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Underground Film Timeline: Phase 5 Complete

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 11, 2010

Underground Film Timeline

Woo-hoo! The Underground Film Journal’s Underground Film Timeline finally reaches the modern era! Or, at least, up until 2005.

I recently just finished adding data — film titles and significant events — from Jack Sargeant’s always awesome book, Deathtripping: The Extreme Underground. Of course, Sargeant only covers one aspect of the underground film movement in this book, i.e. the Cinema of Transgression, but I’m really thrilled to have at last incorporated this time period into the timeline.

It is a bit distressing that the most serious chroniclers of underground film history typically consider the movement ending sometime in the early ’70s. Sargeant is one of the few who is connects broad swatches of history, from the ’60s to the ’00s in Deathtripping as well as in Naked Lens. And maybe I shouldn’t be so pessimistic. I know there’s a bunch of books I still have yet to check out.

So, this is the point where I typically announce what Phase 6 of the timeline is going to be. But, I’m not going to do that this time.

I’ve already collected data from the next book I’m going to add to the timeline. It’s a surprising book that oddly fell into my lap. It’s a small book, so it only took me an afternoon to catalog. However, the book itself is an important piece of underground film history that I’m going to write up in a separate post before incorporating it into the timeline.

As much as I was complaining about most underground film books only focusing on older avant-garde and experimental films, this next book is about the oldest underground films around.

Ok, if you’ve gotten through all this of this fairly boring post, I’ll tell you what the book is:

It’s the catalog of the 1947 Art in Cinema series curated by Frank Stauffacher of the San Francisco Museum of Art, which is something I was very, very excited to find.

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