Most of the magazines and self-published zines listed below deal with underground film, but there are some genre magazines also listed and appropriately noted.
American Film, 1 issue , 1978
- Vol. 3, No. 10. Contains “Aspects of the Avant-Garde: A Special Section” with articles by Jonathan Rosenbaum, Jonas Mekas, and Robert Sklar.
BadAzz MoFo, 3 issues , 2001-06
- No. 6. 2001. Self-published zine that covers the world of blaxploitation cinema and other topics. No underground film content.
- No. 7. 2002. Self-published zine that covers the world of blaxploitation cinema and other topics, plus two comic stories. No underground film content.
- Super Digest No. 3. 2006. Contains content that would have gone into issue No. 8. (2 copies)
Boy From War, 1 issue , 2019
- Issue 1. Reprints of the art journals from 1988-89 kept by filmmaker Usama Alshaibi.
Canyon Cinemanews, 2 issues , 1972, 1978
- Issue 72-3. Cover calls issue The Illustrated Canyon Cinemanews. Edited by Ben VanMeter. Opening section of the zine covers the controversy over how to pay the new catalogue publishing costs of over $4,000. List of 10th Ann Arbor Film Festival awards. Other film festival news, listing of new films in the Canyon Cinema collection. Minutes of the March 15, 1972 Board of Directors meeting.
- Issue 78-2. Cover calls issue Cinema News. Edited by Henry Hills. Includes George Kuchar describing a visit to Europe; a poem by Jonas Mekas, “Aunt Kastune”; an interview with Tony Conrad; a letter from Stan Brakhage; a list of new films; and more.
Canyon Cinemazine, 3 issues , possibly 2019 to 2022
- No. 6. No date, but possibly 2019. Contains letters from filmmakers written to Canyon Cinema, including ones written by Chick Strand, Peter Hutton, Zachary Epcar, and many more.
- No. 7. 2020/21. “Dear Folks: Notes And Letters From Bruce Baillie“. Contains writings and ephemera from Canyon Cinema founder Bruce Baillie.
- No. 9. 2022. “Canyon Cinema Discovered”. Publication as part of a fellowship program that invited four fellows to create special curated screenings of films in the Canyon Cinema collection.
Cashiers Du Cinemart, 3 issues, unknown to 2012
- Issue 1. Original printing. No publication date listed. Includes extremely negative review of Richard Kern’s Hardcore Vol 1 VHS compilation.
- Issue 16. 2011. Articles and reviews of cult movies. No underground film content.
- Issue 17. 2012. Articles and reviews of cult movies. No underground film content, but filmmaker Bob Moricz writes about the films of Mike and Roberta Findlay.
Chicago, 1 issue, 1967
- Vol. 4, No. 4. Winter 1967. Article by Morry Roth on Chicago’s underground film scene, interviewing theater owners and filmmakers.
C-U Confidential, 10 issues, 2007-2016
- Nos 1-10. Covers the independent film scene of Illinois. (The C-U of the zine’s name stands for Champaign-Urbana.) Technically there isn’t any underground film content, but the zine covers creative, local independent productions.
Experimental Cinema, 1 issue, 1934
- No. 5. 1934. Primarily articles on Soviet cinema. (Archive has 2 copies.)
Fanfare, 1 issue
- Issue 2. Winter 1978. Bill Spicer, publisher and editor. Mark Evanier, editor. General pop culture articles. No underground film content.
Film Culture, 21 issues (counting double and triple issues as one)
- Various, between Nos. 9-80. Click here for extensive index of issues in the Underground Film Archive.
Film Panic, 2 issues, 2016-2017
- No. 3. Interviews with filmmakers Rouzbeh Rashidi, David Finkelstein, Toby Tatum, Hooroo Jackson, and Gurcius Gewdner.
- No. 4. Interviews with filmmakers Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian, Marnie Weber, Scott Barley, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Janj Rakus, and Susu Laroche.
Film Quarterly, 3 issues, 1961-1962, 1979
- Vol. 14, No. 4. “The Cinema Delimina: Films from the Underground” article by Stan Vanderbeek. Considered the first time the word “underground” was used to describe avant-garde and experimental films. Read about this article here.
- Vol. 15, No. 4. Advertisement for Contemporary Films distributor includes listing for Dan Drasin’s Sunday. A defense of Amos Vogel’s Cinema 16 screening series. Brief article by Jonas Mekas on his favorite films of the quarter, and also mentions the State Dept. destroying Film Loops by Shirley Clarke and others made for the Brussels World Fair. Reviews of Shirley Clarke’s The Connection, Jonas Mekas’s Guns of the Trees, and Drasin’s Sunday.
- Vol. 33, No. 2. “Chris Maclaine: The Man Who Invented Gold” review by J. J. Murphy. Ad for Stan Brakhage’s Film Biographies book
Film Society Review, 1 issue, 1968
- No issue or volume number. Brief news item on the American winners of the International Experimental Film Competition at Knokke-Le-Zoute, Belgium in December 1967.
Filmmakers Newsletter, 1 issue, 1971
- Vol. 4, No. 8. June 1971. Published and edited by Suni Mallow and H. Whitney Bailey. Includes article “Beware of Underground Film Festivals” by Bob Pike.
Films In Review, 1 issue, 1964
- Vol. XV, No. 2. Reviews of films at the 3rd International Film Competition at Knokke-Le-Zoute, Belgium in December 1963. Read about the competition here. (The Archive’s copy of this issue is missing the first page of the article.)
Friends, 1 issue, 1970
- No. 16. October 16, 1970. Includes a review by Jerome Burne of the International Underground Film Festival, held in London, England on September 14-20.
Future Fantasy, 1 issue. 1978.
- Vol. 1, No. 1. No underground film content. Sci-fi movie articles. Archive copy has several missing pages.
Hollywood Quarterly, 4 issues. 1945-1946. (Bound edition)
- Vol. 1, No. 1. October 1945. Articles on contemporary Hollywood and global cinema. No underground film content.
- Vol. 1, No. 2. January 1946. Articles on contemporary Hollywood and global cinema. No underground film content.
- Vol. 1, No. 3. April 1946. Articles on contemporary Hollywood and global cinema. No underground film content.
- Vol. 1, No. 4. July 1946. Article on documentary film written by filmmaker and curator Willard Van Dyke. Brief article on short films produced by Hollywood studios gives a shout out to Jammin’ the Blues, directed by Gjon Mili.
Idiolects, 3 issues. 1976, 1982, 1984.
- Vol. 1, No. 1. Reviews of underground films by Warren Sonbert, Larry Gottheim, William Wegman, George Landow, and more. Read about this issue in more detail here.
- Vol. 1, No. 2. Reviews of underground films by Larry Gottheim, Bob Schneider, Mike Kuchar, and more. Read about this issue in more detail here.
- No. 12. Contains articles by Bill Brand on avant-garde film; Janis Crystal Lipzin on a controversial screening at the San Francisco Cinematheque; Carmen Vigil also on the S.F. Cinematheque; a conversation between Anne Friedberg, J. Hoberman, and Joanna Kiernan; Christine Noll Brinckmann and Grahame Weinbren on No Wave films by Manuel De Landa, Amos Poe, Bette Gordon, and others; and more.
- No. 14. Interviews with Bruce Connor and Bette Gordon; a conversation between Carolee Schneemann and Robert Haller; artwork by Robert Breer; and more.
Incite: Journal of Experimental Media, 6 issues. 2008-2017
- No. 1. Manifest, Fall 2008/Spring 2009. Articles by Brett Kashmere (editor), Jonas Mekas, Leslie Supnet, Clint Enns, Richard Kerr, Scott MacKenzie, Regina Muff, and more.
- No. 2. Counter Archive, Spring 2010. Articles by Brett Kashmere (editor), Cat Tyc, Dave Barber, Noam Gonick, Walter Forsberg, and more. Includes DVD with films by Noam Gonick, Bryan Konefsky, Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, and more.
- No. 3. New Ages, Fall 2011. Articles by Brett Kashmere (editor), Jaimz Asmundson, Christina Battle, Roger Beebe, Jesse McLean, Clint Enns, Walter Forsberg, Shana Moulton, and more.
- No. 4. Exhibition Guide, Fall 2013. Articles by Steve Anker, Christina Battle, Clint Enns, Kate Ewald, Sandra Gibson, Ed Halter, Chris Kennedy, Jeanne Liotta, Jesse Malmed, and more.
- No. 5. Blockbuster, Fall 2014. Articles by Steve Anker, Christina Battle, Jodie Mack, Lucy Raven, Oliver Laric, and more.
- No. 7/8. Sports, 2016-17. Edited by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere. Articles by Walter Forsberg, Brian L. Frye, Christina Battle, Karen Kraven, and more.
Journal of the University Film Association, 7 issues. 1977-80.
- Vol. 29, No. 1. Academic film journal. No underground film content.
- Vol. 29, No. 2. Academic film journal. No underground film content.
- Vol. 30, No. 1. Academic film journal. Includes an index of Experimental Cinema magazine.
- Vol. 30, No. 3. Academic film journal. No underground film content.
- Vol. 30, No. 4. Academic film journal. No underground film content.
- Vol. 31, No. 3. Academic film journal. No underground film content.
- Vol. 32, No. 1 & 2. Academic film journal. No underground film content.
Lumpen, 1 issue. 1997.
- Vol. 6, No. 4. Political magazine that includes the program calendar of the 4th annual Chicago Underground Film Festival, along with reviews of several of the films that screened. View the festival lineup here.
Micro-Film, 2 issues + 1 announcement + 7 addendums. 1999-2005.
- The Warning Shot. March 1999. Six page photocopied announcement for the publication of Micro-Film’s first issue.
- Addendums vol. 1 nos. 1-7. August 1999 to April 2000. Double-sided photocopied pages with brief news updates, including an announcement for the 1999 Chicago Underground Film Festival.
- No 6. Winter 2004. Article on filmmaker Jeff Krulik (Heavy Metal Parking Lot). Reviews of Horns and Halos; and Reflections of Evil.
- No 7. Fall 2005. Article on Jon Moritsugu’s Scumrock. Review of the book The Encyclopedia of Underground Movies. A remembrance of Sarah Jacobson.
Millennium Film Journal, 12 issues. 1978-87, 2017-20.
- Various, between Nos. 2-18 and Nos. 66-72. Long-running journal published by the Millennium Film Workshop in New York City that is focused on independent and experimental media. Detailed index of issues to come.
Modern Monsters, 1 issue. 1966.
- No. 4. No underground film content. Genre/cult filmmaker Don Glut is Assistant Editor. Articles on classic and modern horror movies.
Mon Cine, 1 issue. 1924.
- No. 120. June 5, 1924. French film magazine. Includes a posthumous appreciation of filmmaker Louis Delluc, but focuses on his novel writing efforts.
Motion Picture, 3 issues. 1986-87.
- No. 1. Edited by Marjorie Keller and Susan Greene. Published by the Collective for Living Cinema. Includes biography of Stan Brakhage by his wife Jane; profile and filmography of Joe Gibbons; and more.
- No. 2. Edited by Marjorie Keller. Includes an article by Sidney Peterson, a continuation of a biography of Stan Brakhage by Jane, an article by Joyce Wieland, a “scenario” of Capriccio by Warren Sonbert, and more.
- No. 3. Edited by Marjorie Keller. Includes a review of Yvonne Rainer’s The Man Who Envied Women, an article on 8mm film by George Kuchar, a review of Mary Filippo’s Who Do You Think You Are, a continuation of a biography of Stan Brakhage by Jane, an article on the American Film Institute’s 1987 Maya Deren Award, Jonas Mekas on two films by Gunvor Nelson, and more.
New Cinema Review, 3 issues. 1969.
- Vol. 1, No. 1. Editor/Publisher: Suni Mallow. Articles by Jonas Mekas, Bob Cowan, P. Adams Sitney, and others. Articles on filmmakers George Kuchar, Stan Brakhage, Gerald Herman, Michael Stewart, David Weiss, Joyce Wieland, and Michael Snow. (Many articles are reprints from elsewhere.)
- Vol. 1, No. 2. Editor/Publisher: Suni Mallow. Articles by Bob Cowan, Jonas Mekas, Ken Kelman. Articles on filmmakers Robert Nelson, John Schofill, George Landow, Vernon Zimmerman. (Many articles are reprints from elsewhere.)
- Vol. 1, No. 3. Editor/Publisher: Suni Mallow. Articles by Bob Cowan, Lenny Lipton, and Roger Ebert. Articles on filmmakers Mark Adler, Terry Riley, Philip Gries, Michael Siporin, Charles Levine, and Richard Myers. (Many articles are reprints from elsewhere.)
The New Yorker, 1 issue. 1963.
- July 13, 1963. In the “Talk of the Town” section, article called “Cinema Underground” that profiles the Film-Makers’ Cooperative, including an interview with Jonas Mekas. The Cooperative at this time was located at 414 Park Avenue South. Impetus of the piece is the Bleecker Street Cinema no longer showing Cooperative films on Mondays at midnight. Also, the movie calendar indicates that Bleecker St. was showing a revival of John Cassavetes’s Shadows.
No Rose, 1 issue. 1976.
- Vol 1, No. 2. Fall 1976. Zine published by the Collective for Living Cinema. Edited by Renee Shafransky and Richard Levine. Article on Oscar Micheaux by J. Hoberman.
Nostalgia News, 2 issues. 1972.
- No. 14. No underground film content, but one article on amateur genre filmmaking by Steve Polwort.
- No. 16. No underground film content.
NY Film Bulletin, 3 issues. 1963(?) – 1964
October, 1 issue. 1980
- No. 14. Arts journal that includes several essays by and about Maya Deren.
One+One Filmmakers Journal, 1 issue. 2012
- No. 9. Interview with filmmakers Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pais (also editors of the zine). Review of independent film We Need To Talk About Kevin. Other general film and political articles.
The Penguin Film Review, 1 issue. 1948
- No. 5. January 1948. Article by Jacques B. Brunius, “Rise and Decline of an ‘Avant-Garde'” looks at the avant-garde film scene of France in the 1930s.
Send, 1 issue. 1984
- No. 9. No underground film content. Gene Youngblood listed as a Contributing Editor. A video arts and technology magazine.
Short Order Comix, 1 issue. 1974
- No. 2. Anthology of underground comix edited by Bill Griffith and Art Spiegelman. Includes two comix stories by George Kuchar.
Show, 1 issue. 1964
- Vol. IV, No. 4. November 1964. “Underground Movies” article by Andrew Sarris.
Star Warp, 2 issues. 1978
- Vol. 1, No. 2. No underground film content. General articles on sci-fi movies & TV shows.
- Vol. 1, No. 3. No underground film content. General articles on sci-fi movies & TV shows.
Take One, 4 issues. 1968 – 1970
- Vol. 1, No. 8. 1968. (No month given.) Cover features actress Donna Kerness, promoting an interview with Kerness conducted by actor/filmmaker Bob Cowan, both of whom starred in Sins of the Fleshapoids by Mike Kuchar. Issue also contains illustrations by Joyce Wieland of Shirley Clarke, Barbara Rubin, and Wieland; plus ads for Adolfas Mekas‘s film Hallelujiah the Hills and Sheldon Renan’s book An Introduction to the American Underground Film.
- Vol. 2, No. 1. September-October 1968. (But has copyright of 1969.) Only underground film content is column “New York Letter” by Bob Cowan about Joyce Wieland.
- Vol. 2, No. 4. Mar-Apr 1969. (Publication date: Dec. 30, 1969). Only underground film content is column “New York Letter” by Bob Cowan about his spending time in San Francisco and offering a harsh critique of Film Culture magazine.
- Vol. 2, No. 7. Sept-Oct 1969. (Publication date: Sept. 17, 1970). Only underground film content is column “Letter from N.Y.C.” by Bob Cowan about film Almira 38 by Nancy Kendall and other experimental films.
Time, 1 issue. 1967
- Vol. 89, No. 7, February 17, 1967. Article: “Art of Light & Lunacy: The New Underground Films”. Includes quotes from Jonas Mekas and descriptions of several popular underground films of the time. Article is generally positive in tone. No author given.
The Underground Film Bulletin, 1 issue.
- No. 4. No date printed in zine. Have no way of determining if this is a first printing or a reprint. Contains the infamous “The Cinema of Transgression Manifesto.”