screened at the ’09 Melbourne Underground Film Festival and is currently getting a brief theatrical run down there.
  4. And one more Melbourne Underground item: The website unFRINGEd conducted a 5-question interview with filmmaker Oliver Heath, who worked as the D.P. on the short film Hirsute, which just screened at MUFF.
  5. Baylor University once again spotlights their own Professor Chris Hansen whose 2nd feature Endings has been tearing up the festival circuit.
  6. Animator Patrick Smith posted up photos of his new animation studio that he built himself in Montauk, N.Y. For someone who claims he didn’t really know what he was doing, the place looks damn fine.
  7. Donna k. gushes over the lovely looking ASU Art Museum where she and Brent Green just reconstructed the house used for the feature Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then.
  8. Bob Moricz has exciting news that he’s producing his own public access TV show for Portland called Felony Flats. What’s up with public access lately? I had an item last week about another show. Plus, a visit to the underground film screening space Grand Detour in Portland, which sounds very nice indeed, in a totally punk rock kind of way.
  9. Luke Black posts up one of his favorite short films: The goofy and vaguely disturbing I Claus. Watch it now, then watch it again here on the Underground Film Journal when I more than likely will post it myself around Christmas. Plus, Black says nice things about the work of Brian Stockton.
  10. Bill Plympton continues with his distribution diary for his latest feature Angels & Idiots. First hurdle: Finding an agreeable screening location in NYC. Then, he weighs his options about his best choice out of the few. And I’m still hanging on for the answer!
  11. Courtesy of Candlelight Stories, I got hip to the freaky minimalist art blog The Art of Memory, which focuses on film, literature, photography and more.
  12. Some happy grant news: First, Aurora Picture Show curator Mary Magsamen and her husband Stephan Hillerbrand received a grant by the Austin Film Society’s Texas Filmmaker’s Production Fund. Then, underground filmmaker Christopher Holmes was one of eighteen $10,000 fellowship winners of the N.C. Arts Council.
  13. Film Studies for Free ponders the work of Marguerite Duras and has her typical comprehensive list of links to read on the filmmaker. Plus, she lets us know that the BFI is putting up lots of free films lately.
  14. On Ways of Seeing, Yoel Meranda discusses why the 2002 French film A New Life by Philippe Grandrieux is so moving.
  15. Making Light of it presents “A gentle interdisciplinary dialogue between East and West.”
  16. And, coincidentally this week, Ekram Serdar writes a very long post about his friend Yoel Meranda.
  17. Marisa Olson lets us know she’s in a new group show in San Francisco called Teen Age: Parents Just Don’t Understand.
  18. The HOBO Audio Company has news of finishing the audio for the new film by Amos Poe, La Commedia, which will make its world premiere at Venice this year.
  19. Phantom of Pulp meditates on who is Doctor Who’s most beautiful alien enemy. Plus, gives a very nice review indeed of Pirhana 3-D.
  20. Best part of going on location in a foreign country for your documentary? The oddball trip booty.
  21. DINCA uncovers and re-posts a 1970 audio interview with animator Robert Breer. And film strips by the late Bruce Conner.
  22. Curator James Fuentes opens a new gallery in NYC. First show? Work by Jonas Mekas! Show opens on Sept. 24.
  23. Rhizome has an interesting photo and article up about an installation by Jeff Shore and John Fisher called Cliff Hanger that looks really neat. Also freaky looking: Jennifer & Kevin McCoy’s installation Dream Sequence.
  24. Landscape Suicide gets very personal remembering his late friends Alexis Tioseco and Nika Bohinc, on the first anniversary of their death. Plus, getting vertical with stills from Jeanne Liotta’s 2007 film Observando el cielo.
  25. Not underground: Who’s afraid of Michel Gondry? I am now! After reading Gabrielle Bell’s latest Comic Con diary comic. He’ll raid your wet bar and smack you upside your head.
  26. Lastly, on a personal note, the Online Film Critics Society finally posted up my profile on their website. I’m official!

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