Thursday, May 5, 2005

George and Mike Kuchar: Recent Preservations

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

In the late 1950s, Bronx-bred brothers George and Mike Kuchar began a prolific lifetime of filmmaking, using neighborhood friends and locations to optimistically ape Hollywood genre pictures. As teenagers, they unleashed their 8mm melodramas on New York’s unsuspecting underground, introducing much-needed elements of camp and comedy to the film scene, and influencing the likes of Jack Smith, Andy Warhol, and John Waters. The world has not been the same since. Tonight’s program presents a selection of the twins’ early works, recently preserved by Anthology Film Archives: George’s Sylvia’s Promise, A Town Called Tempest, and Anita Needs Me; and Mike’s Born of the Wind. (Steve Polta)

NOTE, special times, program shown twice