It Came From Kuchar + George Kuchar's San Francisco Shorts

It Came From Kuchar – 7:30pm
Underground filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar are finally the subjects of the loving, in-depth documentary portrait they deserve — one that serves to highlight their uniquely enchanting spirits. The definitive document on their careers, It Came From Kuchar traces George & Mike’s history from their childhood time in the 1950s spent compulsively copying Hollywood melodramas with their aunt’s 8mm home movie camera, to their time wowing the ‘60s underground film scene (and subsequently deeply influencing a young John Waters), and all the way to George’s forty-year legendary teaching/filmmaking stint at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he produced an endless ongoing array of crazed pieces with the aid of his yearly students. Alongside numerous clips from the Kuchars’ colorful filmography (including Hold Me While I’m Naked and Sins of the Fleshapoids) are revealing interviews with both filmmakers they’ve inspired, like John Waters, Buck Henry, Atom Egoyan, Todd Haynes and Wayne Wang — and key on-screen participants, ranging from the earliest days in the Bronx through George’s SFAI films of the current day. “What emerges is a heartfelt valentine to filmmaking at any cost.” — Nathan Rabin, AV Club
Dir. Jennifer M. Kroot, 2009, digital presentation, 86 min.

George Kuchar’s San Francisco Shorts – 9:15pm
After George lost his job doing commercial art work in New York City, he accepted a position as an associate professor at the San Fransisco Art Instiitute. Now on the West Coast, he not only continued his own personal output, but began making films with his students, films that range from the insane to the mildly pornographic, and often both. Plus, they’re funny as hell. Included in this program is one of George’s most incredible works, and one of our favorites: I, An Actress. “A short film made as a kind of screen test for one of Kuchar’s acting students during a filmmaking workshop. The student, Barbara Lapsley, is given a page from a ludicrously melodramatic script, set opposite a dummy draped in a coat with a curly wig to represent her husband, and then set loose to read her lines. The whole thing quickly degenerates, however, as Kuchar himself steps into the frame as the director, instructing his actress in how to read her lines and how to act, constantly urging her further and further over the top. The whole thing quickly becomes less a screen test…and more a demonstration of the sheer joy of moviemaking, the hands-on fun of the director in dictating what happens on a movie set.” — Ed Howard, Only The Cinema

Watch the trailer for “It Came From Kuchar”!
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Watch an excerpt from “I, An Actress”!