Underground Film Links: March 25, 2012
- This week’s Must Read: Michael Varrati excellent profile of filmmaker, actor and all-around B-movie icon Paul Bartel. Not only is the article a terrific overview of Bartel’s amazing career, but the personal angle Varrati uncharacteristically tosses in is very moving.
- What do Abel Ferrara and John Carpenter have in common? Um, well, the Phantom of Pulp has some not nice words for them, of which he’s completely correct. Plus, a rave review of the little seen film Boy Wonder.
- I already urged people to do this on Facebook, but now I’m urging you all over again: Please encourage Mark Toscano to write more about the projects he’s preserving at the motion picture academy. These are articles we need to read!
- I have never heard of the horror movie Burning Moon (1997) and no matter how much Rick Trembles claims its awful in his latest Snubdom, he makes it sound like a must-see. The POV of an eyeball being rammed down somebody’s mouth? That sounds kind of cool!
- Glenn Kenny has a terrific excerpt from an old article he wrote about watching grindhouse flicks at the Plaza Theater in Paterson, NJ in the late ’70s and ’80s. Some great experiences!
- Donna k. interviews green screen media artist Erica Magrey, aka Metalmags, whose little bit of work I sampled there seems like an unholy alliance between Sid & Marty Krofft and George & Mike Kuchar.
- Babara Anastacio has some wonderful words of advice from Jonas Mekas.
- Robert Maier has racked up a couple more reviews for his awesome book Low Budget Hell: The Houston Press not only says very nice things about it, but they interviewed Maier as well. PopMatters has a not-as-nice review that kind of irks me.
- DINCA has a short interview with Sara Ludy, a Vancouver-based multimedia artist.
- Cineflyer raves about the direct cinema experiment Marchaloops by filmmaker Devon Damonte. I gotta go watch those myself now.
- Jesse McLean has posted up some of her students’ reactions to her video installation course she’s been teaching at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Fun class.
- The new Senses of Cinema issue (#62) is out, which includes — among many, many other things — this review of George Kuchar’s Wild Night in El Reno.
- Robert Putka had a good, inspiring time at SXSW.
- Bob Moricz discusses starting work on his latest underground opus, Charlemagne!
- Brakhage in repose
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