Underground Film Journal

Feature Article

March 2, 2019

Underground Cinema 12: January-May 1971

Cover to Boxoffice Magazine featuring a photograph of theatre magnate Louis Sher

Underground Cinema 12 was a midnight movie screening series of underground films that ran in theaters owned by Louis Sher, who founded "the nation's largest circuit of art houses" in 1954.

While Sher was the head of the Art Theatre Guild, Underground Cinema 12 was run by his nephew Mike Getz. The series began at the Cinema Theater in Hollywood, California on Columbus Day 1963; and when it proved to be a big hit there, Getz came up with the idea to run the series at all of his uncle's theaters. A program would run on a Saturday night at one theater, then that theater would ship the films to the next theater, and so on.

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Online Cinema

January 21, 2019

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Cinemad Mix Tape #1

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Curated by Cinemad’s Mike Plante, this anthology features short films by Cam Archer, Tom Barndt, Lilli Carre, Chris Peters, Calvin Lee Reeder, Todd Rohal, Kelly Sears and the Zellner Bros.

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