Celluloid Wednesdays: The Kings of Underground Cinema

The museum screens "It Came from Kuchar" by Jennifer Kroot 2009, Run time: 1 hour 26 minutes
Long before YouTube and John Waters, there were the outrageous no-budget movies of underground filmmakers (and twin brothers) George and Mike Kuchar, who began making homespun films in the 1950s when they were 12 years old using a borrowed 8mm camera. Early Kuchar titles featured in this film include "I Was A Teenage Rumpot" and "Born of the Wind." In the early 1960s, alongside Andy Warhol, the Kuchar brothers shaped the New York underground film scene. Known as the “8 mm Mozarts,” their films were noticeably different than other underground films of the time. They were wildly funny, but also human and vulnerable. Their films have inspired many filmmakers, including John Waters, Buck Henry, Atom Egoyan, Guy Maddin and Wayne Wang (all are interviewed in this film). Despite having high profile fans, the Kuchars remain largely unknown because their only ambition is to make movies, not to be famous. Film is presented in digital projection.
Presented in partnership with the Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association (AMIPA). Free.