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Underground Film Links: May 8, 2011

By Mike Everleth ⋅ May 8, 2011

Candy Darling

Happy Mother’s Day! Let’s get to it:

  1. This week’s Must Read is j. j. murphy’s review of the Candy Darling documentary Beautiful Darling. Murphy usually writes about indie film screenplays, but I also really like his writings on Warhol, since I’ve been a Warhol nut since college.
  2. For Artforum, Amy Taubin reviews James Fotopoulos’ new feature Alice in Wonderland, which just made its World Premiere at Brooklyn’s Microscope Gallery. Taubin said it was a must see and now I’m dying to see it, too.
  3. Also, Fotopoulos has totally relaunched his company Fantasma Inc. on the web. Check out their new redesigned homepage, then hit ’em up on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and subscribe to the blog.
  4. For Time Out Chicago, Patrick Friel interviews the legendary Ken Jacobs about his lesser-discussed live-performance pieces.
  5. Bob Moricz was wowed by a Cinema Project screening of the films of William Eggleston. This brings up a good issue: I don’t read enough film screening reports online and I never know why that is.
  6. For Spacing Toronto, Brett Story reviews the currently hot-on-the-festival-circuit Battle for Brooklyn by Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, about a disastrous plan to build a sports complex in Brooklyn.
  7. The Milwaukee Underground Film Festival was this weekend and for OnMilwaukee.com, JC Poppe interviewed student organizers Andrew Gralton and Kira Klein.
  8. Cineflyer has some more press reports regarding Winnipet’s Paper Plastic animation festival, which was held a few days ago.
  9. Usama Alshaibi has a nice remembrance of his Nice Bombs premiere at the Chicago Underground Film Festival and includes photos of Christie Hefner and the late Studs Turkel.
  10. Jay Hollinsworth has a couple new rock documentary suggestions for everyone to check out, including Searching for Elliott Smith and Blank City.
  11. Speaking of rock docs, Mike White saw a few at CIMMFest and gives a report.
  12. Landscape Suicide continues to make some interesting film still pairings. This time he chronicles the revolution from Grigori Kozintsev & Leonid Trauberg’s 1929 Novyy Vavilon and Guy Debord’s 1973 La société du spectacle.
  13. Peaches Christ had a brief chat with SFist regarding the brilliance of Mommie Dearest.
  14. Bill Plympton is having a good time out there promoting his new coffee table book, Independently Animated. He especially had a great time at his book party, with the pictures to prove it!
  15. IndieWIRE has lots of advice on how to run a thriving arthouse theater in this economy. Also, an interview with Marie Losier about The Ballad of Genesis & Lady Jaye.
  16. Chopping Mall has some thoughts on the shortening of VOD release date windows and brings up several issues I agree with.
  17. Patrick Smith usually puts up interesting sketches by artists, but I was particularly taken by these beautiful ones by OYO.
  18. Special thanks to the Instant View Film Festival website, which has included the Underground Film Journal in its blogroll. It also happens to be a great idea greatly executed for a website, curating groups of films you should watch together.
  19. Not underground, but funny: Glenn Kenny wonders why people who want to pick on “arty” cinema instinctively start picking on Tarkovskiy’s Solaris, which is a totally rockin’ movie, by the way.

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