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Underground Film Links: September 26, 2010

By Mike Everleth ⋅ September 26, 2010

So, I’ve been doing these links posts for awhile now and it’s been very encouraging that they’re some of the most viewed articles on the site every week. However, even more exciting and inspiring is that I’ve had several bloggers/writers contact me lately to tell me that my linking to them provides a bit of a bump in readers for them. It really makes me happy that my readers are actually clicking through and reading these fantastic articles on other people’s websites. I mean, obviously that’s the whole point of this project, but I didn’t know the actual result until recently. It’s nice to hear. That said, on with the show:

  1. This week’s Must Read is an oldie, but a goodie. And by “oldie” I mean almost 50 years old. It’s Stan Vanderbeek’s 1961 manifesto “The Cinema Delimina” (careful: that link is a PDF), the manifesto from which the current connotation of the term “underground film” comes from. This is the first time I’ve ever seen it. Most surprising thing about the article: Vanderbeek doesn’t actually use the term “underground film” in it. Instead, the manifesto title includes the subtitle “Films From the Underground” while the article refers to all artists “who must work as if they were secret members of the underground.” That’s all references to “underground” that I can find. So, who shortened things up to just “underground film” is what I want to know now.
  2. Sadly, Australian filmmaker Samuel Genocchio was struck by a car and killed back on Sept. 11. Inside Film has the details. His latest film Bad Bush just screened at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival, and his previous film took home MUFF’s “Most Gratuitous Violence” award in ’04.
  3. Andrea Grover muses on how science geeks and art nerds can find common ground, which apparently they can at CMU. (BTW: That’s my terminology, not hers.) Plus, please go to that site and help her out if you can: She wants to build a list of artist residencies at industry-sponsored programs, such as Laurie Anderson residing at NASA. And if you know me, I’m a nerd for lists, so I want to see that one grow.
  4. For Examiner.com, Eric Shlapack started out strong covering the Arizona Underground Film Festival, then kind of petered out. But, it sounds like AUFF is having another successful year based on Shlapack’s stories.
  5. The Oakland North newspaper posted up a nice preview of the 2nd annual Oakland Underground Film Festival, which ends today. Plus, Jennifer North heads out to the fest. (Hope she had a good time.)
  6. Bob Moricz heads out to Spokane and meets up with Gary and Derrick of the Flicker Fest there. Plus, is Sacramento, CA really a vortex of evil?
  7. In his continuing series on Saskatchewan movie palaces, Mike Rollo next fills us in on the history of The Capitol in Moose Jaw. Pretty swanky.
  8. Donna k. has another screening report and pictures of Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then at the Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Another sweet lookin’ place. Plus, Cornell students really need to support their cinema.
  9. Filmmaker Jay Hollinsworth checks in to let us know what novel he’s been reading.
  10. Jack Sargeant digs up an obscure J.G. Ballard adaptation: The 1971 short film Crash!, which is based on the author’s The Atrocity Exhibition. Plus, the macabre art of Nicolas Grey, one Sargeant’s longtime friends. And, the hidden beauty of educational films.
  11. Mike White had a good time at his first ever book event for Impossibly Funky, which I swear I’m reviewing on the Underground Film Journal soon. It’s an awesome, awesome book.
  12. Don’t know how I missed this, but Waylon Bacon has a new news blog about his screenings, etc. Go marvel at the grotesque pictures of his latest films, then subscribe to his RSS.
  13. The Oxford Film Freak is on the jury of the Sidewalk Film Festival alongside underground legend Skizz Cyzyk.
  14. Congrats to Matthew Garrett for getting a fabulous review of his film Morris County on Twitch.
  15. Michael Varrati thinks you should know all about Ken Russell. Can’t argue with that!
  16. On Creepy Insight, Hugo profiles No Wave / Cinema of Transgression superstar Lydia Lunch.
  17. Bill Plympton gives an unexpected rave review to Zombieland. And I promise not to hold it against him. Plus, Plympton’s triumphant return to Telluride!
  18. Cerise Howard reviews the book Into the Past: The Cinema of Guy Maddin.
  19. Video artistes Kent Lambert and Jesse McLean interview each other for Conversations at the Edge.
  20. Best place to see Hong Kong movies back in the ’80s and ’90s? If you answered Hong Kong, you’d be wrong. The Phantom of Pulp clues us in with lots of nice ad mats, as he’s prone to do.
  21. Drugs or politics: Take your pick! So says Jean-Luc Godard on Landscape Suicide. Also, Godard on why video is totally awesome. Plus, did you know James M. Cain didn’t think much about Hammett nor Chandler?
  22. Alessandro Cima embeds the first part of the documentary The Century of the Self by Adam Curtis, which will make you not want to buy anything ever again. Ever.
  23. Glenn Kenny stands up for art while praising Apichatong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Plus, an intriguing review of Godard’s Film Socialisme.
  24. Yoel Meranda loved Uncle Boonmee, too, and posts up the director’s statement on the film. Plus, Meranda interviews fellow artist Adam Rokhsar.
  25. Zach Iannazzi has some nice Vietnamese street songs embedded.
  26. Don Swaynos points us to Film Threat’s positive review of S&M Lawn Care, which he edited.
  27. Not underground: Electric Sheep has a new interview with Joe Dante about his Splatter TV mini-series, which is now airing in England. (I just like hearing about Joe Dante.) Plus, an interview with Gaspar Noe.

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