Underground Film Journal

Underground Film Archive

Magazines, catalogs, and other ephemera about underground film

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.

ARTIFACTS

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.

MAGAZINES

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

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)

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.

Incite: Journal of Experimental Media, 6 issues. 2008-2017

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.

Books

The Black Hole of the Camera: The Films of Andy Warhol

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.

Crackpot

  • By John Waters. Essays on popular culture by Waters. Published by Random House, Inc., 1987.

Deathtripping: The Extreme Underground

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.

Shock Value

  • 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.

Trash Trio

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

Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, 1 program

Film Exhibition Catalogues

Projected Images

  • 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