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Underground Film Links: December 26, 2010

Welcome to the last Underground Film Links post of 2010. I started this feature this year and it quickly became one of the most popular destinations on the site. Keep those great links coming in 2011!

  1. Squeaking in under the wire, Wreck and Salvage’s Aaron Valdez comes up with the quote of the year, perhaps the quote of the century: “Who the f*** is Stan Brakhage compared to Charlie Chainsaw?” I’ve long felt the same thing, but have failed to put it quite so eloquently. Just to be clear: I am 100% absolutely not kidding.
  2. A big, special Underground Film Journal congrats to Andrea Grover, the new curator at the Parrish Art Museum in Sag Harbor, NY!
  3. I totally screwed up and forgot to post the news earlier that the always incredibly awesome ATA Film & Video Festival in San Francisco had a special touring program screen all the way over in Hong Kong earlier this month.
  4. Facets Features mourns the closing of what has to be one of the strangest screening rooms I’ve ever heard of: Chicago’s Bank of America theater.
  5. Cork Film Centre’s Experimental Conversations online magazine has published their snazzy 6th edition, with articles on Guy DeBord, Eric Rohmer, Dimitri Kirsanov and more.
  6. Also, the 57th edition of Senses of Cinema went online last week. Gianluca Pulsoni’s report from the 6th Lucca Film Festival reveals lots of experimental goodness.
  7. Planet of Terror has a profanity-laced interview with the demented geniuses behind the filthy classic The Taint, Drew Bolduc and Dan Nelson.
  8. On a nicer note, I found this older interview with animator Jo Dery on the Little Otsu website, which goes into fascinating detail about her work processes. Plus, check out some cute animal portraits she has made of people.
  9. Just for fun, why don’t you go check out the list of all the films that the Anthology Film Archives has preserved over the years. Now imagine if all those were available for easy viewing. Droooool…..
  10. Bobby on Peaches Christ covers four more must-see Italian horror movies. Funny, I saw the title of the first one in the article, Anthropophagus, and thought, “Oooh, what’s that? Never heard of it!” Then, I started reading and realized it’s the awesome film The Grim Reaper.
  11. The Washington City Paper reports on the odd story of Carl Cephas who was just fired from the Library of Congress for acting inappropriately around his co-workers. Why this is film related is that Cephas also runs the Washington Psychotronic Film Society, which has an awesome database of cult films they’ve screened.
  12. Wall Street Journal profiles indie DVD distributor Factory 25 who makes unique packaging for their releases. The article doesn’t mention it, but they put out Underground Film Journal fave Altamont Now.
  13. Donna k. profiles the insanely talented and incredibly handsome Drew Henkels, one of the Underground Film Journal’s favorite people.
  14. DINCA has a seven question interview with Netherlands artist Rafaƫl Rozendaal.
  15. It’s that time of year for lists, so here’s Mike White’s list of his favorite YouTube videos this year.
  16. I like the Phantom of Pulp’s poster-ized Top 10 of 2010 list.
  17. Electric Sheep has their hits and misses of 2010.
  18. Richard Gray of the Reel Bits has included American: The Bill Hicks Story in his 2010 Top 10, which he saw at the Sydney Underground Film Festival.
  19. On Pajiba, a list of best non-theatrical 2010 releases includes The Horseman, which won Best Film at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival back in 2008.
  20. You learn something every day. The other day I learned, via the Phantom of Pulp, that there exists a German short film adaptation of Will Eisner’s emotionally grotesque comic book story The Super.

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