Underground Video: Spanish Style
Victor Olid is a Spanish underground filmmaker who has made a new documentary called Te En-Video that explores the use of video by his fellow underground directors. Embedded above is the trailer for the film.
Te En-Video is a mix of English and Spanish, but the trailer is intended primarily for a Spanish speaking audience, meaning there are no English subtitles. Still, I found it worthwhile to watch despite not understanding half of it. The parts I did understand were clips of interviewees George Kuchar and Bob Moricz, both of whom I write about regularly on the Underground Film Journal, and J.R. Bookwalter, whom I’m not personally familiar with. There are also some other English speakers, but they’re not identified. Also, the music Olid uses in the trailer is damn catchy.
So, I suggest checking it out. And if Olid ever puts English subtitles on the entire film, I’d love to watch that as I think it’s a really interesting subject. Also, if you do watch the above, and you’re wondering what the opening Star Wars-style rolling text says, below is the rough Babelfish translation. Make that a “very” rough translation, but you can get the gist of what Olid is getting at:
There is much people who make films. Many of them realise, them in video. Some, by the freedom that the format offers and others because they do not have left but remedy. By lowering costs, others, because the video chamber is of everything what they arrange. This documentary one, is a wonderful vindication of the video and the cinema of low budget, sometimes so low, that it does not exist.
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The documentary is not finished yet, but there will be a version with subtitles in English of the movie.