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Millennium Film Workshop: New Films By George And Mike Kuchar

By Mike Everleth ⋅ February 2, 2011

Audience at the Millennium Film Workshop

Feb. 5
8:00 p.m.
Millennium Film Workshop
66 East 4th St.
New York, New York 10003

Hosted by: Millennium Film Workshop

The twin titans of underground filmmaking, George and Mike Kuchar, are still cranking out their wildly inventive and insane mini-epics. This screening will feature two new films by George and a whopping six by Mike. (NOTE: The brothers will not be in attendance for this screening)

Although the two began their movie making careers working together, their individual styles have evolved in wildly different directions since going their separate ways in the early ’60s.

George Kuchar generally sticks with two styles of film. First are his el cheapo sci-fi and horror spoofs he produces with students at the San Francisco Art Institute. The other are his obsessive videotapings of his personal life. While there isn’t too much info on his two films screening at this event, Lingo of the Lost is definitely one of his student-fueled productions based on info sent out by Millennium. The other, Tummy Ache Time, I just don’t have any idea. But, you can bet it’ll be fun.

Mike Kuchar‘s films, on the other hand, have evolved mainly into digital cinema portraits of individuals. I believe I’ve seen one of Mike’s films that is included in this lineup, Medusa’s Gaze, based on the film’s description on the Video Data Bank site. Basically the film consists of a male subject spouting anguished poetry while he writhes around an apartment. All I can really say about it is that it’s a pretty crazy video. Echo’s Garden appears to be a similar type of movie, but taking place outdoors. The others I’m not familiar with.

Here’s the full lineup:

George Kuchar:
Tummy Ache Time (2010) 25 min.
Lingo of the Lost (2010) 35 min.

Mike Kuchar:
Idolatry (2010) 10 min.
Cinevegas (2009) 7 min.
Room 666 (2010) 10 min.
Medusa’s Gaze (2010) 12 min.
Echo’s Garden (2010) 12 min.
Opal Essence (2010) 12 min.