J. Hoberman is the long-running film critic at the Village Voice, who is screening some of his favorite underground films, like Eraserhead and Black Box.
Cinema of Transgression
Distributed by Cinema Abattoir, L’érotisme is a compilation of disturbing, sexually charged films, including ones by Usama Alshaibi and Serge de Cotret.
Soft Skull Press has reissued an amazing new edition of Jack Sargeant’s history of the influential Cinema of Transgression movement of the ’80s.
The Lausanne Underground Film Festival is screening Lloyd Kaufman’s Poultrygeist, a Damon Packard retrospective, plus a film by Bill Plympton and more.
The Coney Island Film Festival is screening Gary Beeber’s Bally-Master, plus films by Bill Plympton, Leah Meyerhoff and many more at Sideshows by the Seashore.
The 8th annual Melbourne Underground Film Festival is screening the films Susan for Now by Robin Franzi and a film by Kenta McGrath; plus more great films.
Underground film scholar Jack Sargeant says his classic text on the Cinema of Transgression movement, Deathtripping, is coming out with a new edition.
The 14th annual Chicago Underground Film Festival will be screening film Random Lunacy, plus films by Usama Alshaibi, Andrew Semans, James Fotopoulos and more.
Here’s a list of links to videos from the Cinema of Transgression movement, plus I’ve reprinted their manifesto from leader Nick Zedd.
Watch the short film “A Suicide” by Richard Klemann, which was one of the pioneering films of the Cinema of Transgression movement in NYC in the ’80s.