Below is the list of items contained in the Underground Film Journal’s archive. This is not a complete list and will be updated irregularly with more items, and possibly more detail on the items already listed.
4 B&W photo prints of Jonas Mekas (bought from Australian Ebay seller)
- Jonas with maybe Marie Menken filming in an art gallery (1965, according to seller)
- Jonas in a crowded hallway (1965, according to seller)
- Jonas hanging sheets of plastic with Barbara Rubin and maybe Jack Smith. From February 1966. The plastic was for a show by Rubin.
- Jonas with two men (1959, men being Michael John Fles and Irving Rosenthal, according to seller)
1 letter from Jonas Mekas to Frank Kuentsler. Film Culture letterhead. Dated October 16, 1958. Apparently signed by Jonas.
1 Underground Cinema 12 Membership Card. Valid for the Valley Theater at 509 Mill Avenue (in Tempe, AZ). Read here about Underground Cinema 12.
PROGRAMS / CALENDARS
AFI Theater Preview. April 5 — May 23, 1984. No underground film content.
Underground Cinema 12, 13 programs, various between August 1970 to December 1972. From various theaters that screened Underground Cinema 12 programs. Collection includes photocopies of press clippings of a few screenings. Read here about Underground Cinema 12.
Canyon Cinemanews, 1 issue , 1972
- 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.
Canyon Cinemazine, 1 issue , 2020/21
- No. 7. “Dear Folks: Notes And Letters From Bruce Baillie” Contains writings and ephemera from Canyon Cinema founder Bruce Baillie.
Cashiers Du Cinemart
- Issue 1. Original printing. No publication date listed. Includes extremely negative review of Richard Kern’s Hardcore Vol 1 VHS compilation.
Castle of Frankenstein, 1 issue, 1975
- Vol. 7, No. 1. Article on Andy Warhol’s Dracula and Frankenstein. Two promotional photos from John Waters’ Female Trouble. One of those photos includes actor George Stover, who also serves as a Contributing Editor to the magazine. (Watch Female Trouble online)
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, 20 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
Future Fantasy, 1 issue. 1978.
- Vol. 1, No. 1. No underground film content. Sci-fi movie articles. Archive copy has several missing pages.
Idiolects, 3 issues. 1976, 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Vol. 3, No. 3, Issue 44. No underground film content, except for an ad for Film Culture magazine.
- No. 45. No underground film content, except for an ad for Film Culture magazine.
- No. 46. No underground film content, but underground filmmaker Warren Sonbert is credited as Editor-in-Chief
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.
Send, 1 issue. 1984
- No. 9. No underground film content. Gene Youngblood listed as a Contributing Editor. A video arts and technology magazine.
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.
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.”
The Black Hole of the Camera: The Films of Andy Warhol
- By J. J. Murphy. Analysis of the films of Andy Warhol. Published by University of California Press, 2012.
By Any Means Necessary
- By Spike Lee, with Ralph Wiley. Oral history of the making of Lee’s Malcolm X, including the film’s screenplay. Published by Hyperion, 1992.
Canyon Cinema: The Life And Times Of An Independent Film Distributor
- By Scott MacDonald. History of Canyon Cinema. Published by University of California Press, 2008.
- By John Waters. Essays on popular culture by Waters. Published by Random House, Inc., 1987.
Deathtripping: The Extreme Underground
- By Jack Sargeant. History of the Cinema of Transgression. Published by Soft Skull Press, 2008. (A reprint from original edition published by Creation Books, 1995.) Read book review.
Film Culture Reader
- Edited by P. Adams Sitney. Reprints articles from Film Culture magazine, from issues 1 to 42. (Range of issues not verified.) Published by Cooper Square Press, 2000. (A reprint from original edition published in 1970.)
The Films of Doris Wishman
- Edited by Peggy Ahwesh. Reprint of a 1995 zine. Published by Inpatient Press / Light Industry, 2019.
Flesh and Excess: On Underground Film
- By Jack Sargeant. An examination of body-focused and transgressive films. Published by Amok Books, 2015.
An Introduction to the American Underground Film
- By Sheldon Renan. History of worldwide avant-garde and experimental filmmaking, plus profiles of essential 1960s underground filmmakers. Published by E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc., 1967. Read book review.
Naked Lens: Beat Cinema
- By Jack Sargeant. History of Beat sensibility in underground and independent film. Published by Soft Skull Press, 2008. (A reprint from original edition published by Creation Books, 1997.) Read book review.
Popism: The Warhol Sixties
- By Andy Warhol and Pat Hackett. Auto/biography of Warhol’s life in the 1960s, includes many stories about the making of his films. Published by Harvest / HBJ, 1990.
The Scene: Reports On Post-Modern Art
- By Calvin Tomkins. Reprints of artist profiles originally published in The New Yorker, including ones on Jonas Mekas, Andy Warhol, and Nam June Paik. Published by The Viking Press, 1976.
- By John Waters. Autobiography by Waters, including many stories about the making of his films and his inspirations. Published by Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc., 1981.
Stargazer: Andy Warhol’s World and His Films
- By Stephen Koch. Tales of the making of Andy Warhol‘s films. Published by Praeger Publishers, 1974. (Second printing.)
Subversion: The Definitive History of Underground Cinema
- By Duncan Reekie. History of avant-garde and experimental filmmaking, including pre-cinema processes. Published by Wallflower Press, 2007.
These Here Separated To See How They Standing Alone Or The Soundtracks Of Six Films
- By Stephanie Barber. Includes DVD of films by Barber. Published by Publishing Genius, 2010.
To Free The Cinema: Jonas Mekas & The New York Underground
- Edited by David E. James. Essays on the subject of Jonas Mekas. Published by Princeton University Press, 1992.
- By John Waters. Three screenplays by Waters: Pink Flamingos, Desperate Living, and the unfilmed Flamingos Forever. Published by Random House, Inc., 1988.
Uplift The Race
- By Spike Lee, with Lisa Jones. Oral history of the making of Lee’s School Daze, including the film’s screenplay. Published by Simon & Schuster Inc., 1988.
Film Distribution Catalogues
Canyon Cinema, 2 catalogues, 1 supplement. 1966, 1969, 1972
- No. 1, December 1966. First catalogue. Based in San Francisco. 16 pages. Read about the catalogue in detail here.
- No. 2 Supplement 1, 1969. Additional 44 pages to 2nd catalogue. Read about the catalogue in detail here.
- No. 3, Spring 1972. 218 pages of film listings. (Page count doesn’t include intro nor indexes.) Includes numerous film stills. Filmmakers given opportunity to design their own pages/sections.
Film-Makers’ Cooperative, 2 catalogues, 1 supplement. 1967, 1968, 1975
- No. 4, 1967. 177 pages, including intro and index.
- No. 4, Supplement, 1968. 48 pages.
- No. 6, 1975. 286 pages, including intro and index.
The Other Cinema, 1 catalogue. 1972
- No. 1, Summer, 1972. First catalogue. Based in London. Distributed primarily radical political films.
Film Festival Programs
Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2 programs
- August 16-22, 2001. 8th Annual Festival Program. Read reviews of films screened here.
- August 22-28, 2002. 9th Annual Festival Program.
Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, 1 program
- September 5-8, 2013. 25th Annual Festival Program. See full festival lineup here.
Film Exhibition Catalogues
- Sep. 21 to Nov. 3, 1974. Held at the Walker Art Center Minneapolis. An exhibition of “environmental works that depend upon specific light sources for their existence.” Features work by Peter Campus, Rockne Krebs, Paul Sharits, Michael Snow, Ted Victoria, and Robert Whitman
A History of the American Avant-Garde Cinema
- 1976. Organized by The American Federation of Arts. A touring film exhibition.
10 Years of Living Cinema
- Oct. 1 to Nov. 21, 1982. Catalogue is also considered an issue of The Living Cinema’s No Rose magazine, although no issue number is given.
The American New Wave: 1958-1967
- 1983. Organized by Media Study Buffalo and Walker Art Center Minneapolis. A touring film exhibition. Article on the program book here.