Curated by Matthew Bonner
All films courtesy of Video Data Bank
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND - 7:30PM & 10PM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH - 7:30PM & 10PM
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH - 7:30PM & 10PM
The Mozarts of the 8mm! Underground filmmaking legends and twin brothers, George and Mike Kuchar, have made work since the 1950’s when they received an 8mm camera for their 12th birthday. The Kuchar Brothers are recognized along with the likes of Andy Warhol, Stan Brakhage, Kenneth Anger, Ken Jacobs, Jonas Mekas and others as defining what underground film was in America in the 1960s and represented a group of filmmakers whose unique styles are constantly referenced to this day.
Early embracers of consumer video technology, George and Mike took somewhat different paths creatively after their grand 16mm collaborations in the 1960s. Represented in these screenings are examples of George’s classroom pictures made with his classes at the San Francisco Art Institute and some current work by Mike who has taken over the teaching of the class since George passed away in September 2011.
Two programs, one for each brother...
2007-2008. TRT: 107 min.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND - 7:30PM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH - 10PM
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH - 7:30PM
FLESH OF FURY
Dir: George Kuchar, 2007.
29 min. USA.
This is a colorful fable of many foibles involving a man of the cloth who wishes to shed those accouterments for something of a more sinister fabric. The plot tumbles unrelentingly toward a sci-fi tone when a time machine is thrown into the vivid mélange and our anti-hero gets caught up with an ancient soul who has the hots for less ancient hunks. There’s spectacle on a budget and young and old doing their best to put on a big show about the sacred, the profane and the goofy.
THE GHOST OF DR. FOO
Dir: George Kuchar, 2007.
38 min. USA.
A sweeping saga of an evil matriarch and her march to infamy as she invades the hearts and souls of those organs and entities that reside in the male physique. A lustful excursion to the far corners of the globe as this vixen of vice weaves an occult web of sticky substances guaranteed to gummy up the gals and grease down the guys.
ORPHANS OF THE COSMOS
Dir: George Kuchar, 2008.
40 min. USA.
Made at the San Francisco Art Institute with my students, this tuneful picture transports the viewer to the planet Mars as three attractive teens seek funding for an expedition into adulthood. Along the way, they and we encounter the ups and downs of human relations and otherworldly intercourse. A family picture with timeless values, this foray into fantasy land on a tight budget should please the young at heart or old in body in unexpected ways. Although this trip is short on funding but big in concept it’s really quite a ride and looks like a million bucks for the vision impaired.
1995-2006. TRT: 68 min.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND - 10PM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH - 7:30PM
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH - 10PM
Dir: Mike Kuchar, 2006.
21 min. USA.
A young man's problematic journey through the 'Human Zoo'.
Dir: Mike Kuchar, 1995.
25 min. USA.
A 'dinner' reunion for two couples results in catastrophic indigestion.
I FACE THE NIGHT
Dir: Mike Kuchar, 2000.
22 min. USA.
The sun sets as depressions arise.
Trailer by Matthew Bonner
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