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Underground Film Links: December 23, 2012

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 23, 2012

Still from Beasts of the Southern Wild

Short list this week, but I want ya’ll to get your reading over early so you can run out and finish up your Christmas shopping!

  1. This week’s Must Read isn’t underground at all: BadAzz MoFo takes on the subject of African American “squalor porn” and how it applies to the widely acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild. He doesn’t slam the film — in fact, he says many nice things about it — but David always has an interesting take on subjects like this that are mandatory reading, with insights such as “the continued acceptance of squalor porn as a persistently accepted representation of black reality is the result of ideological constructs of racism and colonialism, manifested in cinema.” Great food for thought.
  2. This is very brief, but J Hoberman has a piece on Jonas Mekas turning 90 tomorrow.
  3. The Boulder Weekly has an article about local professor and experimental filmmaker Phil Solomon winning a $50,000 grant from United States Artists. Congrats, Phil!
  4. Only three more days left to squeeze in some Christmas movies and if you’ve seen all the usual suspects, 366 Weird Movies has, of course, some weird holiday movies you might want to catch.
  5. Donna k. digs into the Library of Congress film archives.
  6. Robert Maier has a sweet old photo of John Waters superstar Edith Massey outside of her legendary thrift shop.
  7. If you know me, you know I love old experimental film screenings posters. The Anthology Film Archives has one up from a 1977 Stan Brakhage event.
  8. Look out world … Bob Moricz is maturing!

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