George Kuchar: A Thundercrack of Parlor Perversity Curated by Irene Bind:

Wednesday, September 16 at 9:00PM
Thursday, September 17 at 9:00PM
Winnipeg Cinematheque

Two nights of exciting and bizarre films by the cult legend George Kuchar brought to you by Planet Goatsucker and the Winnipeg Cinematheque!

George Kuchar ranks among the most exciting and prolific independent videomakers working today. With his homemade Super-8 and 16mm potboilers and melodramas of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, he became legendary as one of the most distinctive and outrageous American underground filmmakers. After his 1980s transition to the video medium, he remained a master of genre manipulation and subversion, creating dozens of brilliantly edited, hilarious, observant, often diaristic tapes with an 8mm camcorder, dime-store props, not-so-special effects, and using friends as actors and the “pageant that is life” as his studio. In 1992, Kuchar received the prestigious Maya Deren Award for Independent Film and Video Artists from the American Film Institute. He teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he makes many of his tapes in collaboration with his students.
-Video Data Bank

Usually you go into a theatre and there are three scenes. I mean three moments in the picture where it’s intense. I don’t believe in that. I believe the motion picture should be intense from beginning to end. No movie I’ve seen has had that…constant turbulence from beginning to end. So I have to go that way.
– George Kuchar describing his approach to filmmaking in a 1968 issue of Film Culture.

Wednesday, September 16 at 9:00PM
Thundercrack

Introduced by Irene Bindi

Kuchar’s long and loving interest in extreme weather is most poignantly portrayed in his “weather diary” films depicting his tornado-chasing exploits during severe storm seasons in Oklahoma. He habitually took up residence in hotel rooms and trailer parks in order to follow the storms as well as the locals. This first program features his motel room adventures with television, waiting, and stormy watching in Weather Diary #2. Also included are 1968’s Knocturne with Joyce Wieland, Frank Meyer, and Bocko and the short storm film, Wild Night in El Reno.

Program:
Weather Diary #2
Knocturne
Wild Night in El Reno

Thursday, September 17 at 9:00PM
Parlour Perversity: The Devil’s Cleavage & Mosholu Holiday

Introduced by Irene Bindi

This program focuses on Kuchar’s signature over-the-top trashy and tempestuous style of melodrama, inspired by the Hollywood melodramas of the 1940’s and 50’s, in The Devil’s Cleavage and Mosholu Holiday.

Program:
The Devil’s Cleavage
Mosholu Holiday

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~ by cineflyer on September 10, 2009.

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