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Underground Film Links: May 16, 2010

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We’re going to start off with links to several film still galleries, which seemed to be all the rage this week:

  1. Filmmaker Phil Solomon put up a quartet of B&W film stills from his 2002 Psalm III: “Night of the Meek” in anticipation of a new screening.
  2. Enter the very colorful mirror world of Harry Smith via 7 film stills found by DINCA.
  3. Making Light of It has a selection of screen captures from Brakhage’s Love Songs, plus scans from Emmett Williams’ experimental poem Sweethearts.
  4. Bob Moricz put up a single still of the legendary — and his personal mentor — George Kuchar from Moricz’s own film Brainbox. Bonus: A still of actor Jesse Stanowski, whose face you’ll never see again in film, from Palace of Stains.
  5. Not underground, but Candlelight Stories has a link to an awesome Ultraman painted art gallery featuring work from 1965 to 1972.
  6. Ok, that’s it for the galleries. For something a little more provocative, British filmmaker Daniel Fawcett offers up a bold challenge: No working for the entrenched media industry! Make underground films and work “real” jobs if you have to make a living.
  7. In festival news, the 2nd annual Migrating Forms is happening in NYC this week, which got several nice pre-fest write-ups. First, TCM’s official blog had a terrific overview, focusing mostly on the feature film Erie by Kevin Jerome Everson. Second, there’s the L Magazine’s very nice preview. Then, the swanky Art in America has a write-up. And, of course, the Village Voice has a nice long piece on the event.
  8. The Montreal Underground Film Festival received some brief previews from Hour and Midnight Poutine.
  9. In non-underground fest coverage, Facets’ Milos Stehlik is offering up reports from the 2010 Cannes. I can’t link to the series, but you can begin here.
  10. Chuck Workman’s Visionaries: Jonas Mekas and the (Mostly) American Avant-Garde is still racking up reviews. Slant (of course) slams it.
  11. While I thoroughly enjoyed the 3D animated mainstream film How to Train Your Dragon myself, I was still a little taken aback to hear underground animator Bill Plympton declare it a “masterpiece.”